Hiking Trails

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The park has over 20 miles of trails available for visitors to explore. The trails crisscross the property through peaceful forests, to spectacular overlooks and historic scenery. The trails can be accessed from the park entrance on Vt. 12 (parking at the Billings Farm & Museum) or from the parking lot on Prosper Road.

No bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed and dogs need to be kept on a leash. Please pick up after your pet and pack out waste. Swimming and fishing in the Pogue is not permitted.

Get Your Map
Download a map of park hiking trails HERE (2.5 MB). Note cell service is limited in the park. We recommend that you print or download a copy of the map to your phone prior to starting your hike.

The park’s map is geo-enabled. You can use the map in apps like Avenza Maps on your smartphone to follow your location on the map while you are on the trails. Learn how through these quick instruction guides for your iPhone or Android device.

Plan Your Hike
Trail difficulty ranges from flat smooth terrain, to steep rocky terrain offering a wide range of options for hiking interests and abilities. Below are some suggested walks and hikes:

> Hike 1 - Junior Ranger Loop (Easy with some short steep sections 1.25 miles)
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Hike 2 - Faulkner Trail (Easy with gradual elevation gain 1.7 miles)
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Hike 3 - Hike to the Pogue (Moderate 2.5 miles)
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Hike 4 - North Ridge Adventure (Moderate 3.6 miles)
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Hike 5 - South Peak (Moderate 4.0 miles)
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Hike 6 - Pogue and South Peak Loop (Moderate 4.0 miles)
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Hike 7 - Precipice Trail (Difficult 2.0 miles)
(Download List of Hikes) A description of many of the park’s trails with length and difficulty can be found here: List of Trails.

Hiking Safety

  • Bring plenty of water
  • Wear comfortable shoes with adequate support
  • Park at designated trailheads and lock your car
  • Pack out whatever you pack in
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times
  • Choose a route that is within your ability, stay on the trails, and take the trail map with you.
  • Let someone know your plans and stick to them
  • Take your cell phone, most of which work in Woodstock, in case of emergency

Woodstock Police 802-457-1420
Emergency Dial 911


Climate: The Park lies within a temperate zone and experiences four full seasons. Arrive prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions. Summer temperatures are usually in the 70s or low 80s during the day and upper 60s in the evening. Spring and fall days can range from the 50s to lower 70s, and winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. Find more information about Winter Sports.
 

Other Local Hikes

Walk Woodstock
Woodstock is a walker's paradise. Woodstock has an extensive network of over 30 miles of trails that connects the National Park to other public lands and the village of Woodstock. They take you from the historic center of Woodstock, across meadows and woodlands, through a national park and up to scenic vistas overlooking valleys, villages, and rural countryside.

In 2004, a coalition of local, state and federal organizations and agencies came together to enhance the awareness, preservation and ultimately use of the network of trails in Woodstock. One of the outcomes of the partnership is a unified Walk Woodstock map that includes the National Park carriage roads and trails as well trails managed by the Billings Park Commission (Town of Woodstock) and Faulkner Trust on Mount Tom and Mount Peg, and the Vermont Land Trust trails at the King Farm.

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
If you are seeking a more backcountry experience, the Appalachian Trail passes just north of Woodstock, and the Long Trail is not far away. Trailhead information and suggested hikes shown in the table below. (Download: Appalachian Trailhead map)
 

Appalachian Trail Hikes Near Woodstock, VT

Trail Name and Type

Description

Round -Trip Distances

Starting- Ending Point

Moderate

Rt 12 to Mount Ascutney View (AT North)

Cross the bridge then climb south through a cow pasture and field. After entering the woods continue on a moderate incline to a view of Mount Ascutney to the south. You may choose to hike further; however there is no road access for several miles. Note: For hikers who seek a short experience on the AT with a nice view: Walk just the first .25 mile up the cow pasture to a beautiful view looking north.

2 miles

Route 12. Parking area 0.5 miles past North Bridgewater Road on the left

Stage Road to Pomfret Road (AT North)

Cross the small bridge to the right of the parking space. Note: Watch out for a very muddy section on this trail. You will cross two dirt roads before reaching Pomfret Road. (one of the smaller roads does not appear on the map). Be careful when crossing Pomfret Brook at the end of this section since there is no bridge.

4.4 miles

Stage Road. Parking area 0.5 miles after Suicide Six Ski Resort on the right

Stage Road to Routh 12

(AT South)

Cross Stage Road and walk up to Dana Hill. Beautiful view! It is a moderate climb for about 1 mile to the top of Dana Hill, a longer but more gradual climb than from Route 12.

3 miles

Stage Road. Parking area 0.5 miles after Suicide Six Ski Resort on the right

Pomfret Rd. to Cloudland Rd. (AT North)

Beautiful view and multiple stonewalls.

4 miles

Pomfret Road. Parking area 0.25 miles after Bartlett Brook Road on the left

Pomfret Rd. to Stage Rd. (AT South)

Brooks and stonewalls present. Less elevation gain than Pomfret Road to Cloudland Road.

4.4 miles

Pomfret Road. Parking area 0.25 miles after Bartlett Brook Road on the left

Difficult

Route 12 to Stage Road (AT North)

Facing the display side of the kiosk, take the trail to the right from the parking lot. Cross Route 12 and climb up Dana Hill. There is about ½ mile of strenuous climbing to the top of Dana Hill. There's a beautiful view! You may choose to come back to the Route 12 trailhead or to continue to Stage Road.

3 miles

Route 12. Parking area 0.5 miles past North Bridgewater Road on the left


Last updated: August 4, 2020

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Mailing Address:

54 Elm Street
Woodstock , VT 05091

Phone:

(802) 457-3368 x222

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