SVT Bike Trails

Castleton University

Castleton University

Castleton University

Spartan Trail Work Day volunteers.

A few miles of multi-use trails in Castleton.

Delaney Woods

Castleton University

Castleton University

A sign indicating the start of the East Trail.

A few miles of multi-use trails in Wells, near the Lakeside Park 

Endless Brook

Castleton University

Fairgrounds Trails

Two young men mountain bike over a bridge with railing above a stream.

Several miles of single track in Poultney, near the State Park 

Fairgrounds Trails

Poultney River and Rail Trail

Fairgrounds Trails

A female mountain biker rides around a turn downhill.

More than 17 miles of multi-use trails located in East Poultney.  

Gravel Ride Network

Poultney River and Rail Trail

Poultney River and Rail Trail

Middletown Springs - a person biking on an old gravel road covered with leaves

Dozens of miles of loops, primarily on dirt & gravel roads, beginning & ending in Poultney

Poultney River and Rail Trail

Poultney River and Rail Trail

Poultney River and Rail Trail

A young cyclists rides on a recently mowed trail.

 A 3-mile multi-use trail around downtown Poultney 

OTHER Bike TRAILS IN THE REGION

D&H Rail Trail - Northern Section

D&H Rail Trail - including Granville, NY section

D&H Rail Trail - Northern Section

A person riding  their bike along the D&H Rail trail gravel path.

 -This section of multiple-use trail is partially co-aligned with the Poultney River & Rail Trail.

-This section is from Poultney to Castleton.   

-The trail welcomes walkers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders in warmer weather and snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers in the winter.

  -This section is  approx. 10 miles, one-way. 

D&H Rail Trail - Southern Section

D&H Rail Trail - including Granville, NY section

D&H Rail Trail - Northern Section

The D&H Rail Trail forested view, and grassy/gravel treadway surface.

 -This section of multiple-use trail is in Pawlet and Rupert, Vermont.  

-The trail welcomes walkers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders in warmer weather and snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers in the winter. 

-This section is approx. 9.8 miles, one-way.


D&H Rail Trail - including Granville, NY section

D&H Rail Trail - including Granville, NY section

D&H Rail Trail - including Granville, NY section

Snow covers the D&H Rail Trail and park bench.

 -This link includes Vermont and NY sections of Vermont sections of this multiuse trail.  

- The D&H welcomes walkers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders in warmer weather and snowshoers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers in the winter. 

 -The D&H in NY and VT is 25.8 miles, with a gap between Granville & Poultney at this time. 

Slate Valley Trails Regional Map

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Castleton University Multi-Use Trails

More Information

Castleton University Trails Map


Trailhead

 Visitor parking is behind the Stafford Academic Center in the Stafford lot (See Map) 


Trail Descriptions

The Castleton University Trails are easy and well marked.  There are two trails:

  • Spartan Trail 1.6 miles (green markers)
  • Lady Spartan Trail – 0.3 miles (red markers), which is a connector trail in the longer Spartan Trail loop (see map).


Guidelines

  • Open to the public from dawn to dusk. 
  • Walking, running, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing are all allowed. 
  • No motorized vehicles please.
  • Snowmobiles are allowed on the rail trail in the winter. 
  • Please be respectful of private landowners and stay on the marked trails as some portions of these trails cross private land.


To Access the Trails

  • Begin in Castleton Village on Main Street (also 4A). 
  • Starting from Castleton Village head west. 
  • Take the third left onto South Street. 
  • In about 1/3 of a mile, (just after Jeffords Science Center), take the next left into a large parking lot.
  • Immediately turn right and park at the end of the smaller lot adjacent to South Street. 
  • The D&R Rail Trail passes just to the north of this parking lot. There is a rail trail informational kiosk about 100 feet to the east. 
  • To access the Castleton University trails, cross South Street and follow the D&R rail trail south. It passes to the west of the Spartan Pavilion and Stadium.  There are two entrances (marked with signs). One is about 1,500 feet from South Street and the second is about 3,000 feet from South Street. See map for further details.

