A few miles of multi-use trails in Castleton.
A few miles of multi-use trails in Wells, near the Lakeside Park
Several miles of single track in Poultney, near the State Park
More than 17 miles of multi-use trails located in East Poultney.
Dozens of miles of loops, primarily on dirt & gravel roads, beginning & ending in Poultney
A 3-mile multi-use trail around downtown Poultney
Visitor parking is behind the Stafford Academic Center in the Stafford lot (See Map)
The Castleton University Trails are easy and well marked. There are two trails:
To Access the Trails
Spartan Trail Work Day volunteers
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.
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.
Delaney Woods East Trail sign
The trailhead and parking is located on Endless Brook Road across from the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve.
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.
A woman hikes the Endless Brook Trails
The trailhead and parking is located at 125 Town Farm Road in Poultney.
Trails on the south side of VT 140 are referred to as "Fairgrounds West" and on the north side of VT 140, as "Fairgrounds East".
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.
The Fairgrounds property is open for deer hunting only (no other game).
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.
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:
For your own safety and out of respect for hunters - please abide by trail closures.
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.