Route 12 Trailhead

From the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot, drive three miles on Route 12 North.

Look for a small parking lot on the left about ½ mile past North Bridgewater Road.

The parking lot is easy to miss since it lies below Route 12 on the left. If you come to “On the Edge" farmstand, you have gone 0.2 miles past the trailhead.

Trail Option A:

Route 12 to Stage Road (AT North)

Strenuous ‐ 1.5 miles (3 miles round trip)

Facing the display side of the kiosk, take the trail to the right from the parking lot. Cross Route 12 and climb up Dana Hill. There is about ½ mile of strenuous climbing to the top of Dana Hill. There's a beautiful view! You may choose to come back to the Route 12 trailhead or to continue to Stage Road.

Trail Option B:

Route 12 to a view of Mount Ascutney (AT South)

Moderate ‐ 1mile (2 miles round trip).

Cross the bridge then climb south through a cow pasture and field. After entering the woods continue on a moderate incline to a view of Mount Ascutney to

the south. You may choose to hike further; however, there is no road access for several miles.

Note: For hikers who seek a short experience on the AT with a nice view: Walk just the first 1/4 mile up the cow pasture to a beautiful view looking north.