Other Tips

  • These trails can be hiked or biked in any direction. The trails are suitable for beginner mountain bikers, joggers and those looking for an easy hike.   
  • The CU trails are popular.  All users, please be aware and exercise caution around curves and blind turns in the trails.  
  • The terrain is gentle with no significant climbs. The footpath is well maintained but there are plenty of roots and rocks to watch out for.
  • In the spring there may be several wet and muddy sections. 
  • The trails wind through forest, cross Glenbrook twice and skirt the edge of athletic fields and Glenbrook Pond. The varied environments provide for an interesting outing but there are no major overlooks or views.  
  • The trails are used by the University cross-country team in the fall. 

Spartan Trail Work Day volunteers

Spartan Trail Work Day volunteers gather round.

Delaney Woods

More Information

Delaney Woods Map


Delaney Woods on Trailfinder


Description

Delaney Woods, owned by the Town of Wells, is part of the conserved Delaney Farm.   Volunteers and professional trail builders constructed about 3.5 miles of multi-use single track trails over the past couple of years.  The trails were designed for all kinds of HUMAN powered fun such as hiking, snow shoeing and mountain biking.   



Trailhead Directions

Enter Delaney Cross Road off North Street in Wells, across from the Lakeside Park, and look for the official parking area. From there, continue on foot or bike up the road for about 0.2 m, stay right and you should see the sign for SVT Rt 1 trailhead. 


Guidelines

  • Welcome sunrise to sunset - no camping
  • Share the trails - bikers yield to hikers
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics, including carry out your trash 
  • Stay on marked trails - we went to a lot of trouble to build them
  • No motorized vehicles or horses -  they can damage the trails
  • Hunting is allowed at Delaney Woods. Hunters may contact the Town of Wells for more information. 
  • Wear bright colors during all Vermont hunting seasons including, but not limited to spring and fall turkey, fall bow, rifle, and muzzleloader deer seasons    
  •  Your cell phone may NOT have service at our trailheads, or on parts of our trail network! Familiarize yourself with the map, have a map with you, and/or have the map available offline in your mobile GPS App.   
  • This Trailhead has no facilities.

Delaney Woods East Trail sign

Endless Brook

More Information

Endless Brook Map


Endless Brook on Trailfinder


Trailhead Directions 

The trailhead and parking is located on Endless Brook Road across from the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve.


Description

These beautiful trails are entirely on private property and are open to the public through the landowner's generosity and their partnership with Slate Valley Trails.  The majority of the trails are singletrack and designed for mountian biking.  However, the trails are open to any non-motorized use including hiking, running, and snowshoeing.  Once you reach the highest point on Hardy's Hill the views of Lake Saint Catherine are amazing, and so are the fast berms and rolls as you head back down the long descent. Please do not ride the trails if they are wet and tire ruts are visible.


Guidelines

  • Welcome sunrise to sunset - no camping
  • Share the trails - bikers yield to hikers
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics, including carry out your trash 
  • Stay on marked trails - we went to a lot of trouble to build them
  • No motorized vehicles or horses -  they can damage the trails
  • No firearms or public hunting - for everyone's safety
  • No camping or fires - to respect the landowner's wishes
  • Your cell phone may NOT have service at our trailheads, or on parts of our trail network! Familiarize yourself with the map, have a map with you, and/or have the map available offline in your mobile GPS App.  
  • This Trailhead has no facilities.

