Visitor Information

HIKERS: Practice physical distancing. Groups should not have more than 3 people. Please limit your use of trails this Spring to restored wood roads with firm surfaces to minimize damage in Mud Season. Please do not hike above the High Meadow at the High Ponds Farm until mid May. Thank you.

Hazen's Notch Association Trails


Hiking + Walking
May 15 - Nov 15

Hunting
Nov 15 - Dec 15 (Trails Closed)

Cross Country Skiing + Snowshoeing
Dec 15 - March 30

Trails Closed in Mud Season
April 1 - May 15

The trails described in this web site and shown on the Map of the Trails of the Hazen's Notch Association are maintained and managed by the Hazen's Notch Association, a non-profit conservation organization in Montgomery, Vermont. Fifteen landowners generously allow 20 miles of trails to pass over 1,500 acres of private land for public use. Ensure continued landowner generosity for public access to private lands by obeying the rules listed here and on posted signs. Please respect private property and landowner privacy by staying away from all dwellings, camps and outbuildings.

In Winter, trails are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Trails are not open at night. When snow cover is thin, trails are icy or thawing conditions exist, trails may be closed for user safety and to prevent further deterioration of trail surfaces. Observe all "Trails Closed" signs to ensure personal safety. Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and All Terrain Vehicles are not allowed. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

Skiing / Ski De Fonds

The HNA trails are maintained in winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Since 1978 an area use fee was charged in winter. There is no longer a fee for using the trails in any season. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

Stay on marked trails. Landowners have granted permission for use of the marked trails only. Areas that lie both outside and within the marked trails are not open to the public. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Do not bushwack. Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and ATV's are not allowed.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

Snowshoeing / Raquettes

All of the Hazen's Notch trails are open to snowshoeing. Several trails are dedicated to snowshoeing and are marked with the snowshoer symbol. While snowshoers may occasionally encounter skiers on these dedicated snowshoeing trails, snowshoeing trails are ungroomed.

Snowshoers may travel on the packed, groomed ski trails but should be careful to avoid stepping on machine-set ski tracks. These uniform tracks are made with a tracksetter that is pulled behind a snowmobile. The tracks are important to skiers to facilitate control of the skis. Some skiers make lack control on downhill portions of trails. Therefore snowshoers should be careful to keep from blocking the path of downhill skiers who have the right of way.

Stay on marked trails. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

Attention: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing due to ongoing forest management activities. Open trails: Beaver Ponds Trail to Moosewood Ponds and beyond to the Bear Paw Pond Area; Dark Entry, Woodfern Loop, Coyote Connector and Sugar House trails. Closed trails: High Meadow Trail, Notch Trail, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

Trails Fee / Billets des Sentiers

There is no charge for the use of trails in any season. Membership contributions and donations help meet the many expenses associated with the maintenance and management of the HNA trails and the operation of the Welcome Center. Thank you!

Winter Hiking / La Marche en Hiver

From December 20 to April 15, trail users must use either snowshoes or skis unless the ground is bare. Walking on trails in winter deteriorates the condition of the snow surface. The resulting "post holes" can create a hazard for others. Winter Hiking, therefore, is not allowed.

Attention: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing due to ongoing forest management activities. Open trails: Beaver Ponds Trail to Moosewood Ponds and beyond to the Bear Paw Pond Area; Dark Entry, Woodfern Loop, Coyote Connector and Sugar House trails. Closed trails: High Meadow Trail, Notch Trail, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails.

Summer & Fall Hiking / La Marche en Été et Automne

Approximately 10 miles of the Hazen's Notch trail network are open for walking and hiking in Summer and Fall. These trails are located at the High Ponds Farm, a privately owned nature preserve located in the Hazen's Notch Area of Montgomery, Vermont. At the High Ponds Farm visit the Moosewood Ponds to see beavers and wildflowers. Above the Moosewood Ponds, the High Meadow with its beautiful views is a great destination for a picnic.

In Summer and Fall, trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Stay on marked trails. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

Closed: Upper Window Rock trail is closed / not passable.

Group Visits / Visites Des Groupes

Please note that while the HNA Trails are open to the public at no charge in the summer, a fee is charged for groups. This includes school, home school, church or other community groups. This includes both non-profit and for-profit groups and whether your visit is self-directed or facilitated by HNA staff.

There are many costs associated with the management of trails that are open to the public. Group use fees and membership contributions help the HNA office to meet these expenses. Please contact the HNA office to arrange your group visit. Thank you.


Dogs / Chiens

Dogs are not allowed on trails in the Winter. In Summer and Fall, pets must be kept on a short leash at all times.

Picnicing / Picnique

Picnicing is permitted at the High Ponds Farm on the Rossier Road and at Bear Paw Pond and Little Rock Pond on the Hazen's Notch Road. A picnic shelter is located near the Moosewood Ponds on the High Ponds Farm. The High Meadow is also a good place to enjoy a lunch or snack while taking in the panoramic view. Fires are not allowed at any time. Tipis are private property and are not open to the public. Please observe all "private" signs. Thank you!

Hunting / La chasse

Hunting on the High Ponds Farm is restricted to the rifle and muzzle loader portions of the whitetail deer season. In addition, hunting for ruffed grouse and woodcock are permitted during the regular season only.


The following are NOT ALLOWED: Bear Hunting, Bow Hunting, Tree Stands, Trapping, & Fishing. Hunters as well as hikers can respect their own safety as well as others by wearing an article of clothing that is in blaze orange. Observe all signs restricting public access to ensure continued hunting in the Hazen's Notch Area. Thank you!


Please observe the following restrictions:

The following are NOT ALLOWED: Fires, Camping, Tree Cutting, Plant Collecting, Motorized Vehicles & Bicycles, Snowboarding, Boating, Wading, Swimming, Radios, Overnight Parking & Commercial Activities.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in observing the above rules of use.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !