Cross Vermont Trail


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Cross Vermont Trail Facts

States: Vermont
Counties: Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Washington
Length: 87.4 miles
Trail end points: Lake Champlain (Burlington) and Connecticut River (Village of Wells River)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017302

Cross Vermont Trail Description

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. Each of these trails are listed below and can be found on

Dozens of miles of on-road routes link the disconnected trails. The aim of the CVT Association is to eventually build new trails to replace these on-road routes, making the Cross Vermont Trail entirely off road. The CVT Association invites interested volunteers to help build new trail sections. In particular, they hope to build two bridges atop old railroad abutments, which will open up several miles of new trail.

For a map of the entire route, or by segment including road links, visit the Cross Vermont Trail Association online. To explore current trails that are part of the Cross Vermont Trail, visit the following trails:

Island Line Rail Trail

Johnnie Brook Road Trail

Loop Path (Waterbury)

Marshall Avenue Bike Path

Montpelier Recreation Path

Montpelier & Wells River Rail Trail

South Burlington Rec Paths

Williston Village Bike Paths

Parking and Trail Access

Cross Vermont Trail Reviews

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The completed sections of this trail are on the Montpelier to Wells River Trail site and see the reviews there. Hybrid bike works fine. Youker

For mountain bikes only

We started in Wells River and worked our way west.

The trail is only appropriate for mountain bikes. Tree roots are poking up all over the place, grass is high in many areas. There are also numerous sections of the "trail" on the roadway. At least one section on the road in Marshfield is extremely steep and narrow.

This trail needs a LOT of work for anyone but mountain bikers. Avoid at all costs.

Stillwater section

A mountain bike is needed for this area. Large rocks stick out along the trail. Slow grade as you go north. A nice trail. Use lav facilities along the route at state camp sites.

Cross Vermont Rail from Ryegate (Mills Memorial Ballfield) to Lake Groton

A good rail trail ride but on somewhat rough surface. The southernmost section starting at Fish & Wildlife Parking looked too rough so we started at the Mills Memorial Ballfield in Ryegate. Mildly uphill all the way with a pleasant easy desecent when we turned around.

As the trail website says, its not well marked and you need to print out the site's useful maps. We rode hybrids with no trouble. Not suitable for road bikes. The surface is a somewhat rough dirt road with occasional nice views of the Wells River. New ice cream stand in Groton.

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