A few miles of mutli-use trails in Castleton.
A few miles of multi-use trails in Wells
Several miles of hiking/biking trails in Poultney with a view of Lake St. Catherine
More than 17 miles of multi-use trails located in East Poultney
Three miles of hiking trails in East Poultney
3 mile multi-use trail around downtown Poultney
Several miles of trails in Castleton, Ira and Poultney
Several miles of hiking and nature trails in Castleton.
10k walking and running route in Poultney
1-2 hour hike in Poultney with a view of Lake St. Catherine. Formerly owned by Green Mountain College. Trails and parking remain open to the public.
Several miles of hiking trails and zen gardens in Castleton.
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
Every town needs a 10 kilometer running and walking loop!
This loop is a popular and pleasant route that uses the sidewalk along East Main Street to East Poultney, several dirt roads and the D&H Trail. The road up the hill just east of Route 30 was called Cheaters Hill in the 1800s as it allowed people to bypass the brick house that was once the toll house for the Poultney Turnpike.
The 6.5 mile loop begins and ends at the D&H kiosk on Church Street in Poultney village. If you go around the route in a clockwise direction you’ll get a good workout going up Cheater’s Hill. If you do it in a counter clockwise direction you will enjoy a nice long run down the hill.
Enter E. 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, 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.
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.
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.
Parking for the Howe Hill trails is in the parking lot next to the East Poultney Baptist Church on the green in the center of the village of East Poultney. The parking lot may be full on Sunday mornings during church service. To access the trails from the parking lot walk south across the Poultney River on to Thrall Rd. The trails start at the Howe Hill sign on the left side of Thrall Rd. about a quarter mile from the parking lot. There are no facilities provided at the parking lot.
This trail network represents a partnership between two generous landowners and Slate Valley Trails. Howe Hill trails are open to walking, hiking, running, and snowshoeing when the snow falls. There are some short steep climbs on Laird's Loop, some of which may be dangerous in icy conditions. The trails consist of Laird's Loop (1.9 miles round-trip) and the Upper Loop (1.0 miles).
This hike is in the Taconic Mountains Ramble State Park located at 321 St. John Road in Hubbardton, Vermont. It is not a developed park. There is no water, phone or other facilities. There is a single portalet. Plan accordingly and please carry-in-carry-out.
Visit the park website or call the park, 802-273-2997 for current information and directions.
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.
Go 0.8 miles down Endless Brook Road, off of Route 30, and look for a gravel parking area on the right with room for about 4 cars. It is diagonally across the road from Slate Valley Trail's Endless Brook Trailhead, and just past Toad Hall, but before the driveway for The Loon and Otter Lodge.
The main attraction for many at the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve is the stunning views from St. Catherine Mountain. One can see Lake St. Catherine and beyond into the Adirondacks. From the parking, walk down the driveway to a bridge over a stream, then look for a kiosk ahead on the left at the edge of the meadow.
Yellow Trail – 1 mile one way. This is the original trail. It is shorter, and steeper, with less switchbacks. Climbing up the some rocky sections that can be slick when wet. Plan to hike 30 minutes each way.
Green Trail – ~ 1.25 miles one way. This trail is newer and has several switchbacks leading up from the meadow into the forest. It goes past a peaceful brook, as it climbs to the summit. Give yourself at least 45 minutes to hike it one way.
The Lewis Deane Nature Preserve is an 85-acre lot on the east side of Lake St. Catherine. It was donated to Green Mountain College in 2002 by Bill and Linda Osborne, of Poultney, but when GMC closed in 2019, the preserve has gone back to the Osborne's. This land is used by students and the community for education, research, and outdoor experiences.
All visitors to the preserve are asked to follow these guidelines:
1. Leave-no-trace: carry it in, carry it out.
2. Travel on foot only, except for handicapped access or approved management practices.
3. NO HUNTING! Wear orange during hunting season anyhow.
4. Engage in no illegal activities.
5. Camp only in designated areas.
6. Build no fires, except in designated areas.
A simple internet search will pull up a handful of blogs about the trails at the Deane Preserve. Please respect the landowner. This property was formerly owned by Green Mountain College. The trails and parking are still open to the public thanks to the current property steward.