Explore the most popular trails near Bennington with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Very easy parking at VT-9, right at AT Trailhead. Strenuous first 1/2 mile is challenging consistent 25-30% grade, but well placed and maintained flat rocks ease the climb. The views from Harmon Hill are simply spectacular ... 50+ miles to the West and NW ... and quintessential NE town of Bennington nestled just below. Bring your camera and picnicking gear!!

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Easy hike. Well maintained. Newly spray painted blue trail markings. Great views and multiple access to lake.

hiking
5 days ago

Rainy day hike, so muddy puddles on logging trail as noted. Very peaceful.

hiking
8 days ago

The pond at the end of the trail is lovely and larger than expected! This walk is mostly on a wide trail with the beginning and end of the walk on narrower pathways. Would recommend as a leisurely activity!

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muddy
9 days ago

Quite alot of puddles in the road. Some are quite large. The hike was mostly road, and mostly dead of people. It was a little cold, but reached the pond. Had lunch and listened to the silence of just us being there. Saw no fish, no minnows, no wildlife except birds on the way in and out. Found some berries on the way out and some apples. Quite tasty. Take the hike you wont be disappointed.

hiking
17 days ago

Really fun hike with lots of trail scenery, difficulty level was moderate/easy. Not much for scenic lookout views but worth a hike, the dog enjoyed the terrain and streams.

hiking
21 days ago

I would recommend using the trail for trail running. The hike is mostly a road until the last quarter. Regardless, during your walk look for raspberries, blackberries, apples, humming birds, and quite a few varieties of wildflowers. The end result of the hike is beautiful and is a great place to swim and possibly have a fire because there is a fire pit. Enjoy!

hiking
25 days ago

White rocks view 3 miles up is nice.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy hike with some great views of the reservoir and some fresh pine forests. It is muddy in some places so make sure you wear hiking boots and look for some toads and frogs. There are foot bridges for the wettest areas. Keep an eye out for birds and take your time to enjoy the quiet. The trail is well maintained which was great because some areas, the blue markers have washed or peeled off from the trees. After your hike make sure you have snacks or a lunch and sit by the water then take a swim. It is not very crowded and only costs $4 if you do not have a state park season pass.

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scramble
1 month ago

A challenging walk in the woods. Sharing the AT for about 100 miles you get to meet some amazing thru-hikers, after that it gets very quite. Plenty of water, shelters, mud and bugs, but don't let that discourage you, the oldest hike is the best hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Very well marked trail but super wet. As others have said there's not much to see at the top.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Tough scramble at the beginning which was especially treacherous when wet. Levels off but primarily a walk through the woods with no views. Overgrown in a couple of areas. Overall there a much nicer hikes in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a quick and interesting trail. I thought the southern part of the lake was the most interesting. It was good for my dog too and we cooled off at the swimming area after. It cost $4 per person to enter the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike along gravel access road/snowmobile trail. Mostly shaded. First and last quarter miles were footpath hiking trail, which I what I was expecting the whole way. Lake view was worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is well maintained. Lake is lovely. Great for a swim after. Mostly flat and easy going. A few rocky/rooty/muddy sections.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, great for kids, dogs, people. Muddy spots but a lot of planks to get over the those areas.

A long segment mostly through the woods. Yes, there are not many views (only real good one is at Glastenbury summit), but the woods are really beautiful and has a great wilderness feel. Be prepared for mostly rolling forest walking. Last water on the loop counterclockwise is at Hell Hollow (or Little Pond) before you get to Goddard shelter. LT/AT section has much more mud then West Ridge, which was the best trail section of the trip. The intersection of Bald Mountain trail to pavement at the bottom of the mountain is tricky and unmarked, hang left when you get to an intersection of three dirt roads, which will lead you to Long Trail Rd and eventually rt. 9. The roadwalking is longer then you think. If you are in shape and hiking fast, easily doable starting in early-mid PM, camp, and off-trail by 1 next day.

Beautiful! My GPS said 10.2 to the fire tower. Trail signs say 10.1. Friendly folks and very well maintained trail. Met some trail stewards while we were out there! Absolutely lovely way to spend 14 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike. Nice views of the water.

This trail is tough , you start with 1 mile of just straight going up , defiantly if your backpacking do not carry so much , I learned my lesson , it’s very tough but defiantly worth it ! Pack light !

hiking
snow
5 months ago

very pretty trail with an anticlimactic peak. almost felt it would've been better to stop at the white cliffs lookout.

on Bald Mountain

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muddy
rocky
snow
5 months ago

Nice but not easy climb. Was muddy and icy when I went. Still about 18"of snow at the top. The vista is excellent. Go to your left when you see the piled up white rocks on the way up. The coordinates given below are spot on. If you want to shorten the hike you won't miss a lot by heading back once you've visited the vista.

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