Mount Tom

Woodstock, Vermont 05091

Mount Tom

Mount Tom Professional Review and Guide

"This hike first explores the old-growth forest of Gifford Woods then joins the Appalachian Trail (AT). Climb to the Deer Leap, a rock from which you can gaze upon a sea of mountains, then drop to Maine Junction, the intersection of Vermont’s historic Long Trail and the equally historic AT. After contemplating the histories of these two paths, take the AT north to complete the loop before returning to Gifford Woods."

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"Gentle switchbacks up the southeast side of Mount Tom make a leisurely outing for the whole family."

"Starting and ending in a town park in quaint Woodstock, Vermont, this pleasant walk features pastoral views, stone bridges, and close proximity to ice cream. Rather than starting your adventure up this mountain at a remote trailhead, the trek up Mount Tom begins in a quaint New England village, complete with a town green and a bustling commercial scene.

After grabbing a sandwich at one of the local delis, take a leisurely stroll up gradual switchbacks to views of the town and river below. This walk combines a gradual grade, excellent views, and proximity to ice cream to make it a great trip for first-timers, including toddlers."

"The paths that wind over and around Mount Tom are tame by Vermont standards. Reflecting its proximity to Woodstock, the civilized Faulkner Trail switches methodically back and forth up the side of the mountain, passing stone walls, park benches, and a stone bridge.

Rather than being intrusive, these subtle human touches are an improvement to the natural landscape. The switchbacks that begin the hike were made for kids, who will delight in this zigzagging route to the summit. More adventurous tykes may prefer the return trip along the slightly wilder North Peak Trail."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP; Walk
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Oct 2018