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Mill Brook Trail

A hiking trail through many types of forests with connections to other trail systems
Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Ungroomed cross-country skiing Snowshoeing
3.90 miles, Network
Fayston (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Snow, Ungroomed


This 3.9-mile trail starts less than a mile west of Irasville off of VT-17. The Mill Brook Trail is a rugged trail with a lot of rocks, roots, bridge crossings, and some steep areas. The trail is almost entirely forested with beautiful trees and frequent wildlife sightings. An on-road section is currently required between the Tucker Hill Inn and the top of Harris Hill Road, and again for a couple hundred yards on German Flats Road. You can access many more miles of trails once you reach Fayston’s Chase Brook Town Forest (explore the Trail Finder website to learn more) which are maintained by Mad River Riders and the Fayston Conservation Commission. North of German Flats Road, the Mill Brook Trail is co-located with the Catamount Trail for approximately 1 mile, at which point non-winter users must turn around. Skiers and snowshoers may continue on the Catamount Trail past the Mad River Barn and across VT-17 to Phen Basin and beyond.

Other Information

 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

Visit Mad River Path Association online for more information or contact:

Mad River Path Association

Mad River Path Association
PO Box 683
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 496-7284
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.
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Trailhead Information

The primary access point is at McCollough barn. Follow VT-17 west from the VT-17/VT-100 intersection for 1.8 miles. Turn left onto German Flats Road. Follow for 0.7 miles. Park in the lot on the left at McCollough Barn, across from the Fayston Elementary School. Look for a bridge and ramps climbing the bank to access the trail.

There is also parking at the Tucker Hill Inn and the Swanson Inn.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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