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.

Didn’t do the whole thing, so take my review with a grain of salt. Packed up to a campsite near Hollow Creek at 3.2m, then went to Little Pond the next day, and then packed back out. Was the last weekend in September after a couple of days of rain, so the trail was very muddy, boggy, and leaf-covered for long stretches. Campsite by the creek was nice and flat with a decent stone fire ring, and about far enough off the AT so we didn’t have traffic right through the site. Little Pond was definitely worth a visit, and also a good place to camp. Only two viewpoints on the stretch we did, neither of which were mind-blowing.

Despite my phone dying after day one and not recording the second leg of this 2 day trip, I did make the whole loop. There aren't a lot of views on this route. A couple of glimpses through breaks in the trees. There are plenty of campsites along the LT/AT and water sources everywhere. Most of the route was rolling terrain until hitting the base of Glastenbury Mountain. From there it was straight up for a decent stretch. Once turning onto the Bald Mountain trail it worked it's way down with some rolling terrain that was pretty easy. 13.2 miles done on the first day before camping. On day 2 I again continued with rolling terrain before climbing straight up for a short distance. Then it was relatively easy walking along the arm of the ridge. Bald Mountain trail is part of the Glastenbury Wilderness and the trail isn't nearly as well traveled as the LT/AT so it's narrow and sometimes looks no more than a deer path. Overall this was an enjoyable hike and I would do it again. Oh, the side trip to Little Pond was worth the trip as well. it's a very pleasant spot for a break or a camp.

backpacking
1 month ago

west ridge trail to glastenbury is loaded with camp sites but with little to no outlook points until the summit. if goal is to reach summit in one day - i suggest starting before 9 AM. some real beautiful camping spots. especially liked little pond - about a half mile off the LT/AT

good hike for family. Not steep. beautiful reservoir. great place to hang and bbq.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a nice hike. A little muddy but really good for the dog.

2 months ago

Gret amaxing wonderful trail. its a loop one. not hard. Great to families with kids and pats. nice atmosphere of the wild forest. Very very recommended. Its rated as Moderate,however its very EASY. we enjoyed very much (family with 12, 15 years kids)

Nice challenging hike. If you get through the initial climb the remainder portion is fairly easy and nice view!

continued on to congdon’s camp.
out & back.

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 top physical shape. The biggest struggle is water conservation there’s about a 4-5 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

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months 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!

nice hike

Amazing views

Beautiful view!

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
Thursday, August 10, 2017

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 ♡

Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

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