QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 200 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~ 24 miles of six trails, reportedly, and ~6 of snow shoe/bike trails
- Pets: no
- Difficulty: easy to difficult
- Sights: mountain views, Mill Brook
Map is incomplete — there are more x-c ski, snowshoe, and fat bike trails here.
This x-c ski trail system is lengthy and fantastic — there’s about 24 miles of groomed track here, stretching over the golf course behind the Bethel Inn, to Gould Academy and the little Pine Hill. You can buy your day pass in a little shop tucked into the backside of the Bethel Inn. The mountain views are really lovely from many points along the trails.
The trails around the golf course are mostly easy, with some, of course, being quite exposed. The wooded trails across Route 5, on Pine Hill, are curvier and steeper — it’s where the students from Gould Academy practice and race.
Directions: The best place to start is at the Bethel Inn, at 21 Broad Street. Park in the lot next to the main building (between the inn and health center/pool) and walk around to the back of the main inn to find the ski center/shop/rental place. It’s near the tennis courts (and converts into the golf shop in the summer).