Montpelier, VT Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Airport Park Trail

1.5 mi
State: VT
Dirt, Gravel

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

19.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Arms Park Trail

1.4 mi
State: VT
Dirt

Battell Woods Trail

5 mi
State: VT
Dirt, Gravel

Blackmount Rail Trail

5 mi
State: NH
Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips

Cambridge Greenway

1.4 mi
State: VT
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Colchester Bayside to Village Path

3.8 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Cross Vermont Trail

87.4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Cross Vermont Trail (Montpelier & Wells River Trail)

22.9 mi
State: VT
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Essex Bike Paths

4.7 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Ethan Allen Park Trails

4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Dirt

Franconia Brook Trail

7.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast

Franconia Notch Recreation Path

8.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Intervale Trail

2 mi
State: VT
Dirt

Island Line Rail Trail

13.4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Gravel

Johnnie Brook Road Trail

0.7 mi
State: VT
Gravel

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

34.2 mi
State: VT
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Littleton Riverwalk (NH)

0.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Marshall Avenue Bike Path

1.4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Mascoma River Greenway

2.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion

Means Woods Trail

0.5 mi
State: VT
Dirt, Gravel

Millstone Hill West Bike Path

2.4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Ballast

Missisquoi Valley Rail-Trail

26.3 mi
State: VT
Crushed Stone

Niquette Bay State Park - Allen Trail

0.6 mi
State: VT
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Northern Rail Trail

57.6 mi
State: NH
Cinder, Crushed Stone

Riverside Avenue Bike Path

1.1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Route 127 Path

3.2 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

South Barre Bike Path

1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

South Burlington Recreation Path

26 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Stowe Recreation Path

5.5 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Williston Village Bike Paths

