Mud Season & Thaw Cycles

Trails are fragile when they are wet or thawing out! Wet trails are easily damaged and require time-consuming, and sometimes costly repair! 


As a non-profit trail stewardship organization that relies upon volunteers for annual and emergency trail maintenance we ask that you abide by the following when using our trails:


1) Please avoid trails during thaw cycles and after rain events!


2) Please avoid trails when they are WET!

 *If you are leaving a ruts and you are sinking in- you should turn around and try again when trails are drier. If you are going around puddles, or icy spots, you are making the trail wider- you should turn around and try again later. Choose your adventure wisely this time of year! 


3) Come pitch in on a Spring Trail Clean Up or Trail Work Day in Season!


4) Be respectful of our trail network and guidelines 


As with other trails systems in New England, SVT does not recommend you hike, run or ride bikes on trails until trails are dry. Sometimes this isn't until sometime in late May depending on the weather. 


We will post more updates as spring progresses to TrailForks and to the sidebar on this page. 


Learn More

If you are unfamiliar with Mud Seasoning and the "Why" behind respecting this guidance, we recommend you read this blog post by the Green Mountain Club.  


Also watch this video by Leave No Trace Centers for Outdoor Ethics about what a Durable Surface is.


Thank you for your respect! We hope to see you at a Spring Trail Clean Up Day soon!



Trail Conditions

General Current Status

Last Updated: 3/19/20: 

Many of the are too wet right now. Please avoid and find a drier place to run/hike/bike! 


Suggested drier trails:

The D&H Rail Trail and parts of the Poultney River and Rail Trail maybe dry.


- Current detailed trail conditions are listed on TRAILFORKS

trail conditions reports

The latest trail conditions are posted to TrailForks

 Use TRAILFORKS in these ways: 

- Favorite our network to see reports and get updates

- See current trail conditions and any closures/advisories

- Use the app to navigate while you are on the trails and offline.

- Submit Trail Condition Reports you see while out on the trails (photos help)

- You may also use the "Report Issue" form on our website ( at this time you can't include photos without sending an additional email)

Other Helpful Trail Info

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SVT on TrailFinder

The SVT trail network and gravel ride network are on TrailFinder.info !

Use this resource to find other trail networks in Vermont by type of activity, location, etc!

Announce coming events

Find Trail Maps and information under Foot or Bike

Don’t forget the Gravel Ride network! PDFs and links to the rides waypoints!