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This is a list of Vermont trails, greenways and waterways, for hiking, biking, birding, paddle sports, horseback, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

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Guide to land and waterways use permits for groups.

New Limitations on Landowner Liability: Public Recreation on Private Land, (Booklet)

Vermont Recreation Trails

Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail passes through 14 states. The Trail is a public footpath, which is 2,155 miles long.

Ascutney Trails is a network of about 30 miles of trails for non-motorized recreational use, located at the base and western flank of Mt. Ascutney, mostly on the land of the Ascutney Mountain Resort and the town forest of West Windsor Vermont.

ATV Trails and Clubs - Vermont ATV Sportsman Association, (VASA) provides information on trails, ethics, events, clubs and more.

Burlington Bikepath   -Activities: Walking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing, In-line Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible Length: 7.6 miles from Oakledge Park in Burlington to the Winooski River Trail Bridge. The Burlington Bikepath is a section of the 14-mile Island Line Trail. A bridge at the Northern end of the path connects to Colchester and the portion of the Island Line Trail that is a Causeway across Lake. The seasonal Island Line Bike Ferry carries cyclists and pedestrians across a gap in the Causeway to the Island of South Hero.   For the ferry schedule, click Local Motion.

Chittenden County Trail Finder, your source for hiking, biking, inline skating, and cross country ski trails in Chittenden County, Vermont. 75+ trails from across the county, Collaborative effort between Local Motion and local trail stewards.

Catamount Trail Association      Travel the length of Vermont on Skis!

Connecticut River Joint Commissions    13 maps show 70 access sites to the river in NH and VT, to help you enjoy this American Heritage River.

Connecticut River Paddlers' Trail - New England’s longest waterway, the Connecticut River, provides many opportunities for recreational exploration.

Cross Rivendell Trail - Fairlee, VT - A 36 mile educational and recreational resource in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Cross Vermont Trail  The purpose of the Cross Vermont Trail Association, Inc. is to assist municipalities, recreation groups, and landowners in the creation and management of a four-season, multi-use trail across the state of Vermont for public recreation, alternative transportation, and awareness of our natural and cultural heritage. The trail will run from Vermont's western border on Lake Champlain to its eastern border in the Village of Wells River on the Connecticut River.

Cycle Conservation Club of Vermont, - We are dedicated to creating, enhancing and preserving legal off-road and dual-sport motorcycle opportunities in Vermont.

Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail The Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail is a 19.8 mile long converted railroad bed in southwestern Vermont which was originally part of the Delaware and Hudson rail system that connected Rutland, Vermont with Albany, New York. The two nearly ten mile long sections extend through scenic areas of western Rutland and Bennington Counties with views of nearby hills, open farmland, forests, wetlands, end villages.

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir is a Vermont non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir.

Green Mountain Club
  Protecting & Maintaining Vermont's Long Trail since 1910, from Canada to Massachusetts.

Green Mountain National Forest  Over 360,000 acres of back-country.

Green Mountain Trails  Fun, flowy, varied, beautiful and sustainable singletrack trail network. Over 20 miles of trails and growing. Gravity assisted riding possible. Pittsfield, VT, Open Jun 01, 2011 to Oct 31, 2011- Daily 7 am to Sunset.

Island Line Rail-Trail   Hop on the spectacular 14-mile rail trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington’s waterfront, crosses a river delta on the Winooski River Trail Bridge, and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! The seasonal Island Line Bike Ferry carries cyclists and pedestrians across a gap in the Causeway to the Island of South Hero. Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound. For the ferry schedule visit Local Motion. .

Kingdom Trails   Kingdom Trails has established over 100 miles of multi-use trails, allowing for many self-guided hiking, mountain biking, and riding opportunities, with many more to come.
Lake Champlain Bikeways     a 350 mile principal route has been identified, mapped, and promoted along the Lake's shoreline from Whitehall, New York, crossing the Canadian border to Chambly, Quebec. A network of interconnected, international bicycle routes on existing roads along Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York, and the Richelieu River in Quebec.

Lake Champlain Birding Trail   The Birding Trail will circle the entire lake. Within the large loop, there will be smaller interior loops. These smaller loops will be very diverse in the habitats and species they showcase. 

Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail    The mission of the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail is to develop and maintain a trail for human-powered boats and to encourage managed access and responsible, safe recreation.

Lake Champlain's Underwater Historic Preserve System    Establishing a preserve is one way to accomplish these goals by making it easy for divers to safely locate historic wreck sites, by protecting the wrecks from accidental anchor damage, and by helping you to understand the life and history of each wreck. 

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - Nearly 100 miles long, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New England, offering spectacular vistas and local hospitality and services for hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowmobilers, snowshoers, dog mushers and cross-country skiers and a host of other users and organizations.

Mad River Path Association    Our purpose is to create and maintain recreation trails and pedestrian pathways in Vermont's Mad River Valley. Through landowner agreements, our growing trail network is available for use by the community at large as well as our
many guests. 

Merck Forest   We welcome walkers, hikers, x-country skiers, school children, teachers, campers, birders, snowshoers, nature lovers... Over 3,100 acres to explore and enjoy. 

