Hazen's Notch

Hazen's Notch

Hazen's Notch State Park Westfield, Vermont 05874

Official Website
Long Trail website
Long Trail website

About this Location

Initial acquisitions of property to become Hazen's Notch State Park took place in 1934 and in 1946. The primary purpose of the parcel is the protection of natural resources, including some rare and endangered species, and dispersed recreation.

Hazen's Notch marks the terminus of the Hazen Military Road, built in 1779. This road was built by General Moses Hazen and his American Revolutionary forces in an attempt to reach and invade Montreal. Hazen’s Notch State Park is home to Hazen's Notch Natural Area, 273 acres in size. Historically, the cliffs have been used by Peregrine falcons as a nesting site.

Hazen's Notch State Park is open for dispersed recreational activities, including hunting, hiking, bird watching, and snowshoeing. The Long Trail passes through sections of Hazen's Notch State Park.

About Long Trail

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Vermont’s Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border. Built between 1910 and 1930, it was the vision of James P. Taylor and later became the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail. The Long Trail and Appalachian Trail share 100 miles of trail in the southern part of the state.

On the Long Trail, hikers encounter the best natural features Vermont has to offer, including pristine ponds, alpine sedges, hardwood forests, and swift streams. Known as the “footpath in the wilderness,” it is easy in a few sections and rugged in most. Steep inclines and plenty of mud present hikers with plenty of challenges.

As maintainer and protector of the Long Trail, the Green Mountain Club works in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest, the State of Vermont, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and private landowners to offer a world-class hiking trail.

The Long Trail is truly the trail for everyone. Each year, hundreds of thru-hikers set out to complete the trail in one go, a journey that has been completed in under 5 days but typically takes multiple weeks. Section hikers tackle the trail in bursts, often completing the Long Trail over the course of many years.

Hikers who hike every mile of the Long Trail, whether in day trips, multi-day sections, or all at once, are called “End-to-Enders” and are eligible to register for inclusion in the GMC’s official records.

Most trail users are day hikers, who enjoy desired destinations as day trips without camping out on the trail.

Notable Trails

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at this site.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Long Trail website and Hazens Notch State Park webpage

Last updated October 17, 2023