Best forest hiking and biking trails near Barre VT
In our not so humble estimation, Vermont has the best fall appearance not just in New England, but arguably throughout all of America. Once the weather begins to get crispier and the leaves begin to change color, you just can’t beat the view that the Vermont countryside provides, especially here in the Montpelier-Barre area. If you’re looking to get that much closer to nature in the next couple months, come check out the best forest hiking and biking trails near Barre VT!
Hiking and Biking Trails in Barre VT
In our area, you’re never far from a trip through the forest, and we can’t recommend Millstone Hill strongly enough if this is what you want to do. It’s a 2 mile-long pathway that connects Graniteville and Westerville; along the way, you’ll get to see a 600-foot-deep granite quarry, cross a 54-foot historic bridge, and much more!
If you need to stretch out a little bit while taking in the sights of our hometown, head for the South Barre Bike Path, a 1 mile paved stretch that runs from Bridge Street to Fairview Street. Look out in the future, as it will become a part of the Central Vermont Path, linking Barre with Graniteville and Montpelier, among others.
Hiking and Biking Trails in Montpelier VT
Winooski Path is a 1.7-mile long stretch of asphalt that snakes throughout downtown Montpelier, complete with views of our capital’s historic buildings and the foliage that surrounds it. There are also plenty of areas for picnics, and also makes for a great off-road route for your kids going to school!
In the future, the goal of the Cross Vermont Trail is to connect Lake Champlain with the Connecticut River, but for now, we’re fortunate to have a 22.1 mile stretch of path right by East Montpelier. Whether you hike or bike, you’ll get views of Groton State Forest and three separate parks!
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