Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Slate Valley Trails

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A mixture of professionally hand built and machine built trails (mostly singletrack) in Poultney, VT that are open to non-motorized use, including mountain biking.
Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing
32.60 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Poultney (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Grass/Meadow, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


These beautiful trails are entirely on private property and are open to the public through the landowner's generosity and their partnership with Slate Valley Trails. The majority of the trails between the Endless Brook, Country Club, and Fairgrounds trailheads are singletrack, with some doubletrack. There are multiple views of Lake Saint Catherine and other area peaks from the viewpoints.

These trails are open to any non-motorized use including hiking, running, mountain biking, nordic skiing and snowshoeing. No horseback riding or motorized use. 

Please do not use the trails during the freeze/thaw cycle, as trails are fragile at this time. Please avoid trampling vegetation at the view points, and keep your impact low. Be aware of other trail users as you enjoy these trails. 

The Endless Brook and Fairgrounds trailhead parking has a seasonal porta-potty, but no other facilities.

Slate Valley Trails also stewards other great trails in Poultney and Wells; use the Find Trails map to discover even more Slate Valley trails!.

Other Information

Trail Network Guidelines:

  • Welcome sunrise to sunset
  • Share the trails... bikers yield to hikers
  • Practice Leave No Trace ethics
  • Stay on marked trails
  • No motorized vehicles or horses
  • No camping or fires
  • Cell phones may NOT have service at the trailhead, or on parts of the trail network! Familiarize yourself with the map, have a map with you, and/or have the map available offline in your mobile GPS App.
  • Respect private property

Deer hunting is allowed on this property. Please follow these recommendations during hunting season:

The following trails are closed during rifle and muzzleloader season:  

  • Cliffhanger
  • Freefall
  • Loop-the-Loop
  • Midway
  • To Morse Hollow

For your own safety and out of respect for hunters - please abide by trail closures.

Trail Manager

Slate Valley Trails (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015.  SVT is a registered non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA).  

The SVT mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont.
Our goals are to: 
1) Build community among local individuals, organizations and businesses.
2) Support the local economy by promoting the region as a place to visit, with improved access to trails.
3) Encourage the positive health benefits of being active outdoors.  

Volunteers and new members are welcome!  Become a member or sign up for our emails

Slate Valley Trails
P.O Box 242
Poultney, VT 05764
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Make a Plan B before you head out the door. If the parking lot is full when you arrive at the trailhead, go to your second destination.

Trailhead Information

Parking is available on the Endless Brook side of the network on the Endless Brook Road across from the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve (limited parking) and at a larger lot at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club. To access the Fairgrounds side of the network, head east on VT-140 from downtown Poultney for 3.8 miles. Take a slight left onto Town Farm Road. The parking area will be on the right after 0.1 miles.

Please note:

  • Do not park along the road, highway, or block driveways. This means do NOT park on Endless Brook Road or Dayton Hill road.
  • Save parking at the Deane Preserve for hikers using that property.
  • There is a small fee for parking at Lake St. Catherine State Park in season.
  • Drive slowly on Endless Brook Road. 
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