Central VT

Plymouth Trails Day - Cookout and Group Rides

Date

9/23/17 12:30pm to 3:00pm

PLYMOUTH – On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Pemi-Valley chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, in conjunction with Plymouth’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting a Plymouth Trails Day off Langdon Street at the Fox Park Pavilion.

In celebration of this latest recreational opportunity for the community, the organization will be hosting Plymouth Trails Day, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23 at Fox Park. A barbecue, with free food provided, will be held from 12:30 until 1 p.m. when the public is then invited to join them on guided group rides along the new Gyro Trail System. Both children and adults are invited to bring their bikes along that day so they can discover more about these great new trail-riding opportunities surrounding downtown Plymouth area.
To learn more about PV-NEMBA, please visit www.nemba.org where a list of their trails, upcoming events, and details on how to volunteer for their next trail building projects can be found.
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Location

19 Prince Haven Rd. Plymouth New Hampshire 03264

Chapter

Pemi Valley

Central VT

Killington Bike Park

4763 Killington Rd
Killington  Vermont  05751
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Killington Mountain Bike Park is a commercial all season's resort. (Skiing in the winter)

Over the last few years the park has expanded its trail system beyond just downhill trails and now offers riding experiences for all levels of ability and desires. As of 6/1/17 there were 35 trails totaling 25 miles with more on the way.

It's a great location not too far from both the Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and Pine Hill Park in Rutland. 

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Central VT

Millstone Trails

277 Websterville Rd
Barre  Vermont  05641
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

45%

Description

The Millstone Trail network consists of over 60 miles of trails. These trails are unique in that they focus on the granite quarry industry.

A good overview of the trails is located on the Millstone website. The trails range from easy famiy friendly singletracks to the extremes of Angry Gnome, the Vortex Trail or the Screaming Demon.

There are three parking areas, 277 Websterville Rd, Barre VT, 44 Brook ST, Barre VT and 111 Barclay Quarry Rd., Graniteville, VT.

Day passes can be purchased on line or at many local stores for $10.

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Sunday Afternoon Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Fri Apr 03 2015 .
12/7/14 1:00pm to 4:00pm
We will be holding Sunday afternoon rides in and around the Keene/Brattleboro area.  Locations will vary - watch Facebook and Google Groups.  Fat/skinny tires welcome, as conditions allow.  Casual winter pace.

Location

various

Chapter

State

New Hampshire
Vermont

Ride Level

Novice
Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Michael Davern
603-359-7474

Central VT

Pine Hill Park

2 Oak Street Extension
Rutland  Vermont  05701
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

A number of my friends told me that I had to check out Pine Hill Park in Rutland VT. I live in Southeastern Massachusetts, way down in Southeastern Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. So taking a four and a half hour ride to Rutland Vermont is not something that I undertake lightly.

Well, it was worth it! Pine Hill Park has one of the best purpose built trail systems that I’ve ever seen. To say the trails are fun is totally inadequate. To say that they’re well maintained doesn’t even come close. To say that the walled berms on the downhills flow into each other doesn’t compare to actually experiencing them. You have to go there yourself.
                       
On the way into the park you’re welcomed by a friendly “bicycle” sign pointing to the trails. A large signboard at the trailhead has a map of the trails and current information. You’d do best to print out a copy of the map. Intersections come quick and fast and without a map, or a guide, you’ll miss out on many of the best trails.

Pine Hill Park is 300 acres with 16 miles of trails. Owned by the City of Rutland Vermont and managed by the Rutland Recreation Department and the Pine Hill Partnership it’s a co-operative effort by the community, citizens, schools and agencies to create the best possible trail system for everyone to use.

Volunteers have contributed tens of thousands of man, woman and child hours not to mention many thousands of dollars in materials and supplies to build one of the most unique trail networks in the country. Certainly one of, if not the, best trail system entirely within municipal limits.

Spend a few minutes on the Pine Hill Park website and you’ll see what I mean.  Be sure to check out the bridges. They are unlike anything that I, or you, have ever seen out in the woods. The videos will give you an idea of what riding the trails is like.

Riding Pine Hill Park means parking at the Giorgetti Athletic Complex on the west side of town and climbing a hill. Actually, depending on the route that you choose, maybe many hills. When exploring a new area I like to, as much as possible, circumnavigate it, and then fill in the middle. This worked perfectly for me at Pine Hill Park. After some awesome singletrack and some pleasant uphill dirt roads I found myself on the upper portion of ‘Pine Hill’. The singletrack trails here meander around without too much elevation gain or loss for a very long time. On my way back to the start I managed, with a few uphill repeats, to ride all of those fast flowing bermed downhills.
                                                   
A day well spent! And though I live half a day away, the first of many visits to come.

Take a close look at the map and plan your own route. You won’t be disappointed at Pine Hill Park and while you’re out on the trails you’ll marvel at how well built they are. Pay close attention to what they did and how they did it. Then bring that knowledge back to your home trails.
                        