7.9 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Concrete

Wright Park Trail

3.8 mi
State: VT
Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Airport Park Trail on Malletts Bay near Colchester traverses through Airport Park, making a loop around ball fields, a playground, tennis courts and open fields. Woodlands and nearby wetlands make...
VT 1.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Ammonoosuc Rail Trail carries its users for 19.2 miles along the scenic river that shares its name and is itself a destination for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The trail passes through a...
NH 19.2 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Arms Park Trails are a network of woodland paths in the park behind Burlington High School and the surrounding properties of Rock Point School and Vermont's Episcopal Diocese offices. Some of the...
VT 1.4 mi Dirt
The Battell Woods Trail is a network of loops through the forest preserve, between US 7/SR 125 at the south end and Seminary Street Extension on the north end. The eastern-most segment of the trail...
VT 5 mi Dirt, Gravel
In Woodsville the trail starts across from the Subway Restaurant across from the the Oceans Job Lot Store and next to the Woodsville Machine Shop and YES Yankee Electrical Supply up and down a short...
NH 5 mi Cinder, Gravel, Woodchips
Cambridge Greenway hugs the Lamoille River through the village of Jeffersonville in northern Vermont, about 30 miles northeast of Burlington. It is a four-season trail, popular with cross-country...
VT 1.4 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Colchester Bayside to Village Path runs for nearly 4 miles along the southeast tip of Malletts Bay near Colchester Village. The path links the Malletts Bay Campground on the west end with...
VT 3.8 mi Asphalt
The Cross Vermont Trail (CVT) is a statewide route that links a number of Vermont trails and includes on-road sections. As of January 2016, 87 miles of trail are built and scattered across the state....
VT 87.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Locals lovingly describe the Cross Vermont Trail as a patchwork quilt that will ultimately form a 90-mile trail from Lake Champlain in the west to the Connecticut River in the east. A component of the...
VT 22.9 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Essex Bike Paths comprise two segments on the northeast side of Essex Junction Village, forming a spiderweb of paved routes throughout neighborhoods and a shopping mall near the intersection of...
VT 4.7 mi Asphalt
Located in Burlington’s North End, 67-acre Ethan Allen Park has approximately 4 miles of woodland trails and smaller spurs, which create nested loops around the scenic park and offer views of the...
VT 4 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Franconia Brook Trail runs from just north of the confluence of the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and Franconia Branch. Note that bicycling is not permitted along the route. You can...
NH 7.2 mi Ballast
The Franconia Notch Recreation Path runs the length of the Franconia Notch State Park in the White Mountain National Forest. Commonly called the Recreation Path, the 8.7-mile trail visits most of the...
NH 8.7 mi Asphalt
The Intervale Trail in Burlington makes for a nice urban refuge from the city bustle. The trail traverses the bottomlands along the Winooski River through a farmland cooperative (the Intervale...
VT 2 mi Dirt
Update: As of September 2019, the Colchestor Causeway is closed for major repairs following damage from washouts. It will reopen in May 2020. Check the Colchester Parks & Recreation website for...
VT 13.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Though just under a mile, the Johnnie Brook Road Trail is an important link in the much-longer Cross Vermont Trail system, linking Richmond and Williston. To make that connection, you must use the...
VT 0.7 mi Gravel
The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) is a growing, year-round trail across northern Vermont that will one day stretch 93 miles between St. Johnsbury and Swanton. The trail passes through the spine of...
VT 34.2 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
If you find yourself exploring the town of Littleton, New Hampshire, do yourself a favor and hit the riverwalk. Though only half a mile long, the riverside walkway is beloved by tourists coming to see...
NH 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Marshall Avenue Bike Path provides a nice nonmotorized route for linking neighborhoods with shopping in the Burlington suburb of Williston. The trail runs between Maple Tree Place and S. Brownell...
VT 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Mascoma River Greenway is a planned 4-mile non-motorized pathway through the heart of Lebanon. The trail is envisioned to link West Lebanon to the Northern Rail Trail, which spans more than 50...
NH 2.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion
The Means Woods Trail is a segment of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) and runs between Seminary Street Extension into Means Woods and the Aurora School off Peterson Terrace, east of the downtown...
VT 0.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Millstone Hill West Bike Path connects the charming communities of Graniteville and Websterville in central Vermont. The trail is part of the Central Vermont Path, a proposed trail network to...
VT 2.4 mi Asphalt, Ballast
Saint Albans used to be called Rail City for all the train traffic it saw, but it could be known as Rail-Trail City now. The town sits at the front door of the Missisquoi Valley Rail-Trail, among the...
VT 26.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Montpelier Recreation Path, which follows the Winooski River in downtown Montpelier, is currently divided into two paved pathways: Winooski West and Winooski East on either side of the North...
VT 1.7 mi Asphalt
Niquette Bay State Park has a series of trails, most of which are open to foot traffic and cross-country skiers only. Bikes are allowed on the Allen Trail, which runs between the parking area and the...
VT 0.6 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Spanning 57.6 miles from Lebanon to Boscawen, the Northern Rail Trail is New Hampshire’s longest rail-trail conversion. Trail development began in 1996 after the state purchased the Boston and Maine...
NH 57.6 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Riverside Avenue Bike Path parallels Riverside Avenue (on the north side) between Winooski Avenue and Mill Street at Colchester Avenue bridge. The path provides an off-road route for those wanting...
VT 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Route 127 Path parallels State Route 127 between Ethan Allen Park and Manhattan Drive in Burlington's Old North End. The path links suburbs and parks, and passes by the Ethan Allen Homestead,...
VT 3.2 mi Asphalt
The South Barre Bike Path is a paved trail approximately 1 mile long, running from Bridge Street in south Barre to Fairview Street in Barre City. The path passes the Barre City Elementary and Middle...
VT 1 mi Asphalt
Residents in South Burlington formed a grassroots coalition in the late 1980s to create a safer way to travel within Burlington’s extensive system of parks, schools, and neighborhoods. In the early...
VT 26 mi Asphalt
The Stowe Recreation Path encapsulates the best parts of Vermont mountain life. During summer the vegetation is lush and green, and the nearby West Branch Little River keeps the trail cool and...
VT 5.5 mi Asphalt
Nature and history enthusiasts will delight in the Ti-Haul Trail and Shelburne Bay Park Rec Path, two short but scenic trails linked by a pleasant 104-acre park in Shelburne, Vermont. Forming an...
VT 2.5 mi Gravel
Many rail-trails start at a vintage depot, an old caboose, or a rusty locomotive acquired by the local historical society. The Warren to East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail, however, starts at the...
NH 10.8 mi Dirt
The Williston Village Bike Path links neighborhoods, schools, parks, shopping areas, and restaurants in the suburban town of Williston via a collection of connector trails. The eastern 1.2-mile...
VT 7.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Wright Park Trail forms a loop over nearly 4 miles (not all shown on the map) throughout the heavily wooded Wright Park. The White Circle Trail follows Otter Creek River, and along here you'll pass...
VT 3.8 mi Dirt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

Scenic easy trail - use a mountain bike

June, 2020 by nhpete

I live near this trail, and ride on it regularly. It is nearly flat, and has outstanding scenery and wildlife. Trail has some rough areas, which are easily overcome with even a light duty mtb. People riding narrow tired bikes will be unhappy. Trail is shared with ATV's which are mostly absent on weekdays.

