Hiking/Trail Running

Whether you are looking for a gentle walk through the woods, a scenic trail run or a day long summit-bound adventure, Mt Ascutney offers spectacular and diverse hiking for everyone’s enjoyment.

The mountainside trail network at Ascutney Trails is a great option for those who prefer hiking on gentler terrain, shorter round trips and fun family adventures.  These hand-built trails are regularly maintained and clearly marked, and the contours are ideal for trail running as you wind up, down and around the mountainside through varied terrain.  Please note that these trails are shared with mountain bikers.

For those wanting to reach the summit of Mt Ascutney on foot, the mountain features five principal, summit-bound hiking trails, three of which are named for the town from which that trail originates.  These trails are maintained primarily by the Ascutney Trails Association and the Mt Ascutney State Park.

From the Ski Tow Rd trailhead enjoy exploring the ski trails, take in views across the West Windsor valley as you gain elevation and follow the maintained trail network if you wish.  Depart from the Mountainside Drive trailhead for a stroll up the expansive Mile Long Field and easy access to the central section of the Ascutney Trails network. The Town Forest trail head provides an extensive trail network wandering up, around and through a variety of different environments highlighting the natural beauty of Vermont.

Visit our ‘location’ page for more information, where to purchase a map and directions to each trailhead.

Photo by Nicholas Knight