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Howe Block - Camel's Hump State Forest

These trails are the heart of the Mad River Riders network, with great hiking and biking routes for intermediate to expert visitors.
Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
17.20 miles, Network
Moderate, Advanced
Fayston (VT), Waitsfield (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash


The trails in this area form the heart of the Mad River Riders’ network, perfect for a mountain bike ride, trail run, or walk in the woods. Enchanted Forest lives up to the beauty of its name. Evolution is smooth and flowy; Cyclone and Clinic are rocky and challenging. Check out GS for smooth twists and turns and Busternut for a rougher and rootier ride. Drop down one and climb back up the other.

For specific trail descriptions, go to the Mad River Riders or check Trailforks.

Other Information

Mad River Riders Trail Rules

  • Always ride, ski, run and walk in control. Bikers yield to all pedestrian users. Skiers yield to hikers and snowshoers. Climbing traffic has the right of way. Please stop in a safe visible spot off the trail.
  • Stay off trails when the ground is soft, especially in winter and spring. Avoid leaving deep footprints and ruts. Help with maintenance. Build or change only with permission and planning with the Riders' trail crew.
  • Respect landowners, neighbors, and other visitors. Trail use is dependent on positive landowner relationships and respectful sharing.
  • Park in legal areas. 
  • Due to livestock, food production, user safety and water/habitat quality concerns, please keep pets leashed under control at all times and clean up after them. 
  • Leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out. No camping or fires, unless otherwise permitted by the landowner. 
  • Remember to share gracefully, smile widely and appreciate often.


 This trail is part of the Mad River Valley Trails Collaborative.

The Collaborative is a watershed-wide network of lands and trails created through a partnership of local organizations, generous property owners, towns, the State of Vermont, the US Forest Service, and many volunteers. These trails reflect the Mad River Valley’s love of the outdoors and commitment to stewardship of land and recreational opportunities for current and future generations. Enjoy and help us care for this place. Click here to learn more and support recreation in the Mad River Valley.

Trail Manager

This trail system is managed by the Mad River Riders on a mix of state and private lands.

The Mad River Riders, a founding chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), maintain a 58+ mile network of multi-use trails throughout the Mad River Valley. Our trails are open to the public and free to use for biking, hiking, walking, running, skiing, and snowshoeing. We have something for everyone, from beginner friendly Tootsie Roll at Blueberry Lake, to the flow of Evolution, to the classic lines of Clinic and Cyclone, to the rocky challenge of Chain Gang.

Help us build more trails and maintain this awesome network; consider becoming a member or donating to the Trail Fund. Visit our website to learn more about our trails, events, rides, work days, and new projects.

Mad River Riders - Vermont Mountain Bike Association

Mad River Riders - Vermont Mountain Bike Association
1007 Rolston Rd
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: 802-917-1467
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VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0182
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Trailhead Information

Tucker Hill Road Parking - From the VT-100/VT-17 intersection in Waitsfield, take VT-17 0.6 miles to Tucker Hill Road on left. Go 1.6 miles up Tucker Hill Road to small parking area on left, near the end of the road. There is a map and kiosk in the parking lot. This is the trailhead for the Enchanted Forest trail. 

American Flatbread Parking - American Flatbread is located 0.6 miles south of the VT-100/VT-17 intersection on the west side of VT-100. Visitors can park in the American Flatbread lot, except Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 4 PM to 9 PM. Please no alcohol use in the Flatbread parking lot. This is the trailhead for the Revolution trail.

Lareau Swim Access parking is also available on east side of VT-100. Park here to access the Featherbed Connector if you are not staying at the Featherbed Inn.

Driving up Dana Hill Road is not recommended.

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