Mount Olga Trail

Wilmington, Vermont

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Mount Olga is located in Molly Stark State Park. The woman for whom the mountain is named is unknown, but the woman for whom the state park is named - Molly Stark - is legendary. Molly Stark was born Elizabeth Page in 1737. She was nicknamed “Molly” by her husband, John Stark, who became a brigadier general in the New Hampshire Militia (which included Vermont during colonial times). In 1777, during the Battle of Bennington, Stark sent a message to his wife, ”Send every man from the farm that will come, and let the haying go to hell.” Molly not only complied, but also recruited several hundred other men to aid her husband. Then she converted the Stark barn into a hospital to care for the wounded from both the American and the British sides. The hike up Mount Olga is not nearly as tenacious as Molly Stark. In fact, it is an easy loop, but with a big reward - a fire tower with a 360-degree view of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts. Because it is so accessible, this hike can be crowded on weekends, so plan a midweek outing with a dog.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Mount Olga is located in Molly Stark State Park. The woman for whom the mountain is named is unknown, but the woman for whom the state park is named - Molly Stark - is legendary. Molly Stark was born Elizabeth Page in 1737. She was nicknamed “Molly” by her husband, John Stark, who became a brigadier general in the New Hampshire Militia (which included Vermont during colonial times). In 1777, during the Battle of Bennington, Stark sent a message to his wife, ”Send every man from the farm that will come, and let the haying go to hell.” Molly not only complied, but also recruited several hundred other men to aid her husband. Then she converted the Stark barn into a hospital to care for the wounded from both the American and the British sides.

The hike up Mount Olga is not nearly as tenacious as Molly Stark. In fact, it is an easy loop, but with a big reward - a fire tower with a 360-degree view of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts. Because it is so accessible, this hike can be crowded on weekends, so plan a midweek outing with a dog.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilmington
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 520 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Wilmington, Jacksonville
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Olga Trail

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