Mount Ascutney we know today is a monadnock, it is not related geologically to surrounding hills, but rather stands alone and shares a geological history more closely with the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
There are four trails that run from the base of the mountain to the summit that are connected by a relatively level trail that follows the ridgeline and crosses the summit.
The Weathersfield Trail (2.9 miles) is on the south face of the mountain and passes Cascade Falls, the largest waterfall on the mountain.
The Windsor Trail (2.7 miles) passes a small waterfall and the remains of an old stone shelter on the way to the summit.
The Brownsville Trail (3.2 miles) follows an old logging road which passes an old granite quarry and offers great viewing opportunities from the north and west.
The Futures Trail (4.6 miles) is the longest trail on Ascutney and can be accessed at two points along the state park mountain road.
The park has a 3.7 mile paved Mt. Ascutney Parkway leading to the summit that has many excellent scenic views and there is a .7 mile side trail to an observation tower on the summit with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. There is also a stone picnic shelter that was built by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). Mount Ascutney is considered one of the premier hang gliding sites in New England and two launch sites are situated near the summit. Mt. Ascutney State Park has tent, RV and lean-to camping and reservations may be made up to eleven months in advance through the central reservations call center at 1-888-409-7579 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Additional Trail info: Mt. Ascutney Recreational Guide