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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
Length
26.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Towns
Sutton (VT), Westmore (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Sand, Road, Unpaved
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

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: 

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
Luke.OBrien@vermont.gov
View website

NorthWoods Stewardship Center

NorthWoods Stewardship Center
154 Leadership Drive/PO Box 220
East Charleston, Vermont 05833
Phone: (802) 723-6551
info@northwoodscenter.org
View website
Westmore Trails Committee
Town of Westmore
54 Hinton Hill Road
Orleans, VT 05860
Phone: (802) 525-3007
clerk@westmoreonline.org
View website

Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.
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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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abrookswisc
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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