QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: Part of a 12,286-acre conservation easement
- Trail Mileage: ~2.2 miles one way
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: moderate
- Sights: views, beautiful Miller Brook
When I first walked this trail, the snow pack was still deep, so I didn’t see much of the stream that the trail follows for much of the way up. But I hear Mill Brook is beautiful in the summer, with cascades and pools. The hike (which is worth visiting year-round) offers a gradual uphill—with intermittent steeper sections—and brings you to a fantastic vista of the peaks of Western Maine and New Hampshire. The trail is approximately 2.25 miles one way.
Since I posted this write-up, trail manager Bruce Barrett has built a new section of the Long Mountain Trail that makes a 3.75-mile loop starting at the 0.9-mile point of the original trail. I’ll add it to my Google map as soon as I can!
The trail is part of a 12,268-acre conservation easement on privately owned land; please be respectful and leave no trace. Campfires, camping, and hunting are all prohibited.
At the base of the mountain, there is a mountain bike trail on Bacon Hill. Dogs and hikers should stick to the Long Mountain trail for safety reasons.
Directions: From Bethel Village, go south on Vernon Street for six miles. After passing Sumner Bean Road on the left, you’ll see a lefthand turn for the trailhead and parking area, marked with a trail sign. At the first trailhead marker, head left.