Faulkner Trail

MODERATE 46 reviews

Faulkner Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodstock, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
531 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



12 days ago

great walk. looking forward to exploring more up there

3 months ago

Nice views of the Woodstock valley on the well maintained switchback trails leading up from Faulkner Park. Last few hundred feet near the South view are more “trail like” and steeper than the switchbacks. Please be aware that the loop trail shown on the map includes a descent on the Precipice trail, a much steeper and much more difficult route, especially for seniors with less flexibility. The Precipice does have a convenient cable hand rail system that makes this scramble a lot easier, but it could present a significant challenge in wetter conditions. If it’s a leisurely stroll to some gorgeous views you’re after, take the switch back (Faulkner Trail) back down.

9 months ago

Nice hike although top was closed so improvised a loop trail.

10 months ago

Just perfect.

11 months ago

Very easy hike.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Took Faulkner up and Precipice down. Faulkner is well-marked, great for novices. Pretty view of the valley from the top. Lots of traffic, including some school groups. Precipice was less trafficked. A bit narrow at points (hence precipice), but not scary or needing special equipment since there is informal railing along the way. A solid, quick, and easily accessible hike.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Couple tough spots for dogs but overall nice

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I if you follow directions on the way back you have to go through tough trail. A lot of fun though.

Friday, August 11, 2017

This trail is very entertaining to hike. Lots of interesting spots, and great woods for photography. If I lived in the area I would definitely go again, I bet its amazing in the fall.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is a wide smooth trail with little incline for most of it. Great trail for family even with small kids.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

trail running
Saturday, May 20, 2017

It's a great steady climb until the top where you have to slow down because it's steep and a bit rocky!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nice hike up. Switchbacks on the way up until the top section where it gets a little steeper and has some rocks. Great views of the Town of Woodstock at the South Peak.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Pretty mountain overlooks views of idyllic little Woodstock, VT.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice easy hike. Unfortunately the upper section of the trail was closed due to construction (closed until September 30th) but saw plenty of chipmunks and a red eft newt.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great little hike. Nice and easy on the way up and a much more interesting trip down. Not so sure I would bring small children down that way, very steep drop offs and only a steel cable to hold you back.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

great hike and appreciate the cables!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Easy climb. Great for a nice stroll with the family or pets.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

We parked on Mountain Road near the park.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Did this hike on Oct. 5, 2014. Other reviews complain about finding the trail head? Suggestions - go to the Visitors Center at the Billings Farm and Museum on Rt 12 North of the village of Woodstock (about a mile from town) and ask for a Walking trail Map. ( they keep the 'good ones' under the counter and you have to ask for it .. took two requests for me). With the map, you'll see all the access points to mount Tom including this Faulkner trail. And the loop at the top is nice and level, fast, goes to the little Pond.
Trailhead location - go to the Center Green of Woodstock. Find the covered bridge. Drive across it, then at the first intersection go straight on Mountain road. It will hook to the left. Go about 1/8 mile and there is a Park on the right (Faulkner Park?). park on the street. Follow the black top paths to the rear and you'll see the path ascending the hill side. This trail has numerous Cut-backs (intentional) to make the climb smooth and steady.... after about 4 or 5 of these, we started to cut "straight up the hill" where the ground was clear and shortened the total.
Hike was easy and the view was pretty nice ( 7.0) too. many cross country ski trails at the top .. and the map definitely helps you navigate all of those.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We actually drove past the trailhead because it's in the middle of an estate neighborhood. The trailhead looks more like the entrance to a golf course.

The trail is easy to moderate and about a mile up and a mile back. The last tenth of a mile near the overlook is more of a moderately challenging trek. There is a big lighted star at the top. I'd like to go back when it lit.

Anyone of average health could make this hike.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

If you can find the trail head! Great place to hike. We went up and checked it out today. Great time. Speed hiked it, great workout.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Mt Tom trail is great year round. During the spring and summer, everything is in bloom and the wildlife is milling around. In the fall, the trees are just amazing. And the winter is what surpries me. The trail is groomed and used enough to get around in snow hiking shoes and snowshoes. There is hardly a sole out there. The view from the summit is breath taking. There are picnic benches near the top so that you may enjoying to panoramic view of Woodstock while eating. This trail is a definite must.

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