Montpelier & Wells River Rail Trail: Groton - Marshfield

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Trail on a former railbed connects Groton State Forest with village centers of Marshfield, Groton, and South Ryegate.
Trail Activity
Walking Bicycling Horseback riding
19.0 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate
Groton (VT), Marshfield (VT), Peacham (VT), Ryegate (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Road, Paved
Permitted on leash
Other Activities
Snowmobiling Atv riding


The Montpelier - Wells River Rail Trail in Groton and Marshfield forms a long, peaceful bike ride or walk connecting the parks, campgrounds, and natural areas of Groton State Forest and Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area together with quiet rural villages of Marshfield, Groton, and South Ryegate.

There is currently a half-mile of old railbed that cannot be used as a trail (a bridge is out). The bypass of this section requires travel on state highway Route 302 - use caution here. We are working to build a new bridge and open a continuous route on the bed.

In summer, the railbed is open to motor vehicles, including cars, in some sections, and in others it is non-motorized.

In winter, it is maintained as a groomed trail by local snowmobile clubs, and the entire route is open to motorized use.

Trail Manager

Visit Cross Vermont Trail Association online for more information or contact:

Cross Vermont Trail
29 Main St Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 498-0079
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VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.

Trailhead Information

Numerous trailheads and parking areas along the trail, see map.

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