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Appalachian Trail/Long Trail to Harmon Hill - GMNF

Great views reward a challenging first half mile. This is quickest access to the Appalachian Trail / Long Trail (AT/LT) in the region.
Trail Activity
Length
3.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Towns
Bennington (VT), Wilmington (VT), Woodford (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

This section of the AT/LT, blazed in white, heads south to the summit of Harmon Hill. The trailhead is found on the opposite side of Route 9 from the parking area. Here the trail immediately enters the woods and begins its very steep ascent using rock staircases and switchbacks. Extreme caution should be used in wet, snowy, or icy conditions. It is much easier going after the steps. The grade gradually moderates as the trail bears left, then right, and finally reaches the open summit of Harmon Hill. Prescribed burns, forest fires deliberately set and controlled by trained Forest Service fire crews, maintain the historic opening and the vistas of the surrounding landscape. The view is particularly fine to the west where Bennington, including the 306 foot Bennington Battle Monument, the prominent Mount Anthony, and other hills and mountains of the Taconic Range stand out.

Other Information

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics; carry out what you carry in.

Harmon Hill Trail - Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest, including downloadable map, 

Trail Manager

Bennington County Regional Commission

Bennington County Regional Commission
111 South Street, Suite 203
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-0713
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Green Mountain National Forest: Manchester Ranger District Office

Green Mountain National Forest: Manchester Ranger District Office
2538 Depot St. (Rte 11/30)
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Phone: (802) 362-2307

Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Use only small pieces of dead and down wood for campfires and let them burn down to ash. Please extinguish your campfire before leaving.
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Trailhead Information

The Appalachian Trail / Long Trail (AT/LT) crosses RT 9 five miles east of downtown Bennington, VT; and 15.8 miles west of downtown Wilmington, VT. Pedestrian crossing signs warn of the approach. There is a U.S. Forest Service parking lot on the north side of the highway, just west of the trail. Harmon Hill is across the road to the south from the parking lot.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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