The trails at Lyndon State Forest were built for mountain biking, but hikers are also welcome. They feature many tight turns and quick downhills as they loop through the forest. Although most are not particularly technical and are designed for beginner and intermediate riders, they are narrow and were built by hand, so expect to ride over bumps and roots.
There are many loop options available. The perimeter trail, Permit, is 1.8 miles long. Fun intermediate trails, such as Mossland and Jack Pine diverge from Permit. Hemlocks and Wedgey both feature steeper slopes on a gully and are for more experienced riders. The easiest trail, Phloem, loops inside the other trails.
The trails are two-way so pay attention for oncoming riders. However, Hemlocks and Wedgey are best ridden east to west.
In the winter, visitors can ski on the old woods roads, named Hawes Loop and Darling Loop on trail signs. However, summer use of these trails is not recommended beyond what is shown on the map because there are many raspberries and blackberries covering the trails. Snowshoers and fat bikers can use the woods roads or the singletrack.
Lyndon State Forest has sandy soils that drain quickly. The trails generally dry out early in the spring and remain dry in the fall making the forest often suitable for early and late season riding. Even so, take care to protect the trails -- don't ride if you are creating ruts and always abide by trail closures.
The trails at Lyndon State Forest were designed and built by volunteers and are managed by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation with the support of the Kingdom Trails Association, the Town of Lyndon and local volunteers.
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To get to the Lyndon State Forest from Lyndonville, head south from VT-5 on Red Village Road for 1.3 miles. Turn right on New Boston Road. There is a small parking lot on the right after a quarter of a mile.
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