The Delaware & Hudson Rail-Trail quietly rambles over the rolling hills and farmland of western Vermont along the state’s border with New York, dipping into its western neighbor at the community of Granville. It traces an old Delaware & Hudson railroad line that operated between Rutland and Albany, playing a vital role in the slate industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When you reach Granville, be sure to take a short side trip to the Slate Valley Museum (17 Water Street) to learn about this interesting history.
Today, the rail-trail exists in two segments of nearly equal length. To explore the northern section, begin at the Castleton trailhead. From the campus of Castleton State College, the trail delves into lush pockets of northern hardwood trees and provides a glimpse of Vermont farmland. After 7 miles you'll reach Poultney, near the Vermont/New York border. The trail ends shortly thereafter.
The southern section of the trail begins in the rural New York community of Granville, known for its quarries that offer slate in a variety of colors. In the heart of town, you’ll cross the Mettowee River on a 140-foot pedestrian bridge.
South of Granville, the crosses back into Vermont through a densely forested area. After passing through the town of West Pawlet, the trail opens up a bit, offering sweeping views of the surrounding hills and countryside. Don't be surprised to see deer all along this trail. After passing a parking area outside the small village of West Rupert, the trail continues only 0.5 mile farther before reaching its southern terminus, ending at the state border.
To reach the Castleton trailhead from Rutland, take US 4 west to Exit 5, head west 0.5 mile on State Route 4A, and turn left into the entrance of Castleton State College on Seminary Street. Turn right into the visitor parking area. At the end of the lot are rows of designated trail parking spaces.
To reach the Poultney trailhead from Rutland, take US 7 south to Wallingford, then head west on Route 140 into Poultney. In town, turn left on Grove Street then right on Bentley Street. The trailhead is on the left.
In Granville, public parking is available along the trail where it crosses Main Street.
To access the West Pawlet trailhead from Rutland, take US 4 west to Exit 4, head south on Route 30 about 9 miles, then turn south on Route 153 into West Pawlet. At the T-junction with Egg Street, turn right. The trailhead is on the right.
To reach the West Rupert trailhead, follow State Route 153 south to the village of West Rupert. Make a right turn on Hebron Road and follow it until you see the trail.