Explore the most popular trails near Dorset 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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Well worn trail with good footing. Would really be more of a “walk” than a “ “hike” except for the rather deceiving steep elevation gain that is present in the middle. The middle section is rather taxing. Vegetation is lush with trail next to tumbling brook. Trail runs up ravine so no views except at top. Overall great trail for exercise, less so for a scenic outing

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24 days ago

Loved this. Network of trails criss-crossing above a well- maintained farm and berry patches. Yes it’s perfect for families with little kids and olds, but grown solo and couple hikers will absolutely love this too. Hat aloft to the keepers of the Merck forest and farm, beautiful job.

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28 days ago

The beginning of the hike is fine and very interesting due to some write ups about the history of the area in Gettysburg quarry. However, the remainder of the trip is poorly marked and overgrown in the area where you would make the final assent to Owls Head. We have done this hike many times over the years and were disappointed to not even be able to find the trail. Go for it if you’d like to see Gettysburg quarry at about .5 mile.

Such a great spot! This is a working farm that takes donations and welcomes dogs! Keep the leashed at the parking lot, visitors center and farmland bug let them loose in the forest! They have 30 miles of trails so it's definitely an adventure.

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1 month ago

Will be an awesome trail once they work out the rest of the trail

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2 months ago

This is a good trail if you want a non-technical climb with a lot of elevation gain. Great for trail running up if you have the ability, and down if you just want to flow with the trail not worrying about boulders everywhere. I've climbed all 46 peaks, and while this packs in the elevation gain, it is nowhere near as technical as any of the high peaks. I did it 2x yesterday as a trail run and ended with 13 miles, 5000' gain. I took the right that goes to the old fire tower peak first on both climbs. It's worth mentioning there are a few trails here that might get you lost if you don't map it out first. I just used Strava "heatmap" in the route builder to see where everyone else climbs it and followed that route. There seemed to be an older route parallel to the trail that was overgrown, but it's not like you can get lost if they are both going to the same place, the top of the mountain.

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8 months ago

Good workout. Nothing special about the views on way up. Average view from summit. Could have used micro spikes on top section. Steep climbs with enough snow and ice to make it sketchy. Up and down in 2 1/2 hours.

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9 months ago

An ok trail for an average view. I only did this hike because it's part of the NE hundred highest list, and I'll never be back. For those looking to do this mountain the following information is as of 11/12/17. Go to the very end of Tower Rd and park when you can drive no further. Start your hike heading straight ahead as if the road continued. at very near 1 mile in you'll pass a collapsed shelter, keep going. The only next sign you're heading the right way is a tiny cairn on the left of the trail. You'll be following a stream for some time, keep climbing. At two miles there's a T intersection, go right. From there out the cairns and summit trail to the tower are obvious. Enjoy!

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10 months ago

Many options for hiking between roads and trails. To experience everything you need to make several visits.

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10 months ago

Super tough trail for my eight year old daughter. Steep ascents almost continually; however, beautiful surroundings. The trail should be better marked with signs for people who are from out of state and We somehow veered off the trail. Needless to say after about 2 hours of hiking in we had to turn around because little legs could not make it! Disappointing that we did not get to finish or see the fire tower but I believe that is just a reason to come back without the little one in tow!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Fun hike. Took my 9 year old daughter and it was a bit tough for her, especially the middle third on the way up which gets steep. But rewarded by a nice view at the firetower on the first peak before the main peak.

birding
Friday, June 02, 2017

fertile saturated soils support a fine array of spring ephemerals on this quiet assent. gradual climb but consistent. wouldn't rate as difficult, but it'll take the breath out of you. not a mountain for its summit, but for what you see along the way. great for shoulder season hikes, ramps, and bicknell's thrush.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

One of the New England Hundred Highest. We did this trail on a hot, humid, buggy day just before the Memorial weekend. The access road off Upper Hollow Rd in Dorset, VT is dirt and gets fairly rough. We parked in an open area, probably used for snowmobile parking in winter. The trail follows the stream up to the col and then continues along the ridge. The trail is steep, especially after the remains of an old house. We stopped at the old tower and then topped Dorset and walked over to North Dorset. The existing trails do NOT always match up with what's on the map. The only view is from the old tower site.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gorgeous view from Mount Antone overlook.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

All of Merck Forest and Farmland Center's trails are open year-round for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Our trail system, with over 30 miles of trails on 3,100 acres of land, is well-marked, and the trail terrain is variable: some loops cover easy-to-moderate terrain (great options for family treks), while other trails are steeper and rocky (more-suited to the experienced hiker). Many trails go through the forest, around the farm, travel along streams, and include beautiful views of the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the staff is always friendly and helpful with trail recommendations.

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