Recreation Paths and Rail Trails

Explore Towns, Waterfronts and Countryside

Vermont's 18 rail trails and public paths are great low-impact ways to explore downtowns, scenic views and Vermont's waterfronts. In total, the Green Mountains are home to 130 miles of rail trails, from larger trail networks like Millstone Trail Network, including accessible trails for all ability levels, like Baldwin Trail at Mount Independence, a Vermont State Historic Site. 

The whole family can enjoy the paths at any pace, from a leisurely stroll to cycling at a clip, and there's something for everyone to see and do along the way, like cafes, local businesses and public parks. Stop to enjoy craft beer, an energizing snack or simply to admire the view along the many routes that cross the state. Burlington's Waterfront Park is loved by visitors and Vermonters alike and the striking waterfront views from the Colchester Causeway will not be soon forgotten.

Local Motion trail finder.

Find Your Next Hike

TrailFinder's resources will inspire you for your next hike and point you to important information like closures, difficulty level and nearby services.

Green Mountain Club - hiking sunset ridge, mansfield


Do your part to protect Vermont’s special places — from rare alpine tundra to fragile pond shorelines — by being a responsible hiker. Plan ahead and brush up on the basics like what to bring, where to camp, and what to do when you need to use the bathroom.

Hiking Camels Hump


Vermont is home to the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the U.S., running the spine of Vermont's Green Mountains. Whether you take the trail in chunks or hike all 272 miles, the Long Trail offers beautiful views and a chance to get to know Vermont's mountains.

Stowe Recreation Path

Stowe Recreation Path

Stowe's paved recreation path takes cyclists or walkers on a 5.3-mile tour of Stowe's scenic views and Mountain Road district, offering the opportunity to stop, sample local cuisine and take in the beauty of the Green Mountains.

Recreation Paths around Vermont

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

New England's longest rail trail spans 93 miles of Vermont, allowing unparalleled opportunity to explore on two wheels, horseback, skis or on foot. Find a favorite section or plan to explore the whole path; adventure awaits.

Paths and rail trails in Vermont


Find maps, resources and news on efforts to turn railroads into public trails in Vermont from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Mountain Biking in Vermont in the Fall


Kingdom Trails is a must-visit destination all year long. With miles of maintained trails, it's the perfect spot to take in the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom, on two wheels, two skis or on foot.

Snowmobilers riding on VAST trails.

VAST Trail Map

View the full trail map for a quick and easy way to plan out your next snowmobile trip.

Greg Maino / Catamount Trail Association. http://catamounttrail.org/


Calling all adventure seekers: The Catamount Trail is a cross-country skiing trail that runs the entire length of the state.