Harmon Hill Trail


Harmon Hill Trail

This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail, blazed in white, heads south to the summit of Harmon Hill. The trailhead is found on the other 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. The grade gradually moderates as the trail bears left and 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, the prominent Mount Anthony, and other hills and mountains of the Taconic Range stand out. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Harmon Hill Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Bennington.  For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Woodford, off Rte 9.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Route 7 in Bennington, the trailhead is 5.0 miles east on Route 9. The parking area can be found on the north side of Rte 9 at Appalachian / Long Trail crossing.

From Route 100 (traffic light) in Wilmington, travel about 15.8 miles west on Route 9. The parking area can be found on the north side of Rte 9 at Appalachian / Long Trail crossing.


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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 3-4 hours round trip Length: 3.6 miles round trip
Elevation descMax elevation change: 970 feet
Difficulty Level: Difficult
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  Area/Length : 
Length: 3.6 miles round trip

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 970 feet