For mountain bikers, finding the right trail suiting your wants and needs is as elusive as a lynx. Luckily when you come to Vermont there are plenty of options to fulfill even the most avid thrill seeker. From north to south there are plenty of machine and man made tracks dotting the landscape, each with their own unique challenges.
Jester; Burke Mountain
Among the newest trails in the Vermont bike trail network, the Jester trails is the place to be for honing downhill maneuvering. The machine-built track can be considered a solid substitute for snowboarders missing their powder. That’s because it’s the place you go when you want to catch some serious air. Complete with serpentine berms and smoothly-sloping tabletops, Jester is a daredevil’s dream.
Harrington Ridge; Barre
Looking for a more relaxing and scenic ride through the woods? Well you can get plenty of it at Harrington Ridge. An extensive 50 miles of trails, Harrington Ridge tracks roll over wooden bridges and smooth, winding tracks along a spine of white granite. The almost relaxing cutback winds throughout such isolated, lush, mossy forest the surroundings are other-worldly.
Pine Hill Park; Rutland
Pine Hill loop offers a 16-mile network, winding over a vast expanse of bridges. Probably the most famous trail in the state, the Pine Hill network is composed of nine trails and seven bridges, the highest of which is a 110-foot suspension bridge. Other signature structures include a Chinese timber arch bridge, and an 87-foot triple-bank corner-centrifuge bridge.
Sleepy Hollow; Hinesburg
And for our intermediate bikers, or those who don’t want to commit an entire day to their run, there’s the trails at Sleepy Hollow. A short network of 13 miles of trails, the Sleepy Hollow trails are more than just a one-trick pony. Once you have warmed up on the more intermediate tracks, you can experience the park’s more technical routes, loaded with roots and obstacles, twists and turns.