Contest And Liberty Hill Trails

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

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

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Walk single file in the middle of the trail. Wear the right shoes and enjoy the mud – you're in the great outdoors!
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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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July 19, 2021
Trail is actually 5.1 miles total if you follow the written instructions. Absolutely gorgeous with varied terrain and views. Trails were quite wet today after 3 days of rain but still passable and beautiful.
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