Explore the most popular walking 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.

This was a really fun hike!! Steady climb for the first portion of hike then it levels offf. On the fall day I hiked there were tons of warblers and thrushes. Harmon hill is a glorious place for a picnic on a nice sunny day!!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate hike with no summit view at the top. The Vista / overlook is the rock face as the other reviewer (mj) said at 42.9134, -73.1555. This is more than a mile before you get to the summit and is right at the point where you first see the white rocks all over the place. The trail at the summit connects to two other trials that keep going. We followed the ridge trial about .2 miles and didn't find any other views. The trail is rerouted slightly at the beginning (which is well marked) so we ended up doing almost exactly 4 miles to the summit with elevation gain of just below 2000ft for the out and back. This should be changed on the trail info. 3 or maybe 4 steeper parts during the hike but relatively tame. A few stream crossings the pooch was able to drink from.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with great views. The trail starts asa meadow, with lots of flowers and pollinators to see. The view from the overlook is pretty amazing!

backpacking
2 months 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

2 months ago

This hike is peak Vermont, leaves are just starting to fall, moss and firs galore. Trail is gradually uphill most of the way with some steeper inclines here and there. Some new trail has been cut in in places and it’s all very well maintained throughout, shout out to the trail volunteers and GMC!

FYI the overlook with the great views everyone here is mentioning seems to be at
42.9134, -73.1555
Not completely sure tho because I turned around after these views lol.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

This is a good hike if you’re in decent shape and don’t mind hiking uphill for 2.5 hours. There were only two spots were it really leveled off, other than that it really was uphill in varying degrees. The views are great and totally worth it. I hiked to the White Rock overlook that others have mentioned, a good stopping point. Fyi on the map, it’s about a 20 minute hike after the sharp bend on the map trail. It took me an hour and half to get back down.
I would highly recommend hiking poles for stability. The trail is narrow at some points, packed earth, and there’s plenty of stepping over and around rocks. I wore hiking pants because there’s a fair amount of brush to get through. Also, there’s a fair amount of bugs, a hat and bug spray were a good idea.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely strenuous hike; from the "White Rocks "to the top honestly really isn't worth the extra effort, the cliffs with the westerly views there are absolutely awesome. Careful footing on the blasted rock areas.

hiking
4 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
4 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.....

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Had a great time hiking all the way up to the summit. Loving Vermont so far! Took us about 2.5 hrs at a brisk pace. The other reviews aren’t kidding, it gets steep at the end.

hiking
5 months ago

Not an easy hike up but once you get to the overlook, all of it is worth it! Amazing views makes you forget everything bad

5 months ago

Amazing views.

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

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail with my fiance and my 8 year old daughter. Thought it was a great hike and tough in spots. Getting closer to the top it gets difficult and steep but well worth the view. A lot of water source and camping spots. We will hike this again but in the late afternoon to catch the sunset!

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!

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

A gorgeous wooded hike in Bennington. I would rate this as moderate to moderate-hard. The trail is wide and mostly well marked. However, there are multiple locations where the nearby creek crosses the trail resulting in very slick conditions. The final third of the trail is very steep. From reviews on here, we decide to turn around at the Bennington overlook instead of completing the trail at the Summit.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

If you're used to the nearby Adirondacks, don't waste your time on this one unless it's a nice, sunny day, or you love Bennington. The trail is poorly marked, and the only view you get is of Bennington. The summit offers no views worth remembering. The trail itself is okay once you get about a third of the way in. Nothing to write home about.

nice hike

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Wish we had more time! Will
Do it again for sure!

on Bald Mountain

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

great hike for my family it took us 4hr total to the top and back the trail is a more moderate to hard because of the incline and boulder fields u must navigate towards the top. all in all great trail and well marked great views and lots of friendly faces!! well worth the trip!!! ✌️

Amazing views

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