Vermont Mountain Biking: The 10 Best Places To Ride In The Green Mountain State

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Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!


Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack in the east from the Kingdom Trails in East Burke to Killington Bike Park and everything in between. In this post, learn the 10 best places to ride throughout the Green Mountain State.


Any mountain biker who visits or lives in Vermont knows about the magic of the Northeast Kingdom and the Kingdom Trails. It is the mountain bike mecca of the east just like Moab is the mountain bike mecca of the west.

But the Kingdom Trails isn’t the only rad place to mountain bike in Vermont. Hells no. There are dozens of other amazing singletrack areas throughout the Green Mountain state. Over the past decade or so, Vermont has exploded with new trails and enthusiasm for everything mountain bike. There are hundreds of miles of purpose-built singletrack suitable for all levels of riders and more is being built every season.

So if you’re itching for a mountain bike escape to Vermont (and you should be!), here’s your guide to the best riding in the Green Mountain state.

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Vermont Mountain Biking – Mapped


The 10 Best Places To Mountain Bike in Vermont

1. Kingdom Trails

The Kingdom Trails in East Burke is perhaps Vermont’s best-known mountain bike destination. People come near and far to explore this vast network of singletrack. You’ll find everything at the Kingdom Trails from fast and fun flow trails that will have you grinning from ear to ear (like Black Bear and Stormin’ Norman!) to raw and rowdy old-school downhill descents that will test your skills.

There are over 120 miles of trail to explore in East Burke, so be sure to spend a few days there to ride as much as you can.

If your legs need a break from all the pedaling, head to the Burke Mountain Bike Park for some lift-serviced action.

 

 

The Kingdom Trails // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
The Kingdom Trails // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!

2. Millstone Trails

Millstone is located just south of Barre and it’s home to some of the best Vermont mountain biking. The trail network is managed by a non-profit organization and the trails are well maintained by volunteers. Millstone was once an old quarry, so expect lots of rock features.

There are three main riding zones to Millstone:

  • The Barre Town Forest is the oldest section of trail with easy-to-intermediate multi-purpose trails. Definitely check out TNT.

  • Gnome Man’s Land is where the most challenging purpose-built trails are like Roller Coaster and Screaming Demon (both suuuper fun).

  • Finally there’s Canyonlands which is the easiest and also the most scenic zone at Millstone. Fellowship of the Ring is pretty much the only trail that winds its way through this zone and is worth the pedal if you want to add some miles to your day.

Note: The area was recently logged due to a beetle infestation, so some trails may be closed or in the process of being rebuilt.

3. Perry Hill

Perry Hill in Waterbury is home to some of the most technical (and fun!) mountain bike trails in Northern Vermont. The climb to the top is a bit brutal (although thanks to the new climb trail added in 2020 it’s not so bad). If you want a challenge and have advanced skills, try Joe’s, Six Flags, Disneyland, or Rasta Man. You can expect lots of rocky features and technical lines and you can definitely get into trouble if you’re not prepared. Always scope the lines before dropping in.

There are two beginner-friendly downs at Perry Hill – Campfire and S’mores – but you still need to do some significant climbing to access them so be prepared to work hard if you hit up these trails. They’re worth it, though!

 

 

Steep rock roller on Rasta Man
Steep rock roller on Rasta Man

Steep rock roller on Rasta Man

 

4. Pleasant Valley

This Vermont mountain biking trail network is literally in back of my Dad’s house – the house I grew up in. The trails were hand built by him and his mountain bike club and it is home to some of the best riding in Vermont. I’m not even being biased! There are about 40 miles of singletrack in the Valley, but most of it isn’t publicly mapped on TrailForks or MTB Project because the trails stretch across a handful of private land owners. That being said, they are definitely being found out and more and more riders are heading to Pleasant Valley.

If you want to ride this network, become a member of the BRMBC (Brewster River Mountain Bike Club) or VMBA and join a group ride.

Or better yet, become a member and sign up for the shenanigans that is the annual Tour de Valley.

 

 

Pleasant Valley Mountain Biking // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
Pleasant Valley Mountain Biking // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!

5. Stowe

Stowe is becoming the next Kingdom Trails. Over the past few years, the town of Stowe has poured tons of money into building new trail and repurposing old for awesome mountain biking fun. The network of Cady’s Hill is just a few pedal strokes from town and has one of the best flow trails in the state – Florence (aka Flo). There’s also plenty of old school roots on the Schween loops, making for a great variety of terrain. Be sure to take Bear’s back out!

