Willoughby State Forest Hiking Trails

Willoughby State Forest features two mountains, Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah, whose sheer cliff faces make up the "Willoughby Gap" with Lake Willoughby sitting in between the cliffs. The state forest offers hiking trails with breathtaking views of the gap and the cliffs as well as swimming opportunities.
Trail Activity
26.3 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Sutton (VT), Westmore (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Sand, Road, Unpaved
Permitted on leash


Willoughby State Forest provides opportunities for hikes to dramatic vistas, fire towers, waterfalls, ponds and swimming areas. 

Please see the individual trail postings for detailed descriptions of all of the hikes.

Haystack Mountain

Mount Hor

Bald Mountain

Mount Pisgah

Wheeler Mountain 

Wheeler Pond

Moose Mountain

South Shore and South Beach


Trail Manager

For more information about the forest visit the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation online or contact: 

Westmore Trails Committee
Town of Westmore
54 Hinton Hill Road
Orleans, VT 05860
Phone: (802) 525-3007
View website

NorthWoods Stewardship Center

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
View website

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
View website

Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Be aware of and limit the noise you and your group generate. Enjoy the sounds of nature.
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Trailhead Information

Willoughby State Forest is accessed from VT-5A, six miles north of West Burke. 

All trails have individual postings that provide detailed directions to the trailheads. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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March 31, 2016
Great maps!
It would be very helpful to include include better coverage of roads leading to trail heads in Westmore. For example, the Long Pond Road leads to the trail heads for both Haystack and Bald Hill Mts. Hinton Hill Road will get one to the Telegraph trail to Bald Hill Mt. Both of these roads connect to Highways on the east side of the mountains as well as from the Willoughby Lake side. The CCC roads in the Willoughby Forest should also be included. All the roads mentioned show up well on the USGS topo maps.
Looking forward to summer on the trails.
Art Brooks, President, Westmore Association.
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