The trailhead is located in Weathersfield, Vermont.
Take Exit 8 (Ascutney) off I-91 to Rt. 131.
Follow Rt. 131 west for 3.3 miles.
Turn right onto Cascade Falls Road.
Bear left at a fork.
Continue 0.3 mile then turn right.
Drive up a short hill to a dirt parking area.
About Mount Ascutney State Park
Mount Ascutney State Park is located on the eastern slope of the mountain and its 3,000 acres encompass North Peak and South Peak as well as most of the trails leading up to both North Peak and West Peak. Mount Ascutney is a monadnock made up of various granites and rises to 3,144 feet. It was once a volcano reaching 20,000 feet in elevation but has eroded away with time.
Located in Windsor, Vermont, Mount Ascutney State Park offers opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing, camping, picnicking, and hang gliding. In fact this spot is a favorite with hang gliders who, from the launch area on West Peak, end up flying cross-country to the Atlantic Ocean with trips sometimes exceeding 100 miles. The launch site itself is located within West Windsor Town Forest but the most popular access (because it's the shortest) is from the top of the state park's toll road.
There are four hiking trails leading from the base of the mountain up to the summit area and each of these trails are contained almost entirely within the state park. The summit proper (North Peak) doesn't hold much interest since views are limited and it's populated with various communication devices. However, less than 0.1 mile north of the peak is a 24.5-foot observation tower which affords excellent views of the Green Mountains to the west, Mount Monadnock to the southeast, Mounts Sunapee and Cardigan to the northeast and the White Mountains beyond that. The base-to-summit trails average about 6 miles round trip and traverse moderate grades.
If you're looking for something easier, drive up the state park's 3.8-mile toll road (about $3/person) which puts you within 0.7 mile, via hiking trails, of the summit as well as various other points of interest. Along the road are parking areas, picnic areas, bathrooms, vistas, and campsites. In the winter the road is unplowed and used by snowmobiles.
Ascutney State Park
1826 Back Mountain Road
Windsor, Vermont 05089
Auto Road Season: Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Please note: The summit road on Mount Ascutney may be closed occasionally for park events.
Mount Ascutney State Park Guidelines and Regulations
Overnight camping and campfires are allowed only at
designated sites in the developed campground. Inquire at the
park office for more information.
Stay on marked hiking trails. Hiking off trails causes erosion
and destroys vegetation.
Keep the trails free of litter. Carry out what you carry in.
Keep pets on a leash at all times.
Trails are for foot travel only. ATVs and mountain bikes are
not permitted in the park or on the trail system.
Leave all wildflowers and plants in their natural environment
for others to enjoy.
For your safety, keep away from all transmitter towers and
buildings located on South Peak and North Peak of Mount
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