A short ways away from Cady’s Hill is Adam’s Camp. One of my favorite all-time loops in Vermont is to pedal up Hualapalooza to Cheddar and then take the bombing Kimmer’s descent back down. This loop is about 8 miles with 1,442ft of climbing. For an added bonus, climb up the Haul Road to the cabin for a snack and water break.

 

 

Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!

6. Richmond Area

The mountain biking around the Richmond area is growing. While not the best in the state quite yet, these networks are worth visiting if you have the time and want to explore more of the local’s scene. Chamberlain Hill in Richmond has a nice mellow pedal to the top and then a fast (albeit tight) descent down Full House.

Cochran’s to the east has a larger network of singletrack and is definitely a local’s favorite. The climbs are challenging, but the descents down A-Day and Visceral are fun and fast.

There’s also a ton more places to ride in the area like Bolton Valley Bike Park, Sleepy Hollow, and Hinesburg Town Forest.

7. Killington Bike Park

The bike park at Killington was partially built by Whistler’s Gravity Logic and it’s definitely worth a visit for any avid rider. There are three lifts that access progressively harder terrain at the mountain.

If you’re not into bike parks, Killington is also close to several other awesome networks. Head west to Rutland for Pine Hill Park, which has almost 16 miles of well maintained cross-country singletrack for beginner/intermediate riders.

About 15 miles north of Killington is the town of Pittsfield and the mountain bike network of Green Mountain Trails. Here you’ll find over 25 miles of trail with 1,000ft of elevation gain. The trails can be accessed by self-shuttle or there’s a dedicated climb route.

 

 

Killington Bike Park // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
Killington Bike Park // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!

8. Ascutney

The Ascutney Trails in southern Vermont are a fun place to spend a day or two. Truthfully, it kind of feels like you are climbing uphill both ways, but that being said, there are some fun descents and lots of features to play around on.

I would recommend skipping the northern zone and focusing your ride on the southern network. Trails to hit include: Cloud Climber (actually a fun climb), Lynx, Just Smile, and Gracie’s Loop.

Important note: These are multi-use trails and Ascutney is a popular place for hikers. Check your speed and be courteous.

 

 

Ascutney Mountain Bike Trails // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!
Ascutney Mountain Bike Trails // Vermont mountain biking includes some of the best singletrack trails in the east from the East Burke to Killington Bike Park. Learn the best places to ride here!

9. Catamount Outdoor Center

For a mellower ride, maybe with the family, head to Catamount Outdoor Center near Burlington. There are over 26 miles of professionally built and maintained trail for all levels (although they definitely cater to families with kids). Catamount also offers bike rentals as well as group rides and clinics, but there is a day-use fee of $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

If you’re in the area, two other family-friendly places to check out nearby are Saxon Hill in Essex and Mobb’s Farm in Jericho.

10. Woodstock Area

Woodstock is not far from Killington (only a 30 minute drive) but I added it as a separate Vermont mountain biking destination because Woodstock is home to its own bike park – Suicide 6. While not as extensive as the Killington Bike Park, Suicide 6 has five miles of lift-serviced DH singletrack that is perfect for hot laps and skill building.

Also be sure to check out the nearby Mt. Peg trails which are a combination of old school singletrack and new school freeride trails with natural and manmade features.

Last, but not least, head west of Woodstock to the Aqueduct Trails, another network with a mix of old-school tech and new-school flow.


Have you ridden in Vermont? Where is your favorite Vermont mountain biking network? What would you add to this list? Leave a comment below!

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4 Comments

  1. This post is truly appreciated, especially coming from a local’s perspective. It’s a great starting point to plan a road trip. Living in Toronto and having grown up in southwestern BC, my need to escape and ride challenging and comparable trails is strong. Now I just have to figure out when I can squeeze in a road trip. I’m thinking October might work depending on weather, but I also have to consider when bike parks (Burke Mountain and Killington) close for the season. I’m not a huge fan of bike parks, but they’re great for “rest” days.

    1. Thanks for reading! Early October is a great time to ride in Vermont – you’ll catch the foliage. Bike parks will most likely be shut down by then, although Highland bike park in New Hampshire typically stays open through October.

  2. These all look great. I’m in southern VT. Are there any places worth while closer to the south end? Thanks

    1. I grew up in Northern VT, so I’m more familiar with the trails up there. But I know there is some great riding in southern vermont. If you like bike park riding Killington is super fun and there’s a handful of other bike parks in southern VT. There’s also supposedly some great singletrack around Keene, NH. I mentioned Woodstock above, which is worth a visit. And Massachusetts to the south is full of great riding!

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