100 years after the town of Glastenbury was abandoned, Glastenbury Mountain is again heavily forested.
In 2006 the Glastenbury Wilderness
was federally designated and now has a total of 22,330 acres. The hilly terrain of the area includes several summits surpassing 2,000 feet along with 3,700-foot Glastenbury Mountain.
As a federal Wilderness Area, motorized vehicles and roads are prohibited. There are no buildings or electricity in the wilderness area. It's known as a famous "blank spot" by pilots who fly between Albany and Boston, or New York and Montreal at night.
Glastenbury supports a mature forest, a "rich mosaic of balsam fir, red spruce, white and yellow birch, beech, and mountain ash. It is interspersed with patches of ferns, raspberries, blackberries, bluebead lily, and dwarf dogwood."
It's also rich with wildlife, including rare birds and black bears, as frequent claw-marked beech trees attest.
Trails & Access
The Long Trail and Appalachian Trail traverse the town of Glastenbury from its north to south border, following the crest of the Green Mountains and passing an old fire tower at the summit.