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.Burlington's Waterfront Park is loved by visitors and Vermonters alike, along with the Stowe Recreation Path, the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, the Cross Vermont Trail and the striking waterfront views on the Colchester Causeway, among other stops. 

Learn more about Vermont's efforts to turn railroads into public trails.
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 guides


Vermont is notorious for its spotty cell phone reception, so make sure you have what you need to explore safely.

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.

Mountain Biking during Summer in Vermont


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.


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