Merck Forest Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dorset, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain1,046 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This is part of the larger network of dirt roads and foot trails on the Merck Farm and Forest, the Antone Road trail leads to the summit of Antone Mountain. The Antone Road trail connects at several junctions with other road and foot trails.

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Kaitlin Ashley
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Nice easy/moderate trail! Part of a large trail system, so you could easily go longer, and you may be able to make this more of a loop. Excellent views from lookout on top of Mt Antone - probably among the best we’ve seen in South VT. Highly recommend. Excited to try this in the snow.

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Melissa Connolly
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The views were beautiful from the top of Mount Antone...and along the way. the road leading up to it was easy to follow. The grade did get steep at times for a road. I took side trails back down. - to the Beebe Pond shelters. The markers there were not quite as easy to follow especially with leaves obscuring a small but visible trail. But you start by going through the farm area which is also fantastic with its own beautiful VT views and the visitor center and privvy are added bonuses.

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Karen Pepe
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awesome

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Kayla Zoppel
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Nice trails. Did a large loop hitting multiple side trails. Could be labeled as easy.

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Vicki Guiliani
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2-2.5 hours, great level of relaxing and exertion, great views to start and finish.

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Lynn Guerra
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Well maintained trails and roads with a beautifully marked map. The views from Mount Antone and the Lookout are beautiful!

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Jeremy Chestler
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HikingBugsGreat!

Gorgeous trail. Nice walk. Strenuous at times but worth the view at the top of Antone.

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Agata Natkaniec
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We did old town road to the lookout point trail then to antone rd to mount Anton. We didn’t quite make it all the way to the top but there was a cute little view. Our favorite was the part of the trail through the farm. The lookout point trail is a mile of a loopy workout uphill. We enjoy a good workout so it was great for us.

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Brittany Tucker 愛
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HikingGreat!Over grown

the name of the trail is different from what's actually here at the mountain but still easy to follow. very steep at times and only a couple viewpoints but a great leg workout! I brought my 2 dogs and they had a great time!

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Mo Aldrich
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Decent enough workout, wide open trail, pretty steady incline. Easy to moderate. Downfall - if you stay on this particular trail (Mount Antone) the payoff at the top isn’t the greatest (less than 180• view). There are other designated trails near the summit that perhaps have better views of the mountains of VT, but the top of Antone wasn’t that great. Hiking and trail running. Watch out for horse piles.

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Steve Hallock
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Great trail. Well maintained. Great workout!

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Bill Doaner
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Beautiful views at the top of Antone Mountain.

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Brit L.
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Awesome trail, the farm land is gorgeous and there were lots of trails to choose from. Plenty of parking and easily marked. We took the Antone Mountain trail which was a little steep at some parts but not bad, gorgeous views!

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Bryan Arbuckle
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the kids loved this hike. nice and peaceful

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Lizz LeRoy
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Was really fun a tad icy when I was there but would definitely go back again!

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Frank Henson
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Awesome view at top. Chilly day, overcast, but fine.

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Lara Ayad
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This is a review only for most of the trails on the western and southern sections of the Merck Farm and Forest grounds. It is not a reflection of the rest of the grounds and activities on the farm, which is a fantastic, beautiful, and welcoming place. I hiked on the Merck Forest grounds yesterday, and the trail listed here is the Antone Mountain (or Antone Road) trail, which ends in a rather average lookout from its summit. Antone Road is easy to follow, but many of the other main trails that run along dirt roads and foot trails are very overgrown, to the point where I felt uncomfortable continuing on some of them. At least one trail called Beebe Pond promised a view of a pond near the end, but when I explored it fully, I found there was no pond. Another disadvantage is that you are surrounded by big, green mountains, but you can hardly see them or get to lookouts a vast majority of the time on these trails. I didn't take any stars off for all of the bugs because that was my own fault for not wearing repellent at the tail end of May. I recommend stopping to say hello at the Visitor Center and sticking to the main dirt roads that run right through the farm itself, where you can view beautiful mountain valleys below, the animals, and the more educational grounds, such as the Silviculture or Old Farm Trails. The other trails just had no rhyme or reason and little payoff for the amount of mileage required. Peaceful and quiet, only saw two or three groups on a Friday afternoon. I hope that the staff use some of their funds to maintain more of the foot trails this season. Trail signage and markers were decent for a farm.

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Mark Bivona
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Sarah Theriault
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Such a great spot! This is a working farm that takes donations and welcomes dogs! Keep the leashed at the parking lot, visitors center and farmland bug let them loose in the forest! They have 30 miles of trails so it's definitely an adventure.

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Rebecca Stevens
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Many options for hiking between roads and trails. To experience everything you need to make several visits.

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Don L
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Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.

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Rob Gdyk
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Gorgeous view from Mount Antone overlook.

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