Who knew that just 4 miles from Bradbury Mountain, there exists another beautiful hiking spot called the Hedgehog Mountain Trails. With over 5 miles of trails, you could spend some serious time here, getting lost in the fall colors and old pine and hemlock forests. Or following the old stone walls that seemed to appear everywhere on these trails. Hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dogs (on leash) are permitted here. Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails.
Hedgehog Mountain is the highest peak in Freeport with an elevation gain of 298 feet...the perfect beginning for our young hikers. Owned by the Town of Freeport and managed by the Freeport Conservation Trust, this land is serene and lovely.
The trailhead is located on Hedgehog Mountain Road off of Pownal Road. A gravel parking area is located on the left just before the Recycling Center gate. After parking, we took the closest trailhead to the parking area, on the same side of the road.
To find the heart we left for you, take the Hedgehog Mountain Trail to the Summit Trail. After reaching the peak of Hedgehog Mountain, head down the other side to the Stonewall Trail. At the intersection of these two trails, you will see what looks like an empty picture frame. Put your faces in and take a picture! Then look down to your left to find our heart made out of rocks.
The loop to our rock heart is a short one, but there are plenty of other trails to explore here if you'd rather take your time. It truly is a beautiful place.