The town of Bolton is predominantly rural, and there are four principal settlements: (View Map)
- Bolton proper is located in the Winooski River valley, on the north side of the river.
- West Bolton is located in the northwest corner of the town, and is accessed primarily from the adjacent town of Jericho.
- A thin strip of land, known as “the back side of the river”, is located south of the Winooski River. The only road access is through the neighboring towns of Richmond and Duxbury.
Real estate in Bolton Vermont is popular because of the small community, rural feeling, and close proximity to skiing. A small number of year-round residents live near the Bolton Valley ski area, a high mountain alpine ski village surrounded by over 5,000 pristine acres, offering telemark, Nordic, backcountry, and night skiing, and snowboarding. The town has more than twenty mountains of over 2,000 feet, and nearly as many more just under that height.
The Long Trail passes through Bolton on its way from Camel’s Hump to Mount Mansfield. The Winooski River flows through the center of town, with tillable land along its banks, but Bolton is otherwise rocky and mountainous. W.S.Rann’s 1886 history of Chittenden County refers to it as “the land of boulders and bears.”
Bolton is part of the Chittenden East Supervisory Union (CESU). Pre-K through Grade 4 students attend the Smilie Memorial Elementary School located on Route 2. Grades 5 through 8 attend Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond. Grades 9-12 attend Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho.