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Ascutney Trails

A large network of mountain biking and hiking trails on the western flank of Mt. Ascutney
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Mountain biking
Length
33.20 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Towns
West Windsor (VT), Windsor (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The mountain biking and hiking trails at Ascutney Trails offer over 30 miles of hand-built trails for all riders, from beginners to experts. Beginners should start from the Ascutney Outdoor Center while intermediate and advanced riders can choose either. The two trailheads can be connected through a long ride that traverses the mountainside. '

The trails offer a variety diverse and challenging terrain including rock gardens and bridges as well as flowy, bermed downhills. Check the Ascutney Trails website for recommendations on loops depending on your skill level. 

All of the trails are open to hiking and running. The Ascutney Outdoors Trail is open to pedestrian use only above the intersection with the Norcross Trail. The Discovery Trail, an interpretive walking route featuring panels with information on the cultural and natural history of the area starts and ends at the Ascutney Outdoors Center. It follows parts of Lou's Loop, Last Mile and Wind Up.

Ascutney Trails connects to Mt. Ascutney State Park and the Weathersfield Town Forest offering a vast array of recreation opportunities on the flanks of Mt. Ascutney. Visit the trail pages for each trail system for more details or go to the trail map tab and click "Show" next to the Connector Trails to see how the trails connect. 

Other Information

Detailed maps are available for sale at the Brownsville Butcher and Pantry, located in the center of Brownsville.

Please note that dogs are allowed on the trail system. If you bring your dog, please:

  1. Keep your dog on a leash at all trailheads and parking areas.

  2. Be aware of the impact on others by having your dog on the trail. We want everyone to have a great trail experience.

  3. Always maintain control of your dog and keep it within sight.  Do not allow it to chase or disturb other animals or wildlife.

  4. Bring along a poop bag, scoop your poop, and pack the bag out with you... Do not leave on the side of the trail.

As of 2021, Class 1 e-bikes are allowed on the trail system. 

 

Trail Manager

Ascutney Trails are managed by the non-profit Ascutney Trails Association. To learn more, join Ascutney trails or donate to support the trail system, please visit the Ascutney Trails Association website or contact:

Ascutney Trails Association

Ascutney Trails Association
PO Box 246
Brownsville, VT 05037
Info@ascutneytrails.com
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
If you have to step off the trail, step onto a rock or soil. Avoid stepping on fragile vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

The trails on the north side of Mt. Ascutney can be accessed by two trailheads.

Ascutney Outdoor Center: From Interstate 91, head west on VT-44. After the official Mt. Ascutney State Park, turn left on Ski Tow Road. Follow the road to the Ascutney Outdoors Center where you can park in the lot.

Town Forest Trailhead: Continue west on VT-44. Turn left on Coaching Lane and follow to the end where there is a small parking lot for the Windsor Town Forest.

 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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