Ascutney Outdoors has lead one of the most impressive revival stories in New England, and will offer a new hiking trail that will display its famous history. On Septmber 5th, Ascutney Outdoors will have a grand opening ceremonyfor Ascutney Discovery Trail. The one mile trail loop “features 11 interpretive stations with interactive activities such as a 3D map, artist-created benches, tree stump playground, and chairlift swing.” These stations will help explain the history of the mountain and natural significance of Mount Ascutney.
The mountain operated as a ski resort for sixty years, but was shut down in 2010 following losing money for years. Asuctney Outdoors came in 2015 and bought the land, slowly reviving the mountain to its former glory. The winter operations now consist of eight ski trails serviced by a Dopplemyar T-Bar, snow tubing served by a surface lift, and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. In the summer, the outdoor center hosts hiking trails, mountain biking runs, and a equestrian center.
The official statement is below:
“Ascutney Outdoors Announces the Grand Opening of the new Ascutney Discovery Trail
Come September, there will be one more reason to visit Mount Ascutney. The finishing touches are being made on the new Ascutney Discovery Trail with a grand opening scheduled for Sunday, September 5 at 1 p.m. The Ascutney Discovery Trail is a 1-mile interpretive trail that features 11 interpretive stations with interactive activities such as a 3D map, artist-created benches, tree stump playground, and chairlift swing. The Trail introduces visitors to the natural and cultural history of the mountain as they take in breathtaking views while walking through the forest and over the ski slopes.
On Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day weekend), we will cut the ribbon on this new interpretive trail and offer a guided tour and light refreshments. The event starts promptly at 1 pm at the Ascutney Outdoors Center with a dedication followed by a trail walk. Join a guided group or walk the trail on your own. Ascutney Discovery Trail markers will show you the way.
Join Ascutney Outdoors on September 5 to celebrate this new trail and explore the natural and cultural history of this special place in our community!”
Image Credits: Ascutney Outdoor Center