Contest And Liberty Hill Trails

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Contest Trail in the heart of the Green Mountains rewards visitors with mountain views from the top of Mayo Meadow.
Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
6.7 miles, Round Trip
Pittsfield (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Snow, Ungroomed
Permitted on leash


The trail starts from a parking lot on the left side of Forest Road 223 (Liberty Hill Road) where there is a bulletin board with Forest information. From the parking lot, follow Forest Road 223 past Forest Road 229 (Spike Horn Road) on the right.  At 0.4 miles continue straight on Forest Road 223 past an intersection with Patch’s Camp Road.  At 0.7 miles bear left at a fork with Forest Road 228 (Forsha Road) and at 0.8 turn left off of Forest Road 223 at a signed intersection and continue on the Contest Trail.

Much of the trail follows old woods roads. Near the southern end, the trail passes through Mayo meadow with spectacular views to the south and east. Follow the trail markers through Mayo meadow to Forest Road 292 and continue downhill to its intersection with Forest Road 223 (Liberty Hill Road). To complete the loop, take a right onto Forest Road 223 (Liberty Hill Road) and continue back to the parking lot. The total distance is 3.25 miles and the maximum elevation change is 700 feet.

There are fantastic views from the top of Mayo Meadow of the Green Mountains. The ski areas of Killington and Pico are visible.

Trail Manager

Visit the U.S. Forest Service online for information, or contact:

Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland
231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 747-6700
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.

Trailhead Information

From Rochester, travel south on VT-100 1.8 miles past the junction of VT-100 and VT-73. Turn right onto Liberty Hill Road (Forest Road 223).  
The parking lot is at 1.8 miles on the left.

From Pittsfield, travel north on VT-100 6.0 miles past the junction on VT-100 and VT-107. Turn left onto Liberty Hill Road (Forest Road 223). The parking lot is at 1.8 miles on the left.

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