Interested in a quick ride? A full day? A few days? Opportunities are endless on Vermont’s Rail Trails. Whether you’re out solo, with family, or friends, before hitting the trail, it is important to consult the Trail Updates page to learn about the latest trail conditions, construction projects, and regular maintenance activities throughout the year.
Going the Distance
For those staying on the trails, refer to the mile markers to determine the distance from point A to B on your trip.
For those that want to venture off the trail, use the “Get Directions” link(s) to Google Maps with the travel mode set to “Cycling”.
Want to know more about shuttle services? Where to stay? Where to eat? You’ll find all these details on the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing’s (VDTM) website.
Interested in a special event close by or on the trail? Check out the VDTM’s Event’s Calendar.
Rail Trail User Safety 101
- You are responsible for yourself so be prepared!
- Your trip on the rail trail begins before you reach the trail. Tell someone where you are going, your route, and when you will return.
- Check the weather and plan your essential gear (i.e. clothing, equipment, water, food, light, and first aid) based on the forecast and the distance you plan to go.
- Check your cell coverage on your planned route. Most of the Vermont Rail Trails have excellent cell coverage, but some areas do not.
- On the trail with a group? Stick together! When you start as a group, end as a group. Pace your group to speed of the slowest user.
- Observe your surroundings! Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather, and equipment failure could leave you stranded.
- Be prepared to turn back. Weather can change quickly. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your time on the trial. Know your limitations and when to postpone. The trail will be there another day.
- Calling for assistance. If you become stranded and cannot walk or ride back out yourself, call for assistance. If you don’t have cell coverage, ask another trail user to help you make a call. Make sure you know your location details (i.e. mile markers or last road crossing). Stay comfortable and hydrated while you wait. Make sure you are in a visible location. If calling for assistance you should:
- Provide the trail user’s name, home address, current location, and call back phone number. You should also include the trail user’s age, gender, size, a description of clothing they are wearing, and gear/equipment.
- Note any pertinent medical information.
- Explain what happened, when it happened, and where it happened. Also include where the person’s vehicle is located as well as a full description of it (make, model, year, license plate).
- A description of their last know locations weather, conditions, and trail information.
Adopted from the Hike Safe Green Mountains VT Program
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