Things To Do
Sweet Pond State Park
Time/Distance: 1 hour
This walk around quiet Sweet Pond offers scenery and wildlife, suitable for young children. Take Rt. 5 south to the Guilford Country Store, turn right on Guilford Center Rd., bear left after village onto Sweet Pond Rd. Continue 2.5 miles, park is on the left.
Time/Distance: 1.5 hours
This switchback Jeep trail to summit offers beautiful views of Brattleboro and surrounding area. Take Rt. 119 toward Hinsdale, N.H. Immediately after the second bridge over the Connecticut River turn left to parking area on your right.
Molly Stark State Park
Level: Moderate Time/Distance: 1.5 hours
Climb to the fire tower on Mt. Olga for a striking 100-mile view. Take Rt. 9 west to Marlboro. Park entrance is on the left 1 mile from Hogback Resort. Stop at ranger station for directions.
Day fee: $1.50 adults, $1.00 children four and over.
The closest trail access is located on the Stratton-Arlington Rd. off Rt. 100. Take Rt. 30 to E. Jamaica and left on Rt. 100 approx. 7 miles to Stratton Rd. on right. Continue 4 miles to trailhead.
Level: Challenging Spectacular above-treeline hiking.
Take Rt. 9 to Keene, N.H. and continue on Rt. 101 to Marlboro, N.H., then right on Rt. 124 to Jaffrey. Monadnock State Park is on the left. Fee: $2.50, 11 and under free.
Scenic Rt. 30
Time/Distance: 20 miles
Take Rt. 30 all along the West River, it offers valley scenery and level terrain. Take Main St. north then bear left on Rt. 30. After you pass the Brattleboro Retreat on the right there is a place to park. Turn at Depot Rd. & return (see loop option).
Scenic Rt. 5
Time/Distance: 20-25 miles
Take Rt. 5 north along moderate hills to Putney to view beautiful farms and mountains. Return the same way or turn right on School Rd. in Dummerston. This steep climb will bring you back through the longest single span covered bridge in Vermont and onto Rt. 30 back to Brattleboro.
Scenic Rt. 119
Time/Distance: 25 miles
Take Rt. 119 to Hinsdale, N.H., turn left onto Rt. 63 in Hinsdale village for a sturdy climb and spectacular views. Continue on Rt. 63, bear left at Rt. 9 and left on Rt. 5 to bring you back to Brattleboro.
Time/Distance: 35 miles
A scenic, rolling ride through the Connecticut River Valley. Go south on Rt. 142 from the Brattleboro Museum (warning: walk bikes over RR tracks at 1.5 mi. point) until the intersection with Rt. 10 in Bernardston, Mass. Turn left and follow Rt. 10/63 1 mile and bear left on RR tracks at 1.5 mi. point) until the intersection with Rt. 10 in Bernardston, Mass.