Explore the most popular forest 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.

Parts of this trail are on the difficult side but overall a doable hike considering the distance taking breaks it was doable to get to the Goddard shelter in about 6-7 hours and we are far from being in too physical shape. The biggest struggle is water conservation there’s about a 6.5 mile stretch with no water access without taking a half mile detour to a pond. I would highly recommend doing this hike in late June to mid July if you don’t mind sharing campsites with through hikers we probably met 15 people that were on there way to Maine from Georgia. The views aren’t especially rewarding for how rigorous this hike is

Be aware that the map literally starts this trail on the highway ... look at the other mapping of this trail for parking location. Very strenuous hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome strenous trail. Take plenty of water: there are few ascends that will break your sweat. The trail follows and crosses a brook, with number of swampy spots, so wear waterproof shoes. The new trail goes over areas filled with freshly blasted rock, which can treacherous in wet condition. Nothing much to see at the top as its covered with tall bush. But stop by at the summit, for a moment of silence, when you pass by remains of an aircraft that crashed at the mountain few years ago.....

We walked in and out -20 miles - in nine hours. We were moving fairly quickly the whole time with only a few short breaks. Decided to turn around a mile and a half short of fire tower in order to get back to route 9 before dark. Intense bugs in early june. bring bug spray and consider purchasing one of those hats with netting over the face. moderately challenging.
The pros: once you get in a few miles it is not well travelled and feels very remote. no noise except the forest. the con: kind of boring as there are no views during the ten miles walking north from route 9 and the scenery does not change much.

Gorgeous views at the top and beautiful scenery on the way up. Despite being a chunk of the AT, wasn't all that busy on a Saturday in June.

Do not underestimate this trail. The beginning from rt 9 is a test of your will. A large elevation climb. It is a tough trail in good weather and conditions.

The beginning is steep, rain made it harder than usual, good boots or hiking shores are a must. Once up on the ridge, the hike is easy, the views are nice. If you have packed some sandwiches, the top is a good place to eat and enjoy the vistas.

Great hike! Pretty easy until you get towards the top. Still a good amount of snow on the last mile. Best view you'll get is about 3 miles in. Off to the left an opening. Not much of a view on top but still an a good experience to go up

The first half mile will really test your legs. Very steep, challenging, yet exhilarating! After you reach the vista, you are treated to scenes out of a fantasy movie. Be sure to check out the panoramic view just behind the summit sign!

Well marked trail with a steep incline in the beginning, strenous but not too hard. Great views and dog approved! Good trail for a dog used to trails and has some listening skills and is conditioned a little.

walking
11 months ago

Great loop around the reservoir. Wet in some spots but maintained very well. Very tranquil. Loop took 75 minutes in total.

I hiked here as part of a 65 mile section of the Long Trail I was doing. The hike is was fairly difficult with a lot of ups and downs. The top of Glastenbury has an old fire tower with amazing views in all directions. The shelter is a little ways downhill from the summit. I would recommend returning to the fire tower to watch the sunset after you set up camp.

This trail was pretty intense at the beginning. Lots of rocks and pretty steap but totally doable, just breathe and make it to the top! Once at the top it does clear out to a pretty clear with some areas of tall grass. The veiw of Bennington at the top was beautiful ♡

11 months ago

very easy trail. $4 for each person to hike.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice, peaceful trail with the reward of chilling by the reservoir at the end. The trail is pretty flat - the main challenge is fording all the little streams. It can be muddy in spots.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Well maintained trail, perfect for walking with kids and dogs. Picnic areas abound, perfect for a snack before or after your walk. Kona gives this 4 out of 4 paws.

Lots of rocks and quite steep at first and then gives way to a lovely fern forest before the summit where you can see Bennington down below. A challenging work out but worth it! Took us about 2 1/2 hours. Highly recommend!

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great trail for family with young children. Well marked and maintained.

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A very gentle 2+ mile hike around the reservoir. Nice family hike.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

nice short walk around the pond only took about an hr and a half

trail running
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Easy run to the vista or summit.

OMG- the first part is crazy with the rock steps and climbing- a good cardio!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A very gentle 2+ mile hike around the reservoir. Nice family hike.

on Bald Mountain Trail

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Not too difficult of a hike, but it was a good reminder of how out of shape I am. Finding the peak was a little difficult, we ended up back-tracking and having lunch where the three paths meet. The trees block most of the view, but it was still nice. It was also freezing at the top, I recommend warm clothes and even a hat.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

very steep rock stairs at beginning (and end) make the hike strenuous, but once you're past the stairs it's not that bad. I got to this top of Harmon Hill in just over and hour. lots of mud/water to be aware of.

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

This is a portion of the West Ridge Trail that heads to the summit of Glastenbury Mountain. I really love what this trail has to offer all wrapped into a 2.4 mile, 1548' elevation change. Great views and camping possibilities on the summit. I often bring my wife and my 2 sons (ages 17 and 9). It can be strenuous for those who are not in shape with many opportunities to twist an ankle on the decent because of the rocky terrain. This is by far my favorite short hike in my locale. There are wild blueberries at the summit which tend to attract black bear so keep your eyes peeled.

a buddy and I did this in January 2014. We started at route 9 and snow shoed all the way in to the GOddard Shelter, and back out the next morning instead of the west ridge. It was EXTREMELY cold overnight with ambient temps below zero and wind chills around -30. In the morning we made our way up tto the top of the fire tower, then broke trail the whole way out. It was somewhat grueling and should not be taken lightly in the winter. Would have gotten five stars, except you don't get much in the way of views, and the AT blazes are very worn so trail finding in deep fresh snow can be interesting...

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