Millstone Trails Association is a non-profit organization that maintains the Millstone Trails, a network of non-motorized recreational trails in Central Vermont. Our trails traverse 1,500 acres of diverse and dramatic terrain, among historic quarries, New England villages, and regenerating forests.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge  Black Creek and Maquam Creek interpretive trails provide good opportunities for waterfowl and wading bird observation and photography as the trails pass through 1 ½ miles of wooded lowland.

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail  The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail is a 26-mile multi-use recreational trail located in northwestern Vermont. It wanders through farms, forests, fields and communities. Whether you walk, ski, or ride (bike, snowmobile, horse back), a trip on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail takes you into the heart of northern Vermont's agricultural open lands. Come harvest our agricultural heritage!

Moosalamoo   Over 20,000 acres of forest, cliffs, vistas, lakes and streams, stretching from the western ridge of the Green Mountains to Lake Dunmore, and from Middlebury Gap to Brandon Gap. 

Northern Forest Canoe Trail    The entire 700-mile length of the NFCT is passable now. It connects or has access to every major drainage in the northeast, and traverses a diversity of waterways, each historically significant to the region’s development. 

Passumpsic Valley Water Trail  This 30 mile water trail begins in East Burke Village and flows to the Connecticut River. For a brochure, call: 802-525-4386 or 800-884-8001.

RASTA – Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance - Advocating sustainable multi-use trails in the vicinity of Rochester, VT. Creating recreation trails for hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and mountain biking.

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail - This trail is a National Recreation Trail that commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry; several of his poems are mounted along the trail in the woods and fields. The trail is an easy walk, and the first 0.3 miles across a beaver pond boardwalk out to the South Branch of the Middlebury River is accessible and suitable for wheelchairs.

Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin - The purpose of STAB is to advocate for continued accessibility of low-impact, local trails used for multiple non-motorized sports in the Vermont towns of West Windsor, Hartland, Reading, Weathersfield and Windsor.

Stowe Mountain Bike Club  The Stowe, Waterbury and Morrisville mountain bike trail network meanders through land graciously used by permission from private and public landowners, and are maintained and developed by volunteers, largely through the efforts of SMBC and its members.

The Fellowship of the Wheel  The Fellowship maintains a series of mountain biking trails in Chittenden County ( Burlington Area).

Trail Around Middlebury is an 16-mile footpath, encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks.

Upper Valley Trails Alliance  Information on hundreds of trails in the Upper Connecticut Valley.

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers   Maintaining over 5,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Vermont.

Vermont Mountain Bike Advocates    is a non-profit organization that promotes trail advocacy through volunteer participation in planning, funding, establishing and maintaining trails throughout Vermont.

Vermont Paddlers Club - River Information for Paddlers   Paddling information on 30 Vermont rivers

Vermont State Forests and Parks  More than 340,000 acres of public land.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science-Nature Trails - VINS’ nature trail system has been upgraded to make a section accessible to people of all mobility levels, including those using strollers and wheelchairs. VINS currently has three-quarters of a mile of trails that wind through the rich floodplain forest along the Ottauquechee River, with views of Dewey’s Pond.

Wildlife Management Areas (Maps)  87 sites for recreation. 

Wilmington VT Recreation Trails, - The Valley Trail connects the resort villages of Wilmington and Dover in southern Vermont.

Winooski Valley Park District   Six easy walks, open year round. Also for boating, fishing and biking. Call: 802-863-5744 for maps.


  Vermont Trails and Greenways Council

"The Vermont Trails & Greenways Council seeks to ensure that people will always have access to
adequate land and water-based trails and greenways."


 WATERBURY-The early tulips and daffodils are blooming, the grass is greening up and the robins are chirping in the valleys.  It must be time to lace up of the hiking boots and check the tires on the mountain bike for that first mountain trip. Not necessarily, say the folks at the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council.  "Most mountain trails are very wet at this time of year, " explains Mike Fraysier, Council member and State Lands Director for the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. "Think how rutted and damaged our back roads were a few weeks ago from light local traffic. Snow melt time and just after  is  equivalent  to mud season on our mountain trails.  A group of hikers in hard-soled boots, a couple of horses or even one deep tire track from  a mountain bike can cause serious erosion on a wet trail."

To treat our trails with respect, mid-May or later is the recommended time for planning those first mountain hikes or rides.  Spring rains or slow melts can leave some higher elevation trails soggy until Memorial Day.  So, hikers are asked to use their judgment and simply turn back if a trail  looks too wet to hike. But what to do in the meantime?  Mike Stafford, Chair of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council has some suggestions.

 "Spring is the perfect time to try out the community recreation paths. Most of them are surfaced, and readily accessible from parking areas. Try some lower elevation trails that can help you get in shape for longer steeper trails later in the season.  Vermont has so many wonderful trail resources that you don’t have to stop moving to be a responsible hiker."

 The Green Mountain Club posts an extensive list of recommended spring hikes statewide. You can also call the nearest office of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, the Green  Mountain National Forest or the Green Mountain Club for up-to-date spring trail conditions and recommendations for alternatives.


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