D&H Rail Trail - Southern Section

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Recreating on the D&H Rail Trail provides a very scenic and enjoyable experience, as the trail winds its way along a relatively gentle grade in southwestern Vermont.
Trail Activity
Walking Bicycling Snowshoeing Horseback riding Snowmobiling Ungroomed cross-country skiing
10.8 miles, One Way
Pawlet (VT), Rupert (VT)
Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Snow, Ungroomed
Permitted on leash


The D&H Rail Trail encompasses two sections of the former Delaware and Hudson Railroad that are in Vermont. These two sections are separate by a space of several miles where the old rail line crossed back into New York and then back again through Vermont.

The D&H Rail Trail is a multiple-use trail open to pedestrians, bicyclists and horseback riders in the summer and snowshoers, skiers and snowmobilers during the winter. The trail includes 17 wooden-decked bridges with 5-foot railings. The trail tread consists of the original cinder rail bed ballast and stone.

A PDF map and guide to the D&H Rail Trail is available on the VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation website.

Trail Manager

For more information on the park and the trails, visits Vermont State Parks online, or contact Rick Hedding at (802) 786-3854 or rick.hedding@vermont.gov

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 2: Rutland District
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
Phone: (802) 777-7480
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VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 2: Rutland Region
271 North Main Street, Suite 215
Rutland, VT 05701-2423
Phone: (802) 786-0060
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.

Trailhead Information

Trail access for the southern section of the D&H Rail Trail is available in West Pawlet Village on Egg Street and farther south at the intersection of VT-153 and Hebron Road.

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