In winter this is a well groomed snowmobile trail. Easy winter riding with properly equipped fat bike. Trail usually very hard and icy. Studded tires recommended. Light use by snowmobiles on weekdays.

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

A Favorite Trail!

May, 2020 by ngwright

I recently rode the eastern section, starting in St. Johnsbury, riding to Danville, then back to St. Johnsbury. This is definitely the direction to go! It is gradually uphill, at railroad grade, for the 13 miles to Danville. You then have an easy 13 mile ride back, coasting or barely pedaling all the way! Most of the trail was shaded before noon. It is one of the best maintained trails I have been on, and I have ridden dozens of them throughout the U.S. There are several cuts through rocks where the temperature drops, welcome on a summer day! Crossing Peacham Road, there is a beautiful view of the mountains to the east. Even though I live an hour and a half away, I will definitely return to ride this trail again!

Mascoma River Greenway

Mascoma River Rail Trail

May, 2020 by jnich8888

Great 2.5 mile paved trail. Easy to get to from the end of the NRT. Its all downhill from Lebanon center trail head, but the grade is not too steep, and biking back wasn't too hard, just a bit slower than going out. The trail is new and in great shape. Very scenic. Handy ice cream stand visible from trail head. We biked it on Sunday Memorial Day weekend, then did a portion of the NRT.

Accordion

Arms Park Trail

Beautiful little trail

May, 2020 by ikdotter

These are small, meandering dirt trails that can be best accessed off the bike path. There is no sign to indicate where the trail starts. After Killarney Drive, heading south towards Burlington on the path, just before the small bridge, the path is on the left up a very short incline, then veers to the right or you can go straight. In the spring, there are a multitude of wildflowers. It's a nice alternative to the bike path, which can get crowded in warm weather.

Blackmount Rail Trail

Nice in places. View into North Haverhill is beautiful .

May, 2020 by jean.hallwheeler32_tl

Nice in places. View into North Haverhill is beautiful .

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

Surprisinsly peaceful and scenic.

May, 2020 by jean.hallwheeler32_tl

Surprisinsly peaceful and scenic.

Northern Rail Trail

Boscawen to Highland Lake

May, 2020 by kevin.keohan

Rode north from Boscawen to Highland Lake about 15 miles. Trail is in excellent shape. Very slight grade riding north such that you can hardly notice it. Ride south was faster as it was essentially downhill. Great day

Stowe Recreation Path

early spring riding

March, 2020 by pollard3

I looked forward to taking a spin up this trail on my new Roscoe Trek. The first two miles (starting in town) were snow packed and groomed for Nordic skiing. Even so, the trail was a lot of fun. Being a sunny day, a lot of folks were out biking, cross country skiing and walking - but not so many to slow you down.

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail

No longer suitable for biking

November, 2019 by vtstream

My wife and I rode this trail a few years ago on touring bicycles and really enjoyed it. We returned recently and were unable to use the trail due to atv’s and four wheelers chewing up the surface to the point that it was impossible to ride. Let’s hope NH doesn’t decide to ruin the other rail trails in the state. Really a shame

Stowe Recreation Path

Stowe Rec Path

September, 2019 by paulbroderick41

My wife and I drove up from NYC On Fri morning to ride this trail. Parking was easy in a public lot on Weeks Hill Rd off Mountain Rd. The Path crosses Weeks Hill Rd and we road from there towards the mountain. You cross the road once and several bridges over a river. We were lucky it was a Friday and the trail was empty. There are a few spots where the path is narrow so if it were crowded it could be an issue. Heading towards the mountain it is a slight uphill so when you come back there are places were you Chan coast for a while if you wish.

Island Line Rail Trail

Great trail - cause way section closure

September, 2019 by tn1637

We had a great ride on most of the trail today. A heads up to all that the causeway section is closed for repairs until May of 2020. Work is currently being performed around Las Island at mile 10 on the trail. We look forward to riding the entire trail when we pass through Vermont again in 2020.

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Great trail, very scenic

August, 2019 by Ratbas

Probably my favorite non-paved trail. The eastern section has a steady climb going all the way through, nothing hideous but you definitely maintain awareness of it. Also even by rail trail standards it does to feel a bit too straight and green-tunnelish.

The western section is far more scenic with a better variety of climbs and drops. Looking forward to watching the development of this trail. Don't pay too much attention to Google Maps as I think it's a bit behind on what's currently complete.

I'll agree with other reviewers who feel that there are minimal amenities on the trail itself, but there are a few options for places to eat and other points of interest not too far off of it. One of my favorites are the painted silos in Jeffersonville (you can also find a convenience store nearby if you need one).

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