Vermont Rail Trails

Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail

Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail

Discover hidden gems in this two-section rail trail.

two cyclists on the delaware & hudson rail trail in rupert, vermont.
small brook along delaware & hudson rail trail in West Pawlet, vermont
Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail
A person biking on the Vermont Rail Trails

Ramble through Southern Vermont

The Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail is a 19.8-mile section of former railroad in western Rutland and Bennington counties. The trail is in two sections: one between Castleton and Poultney, the other between West Pawlet and Rupert. The two Vermont sections are separated by a portion of trail in New York. The DHRT is a four-season, multi-purpose recreation and transportation corridor for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dogsledding, and snowmobiling.

The D&H Rail Trail travels through scenic countryside with views of the nearby hills, villages, farms, fields, and forests. It also bisects the villages of Poultney and West Pawlet. There are opportunities along the route to picnic, fish, and stop at a store for refreshments.

The D&H Rail Trail is a multiple-use trail open to pedestrians, bicyclists, and horseback riders in the summer, and snowshoers, skiers and snowmobiles in the winter. The northern section has trailheads at both ends. Trail access is available at Castleton State College, along Main Street in Castleton, and in Poultney village adjacent to the old train station on Depot Street. Trail access for the southern section is available in West Pawlet village on Egg Street and the south at the intersection of Route 153 and Hebron Road.

Trail Facts
Length:19.8 miles
Surface:Gravel, Dirt
Seasons:4 - all
Towns:4
Difficulty:Easy
Elevation:≤3%

    Trail Map

    See the full DHRT

    Wander through southern Vermont with this two part trail, as it weaves through New York and then back into Vermont, from Castleton to Poultney to West Pawlet.

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    Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail Poultney trailhead parking lot.

    Regional Parking Information

    Where do I park?

    The northern section has trailheads at both ends. Trail access for the northern end is available at Castleton State College or along Main Street in Castleton. Public parking at the south end can be found in Poultney Village adjacent to the old train station on Depot Street and on nearby streets. Trail access for the southern section is available in West Pawlet village on Egg Street and to the south at the intersection of Route 153 and Hebron Road. The D & H Trail crosses state and local highways in many places, but most intersections do not provide adequate room for safe parking or sight lines at road crossings. Users should access the trail only at designated trailheads.

    What is it?

    Quick questions about the DHRT

    The trail has a wide, level, and stable base. There are 17 wooden-decked bridges of various length. The trail is split into two sections, where it dips into New York State and back into Vermont.

    Additional Maps

    Regional Routes along DHRT

    Use our maps to guide you through the sections of DHRT in Southern Vermont, and it winds into New York and back.

    Regional Trails – Slate Valley Trails maintains more than 50 miles of free, public bicycle and foot trails in Poultney, Castleton and Wells.

    All Maps

    DHRT North - Castleton to Poultney

    DHRT South - Pawlet to Rupert

    The Missing Link

    A quick study of the maps of the D&H Rail Trail posted on any of the Vermont D&H kiosks shows a missing section in New York – the maintained Vermont trail ends two miles south of Poultney and then begins again in West Pawlet, 14 miles to the south. The trail does continue north from West Pawlet through Granville and Middle Granville, but this section is not shown on Vermont maps.  There is a route option on quiet roads and the relatively new six-mile section in New York to connect the Poultney and West Pawlet sections of the trail. 

    Want more details on “the missing link”?   

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    Missing Link Directions

    The Missing Link on “Ride with GPS”

    Vermont-New York border in West Pawlet, Vermont near Granville, New York on the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail and Slate Valley Trail system.

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