My favorite cross country trails included 999 to Overlook to Stegosaurus to Strong Angel, but really I enjoyed everything. There was not one trail here that I wouldn’t gladly ride again.

My biggest grins came when I combined the downhills Halfpipe and Exit Strategy. A combination I enjoyed so much I did it three times. (I would have done it again if rain hadn’t driven me off the trails.)

I could rave on and on but you won’t believe me until you experience this place yourself. Put Pine Hill Park on your personal bucket list!

Looking for a longer ride? Check out the map for the Carriage Trail. It runs right through Pine Hill Park and can add another 5 miles of somewhat challenging trails to your ride.

Accommodations: Rutland is a thriving metropolis, there are almost too many motels to count and food and drink options are endless.

Nearby: Did I mention that Rutland is only 20 minutes away from Pittsfield Vermont, home of the great Green Mountain Trail system? Why not come for a weekend?  http://www.gmtrails.org/

Bill Boles

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Central VT

Green Mountain Trails

3178 Vermont 100
Pittsfield  Vermont  05762
United States

802-746-8061

This address is for the trail head at Riverside Farm

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

When Joe Desena (Spartan Race founder? Yes, *that* Joe Desena.) decided to build a mountain bike network on the mountain behind his bucolic farm in Pittsfield,VT, it was against the advice of nearly everyone. The trailbuilder at the time, Jason Hayden, recalls taking "experts" to scout the area and coming back full of doubt. So, in their typical take no prisoners style, they built it anyway. Back in 2006, Hayden would race ahead of a mini ex operator, himself past retirement age, marking trail as fast as it could be cut. A hundred switchbacks and twenty miles later,  Green Mountain Trails emerged almost overnight. 

Hayden, beset by obligations, delegated the trail work to Matt Baatz, a long time mountain biker without much building experience, who showed up at the farm in pursuit of a simpler lifestyle. He has spent the last five years fine tuning flow and sustainability while retrofitting the system with a few gnarlier options. One of the first signs that they had something special in the works is when the popular blog MTBVT paid a visit in 2011 and deemed the trails, "a field of dreams for mountain bikers" and "the best kept secret in Vermont."

The Green Mountain Trails have riding options for all abilities, passing by mountain streams and overlooks, with a beguiling panorama of The Green Mountains and pastoral valley at the summit that you won't want to miss.

There are a thousand feet of climbing and descending. Though a majority of the trails are relatively smooth and flowy, there are several miles of rooty, rocky, technical singletrack. Over 100 bermed switchbacks make the long descents a blast for mountain bikers. Most of the uphills are gradual and forgiving on the quads, but challenging uphills are also an option. Depending on your route, descents can linger for as long as six miles. The entire trail system is free to the public.

Some of the system highlights are Noodle's Revenge, an uber flowy,  multi directional singletrack with long switchbacks, Warman, a 20 berm corkscrew, and Fusters a perfect balance between old school gnar and new school flowiness. Day trippers most often have a blast following the GMT Loop encompassing Noodles Revenge, Luvin It, The Summit, Labyrinth, Warman, Fusters and The Escalator. Check out www.gmtrails.org for details.

New trails balance the abundance of easier flow with old school gnar. Devil's Throat forges it's way over steep rocks and narrow ledges to sate the skilled and intrepid. Bubba Trail is also full of natural, old school, features, but is less fear inducing. Within the confines of 700 acres, the system will probably max out at around 30 miles, but trail development in the adjacent communities of Rochester and Killington means that the potential for this region remains unfathomable.

For gravity assisted rides, shuttle runs are also an option with parking available at the top of  Tweed River Drive and at Riverside Farm or Amee Farm. The latter involves fording a low river which may not be passable after storms or in Spring. Weddings are a regular occurence at Riverside Farm and may effectively restrict that trailhead on Saturdays.

Pittsfield is an up and coming destination in itself. A enchanting mix of wilderness and farmland, the town is anchored by rustic bed and breakfasts, inns and a historic general store with creative and hearty fare as well as craft beer and wines. The trails host beautifully appointed canvas tents (similar to yurts) nestled in the forest. More primitive camping options exist close to town.

Parking is a available at Sweet Georgia Ps at Amee Farm on route 100 (Barn Dance trailhead), though the bridge is out a little way up the trail, next to the white barn at Riverside Farm on Tweed River Drive (Noodles Revenge trailhead), or at the end of Tweed River Drive (Green Trail trailhead) mid mountain. In the case of a wedding or other event, alternative parking is available at Bikram Yoga Pittsfield or the village green. Find trail conditions and more info at www.gmtrails.org, and on their Facebook page.

Maps:  Maps are available at the Original General Store in Pittsfield Center. More information, and an interractive map is located on thier website.  http://www.gmtrails.org/

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Local Eats

Original General Store