Trail Descriptions

  • Farm Road (0.2 mi) This short woods road connects from the trailhead to Franz's Falls Trail.
  • Franz’s Falls (0.7 mi) This twisty singletrack trail is the main access point for all the other trails in the network. Expect technical steep side-hills after the long bridge over a beautiful gorge.
    Rusty Bucket Loop (1.4 mi) This narrow singletrack trail loop climbs and descends through open forest, featuring many tight turns and a beautiful overlook from the summit ledge.
  • Hardy’s Hill (1.9 mi) This trail is recommended as an out-and-back, but can also be ridden along with Rocky Ridge or Shale Shifter to make a loop.  Once you reach the highest point the views of Lake Saint Catherine are amazing, and so are the fast berms and rolls as you head back down the long descent.  This trail is slightly wider and less technical than Rocky Ridge, Franz’s Falls and Rusty Bucket Loop.
  • Hi Roller (0.6 mi) This is a fun, rolling trail that offers additional loop options.
  • Rocky Ridge (1.1 mi) This hand built single track trail is technical, with some exposed sections, recommended for expert riders.
  • Shale Shifter (1.1 mi) This trail offers a great double track option for those looking for a hill climb workout with some steep sections, or walking with a group. It can be combined with Hardy’s Hill to make a loop.
  • Dayton Hill Connector (0.7 mi) This Class 4 Road and is a great way to connect from the trailhead to Hardy’s Hill, or vice versa. Please limit all parking to the designated parking lot on Endless Brook Road.

A young adult and woman mountain bike around a singletrack corner.

Fairgrounds Trails

More Information

Fairgrounds Map


Fairgrounds on Trailforks


Trailhead Directions

The trailhead and parking is located at 131 Town Farm Road in Poultney.  


Trails to the south of VT 140 are referred to as "Fairgrounds West". Trails to the north of VT 140 are "Fairgrounds East".


Description

These new trails are entirely on private property and are open to the public through the landowner's generosity and their partnership with Slate Valley Trails.  The majority of the trails are singletrack and designed for mountain biking.  However, the trails are open to any non-motorized use including hiking, running, and snowshoeing.


Guidelines

  • Welcome sunrise to sunset
  • Share the trails... bikers yield to hikers
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics, including carry out your trash 
  • Stay on marked trails... we went to a lot of trouble to build them
  • No motorized vehicles or horses... they can damage the trails
  • No camping or fires... to respect the landowner's wishes
  • Your cell phone may NOT have service at our trailheads, or on parts of our trail network! Familiarize yourself with the map, have a map with you, and/or have the map available offline in your mobile GPS App. 
  •  This Trailhead has a porta potty, but no other  facilities.  


Hunting Information

The Fairgrounds property is open for deer hunting only (no other game).  


Attention Hunters

The Fairgrounds property is open for deer hunting.  This property is a popular recreation destination and is used by hikers and mountain bikers.  Pets may be present.  Hunters should familiarize themselves with the locations of trails and take extra caution.


Rules

  • Hunters must follow VT Fish and Wildlife regulations.  
  • No vehicles are allowed on the property.
  • Trapping is not allowed.
  • Permanent deer stands and/or climbers are not allowed.
  • Do not leave litter.
  • Any field dressing must be done at least 200 feet from all trails.


Attention Trail Users: Be aware!  This property is open to hunting.


Please note these safety recommendations:


The following trails are closed during rifle and muzzleloader season:  

  • Cliffhanger
  • Freefall
  • Loop-the-Loop
  • Midway
  • To Morse Hollow

For your own safety and out of respect for hunters - please abide by trail closures.

Two kids ride mountain bikes on a trail.

Poultney River and Rail Trail

More Information

 Poultney River and Rail Trail Map


Description

The Poultney River and Rail Trail is a 3.3 mile multi-use trail around downtown Poultney, which has been under development since 2001.  The trail features portions of the D&H Rail Trail, Poultney River and a corridor bordering the Poultney Elementary School.

Recently, Slate Valley Trails has partnered with the Town of Poultney, the Poultney 20/20 Committee and the Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resource Conservation District to bring the plans to completion. 

 

WINTER USE OF PRRT and D&H Rail Trail

The D&H Rail Trail and many parts of the PRRT are aligned with the VAST Trail.  The D&H is open to non-motorized and motorized use in winter months. The southern most section of the PRRT is on the opposite side of the Poultney River as the VAST Trail, and the PRRT at the Elementary School is separate from the VAST Trail.  

For the interactive VAST Trail Map CLICK HERE.For VAST info, visit the Poultney Area SnoDevils website or Facebook 

Poultney River and Rail Trail map