Haystack Mountain Trail

Haystack Mountain Trail

The trail is marked with blue blazes and follows a gated road on a steady moderate incline to Binney Brook ravine. Turning southwest (left) at about 0.5 miles on the Deerfield Ridge trail, the trail then begins to steeply climb to the southern ridge of Haystack Mountain. The trail makes a few turns leading through different forest types until reaching the Haystack summit trail junction at 1.7 miles. Turn right and follow the blue blazes steadily uphill again, making a few more turns until the trail reaches the summit. From the rock outcropping near the summit, you can see Mount Snow to the north, Harriman Reservoir to the south, and an eastern view down to Haystack Pond and into the Deerfield Valley. On a clear day, you can see Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. This area is the watershed for the local drinking water supply of area towns. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as travel on durable surfaces and dispose of waste properly.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Wilmington or Dover. For all Emergencies: 911;  911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Wilmington, off Binney Brook Road.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From the Route 100 (traffic light) in Wilmington, take Route 9 west for about 1.1 miles. Turn north (right) onto Haystack Road;

From Route 7 in Bennington, take Rte 9 east for about 20.8 miles (5.8 miles pass the junction of Route 8) and turn north (left) onto Haystack Road;

Follow Haystack Road into Chimney Hills Development. Take the second left onto Chimney Hill Rd. at a staggered four-way junction. Stay on Chimney Hill Road and follow the signs to the trailhead. The trailhead, which has a bulletin board erected by a local group, will be on the right. There is no dedicated parking lot for this trailhead; limited roadside parking is available in the vicinity.


Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2-3 hours round trip Length: 4.8 miles round trip
Elevation desc Max elevation change: 1020 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests


  Area/Length : 
Length: 4.8 miles round trip

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 1020 feet