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North Branch River Park and Nature Center Trails

Trail Overview

An extensive multi-use trail system accessible from downtown Montpelier
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Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing
9.90 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Montpelier (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash
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The North Branch River Park trails feature miles of trails for hiking, running and biking. There is almost a mile of river frontage with important wetlands and wildlife habitat as well as upland forest. There is an invasive plants interpretive trail and a pump track for biking at the southern end of the park.

The North Branch Nature Center Trails connect to the North Branch Park via a bridge over the Winooski River and loop around the field and through the riparian forest. The North Branch Nature Center connects people with environmental education, natural history and community science through their many programs and projects

The trails vary from wide and easy trails to fast and flowy singletrack. The trails connect to both Hubbard Park to the west and Sparrow Farm Road to the north. Most of the trails are multi-use - please be respectful of other users.

The intersections at North Branch are numbered to aid in navigation around the trail system. Refer to the Montpelier Parks map for reference.

Other Information

Guidelines and Regulations:

  1. Carry-out whatever you carry-in
  2. Dogs must be leashed at all times
  3. Leave only footprints, take only pictures
  4. Bikes allowed on designated trails ONLY (You can see which trails allow biking on the Trail Map tab. Click Legend > Uses > Mountain Biking and the bike trails will be highlighted)
  5. No camping
  6. No discharge of weapons, at any time
  7. No fires
  8. Snowmobiles are permitted on the main and marked trail only and limited to 15 mph, otherwise no motor vehicles allowed, except Parks Maintenance vehicles.

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association

Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association
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North Branch Nature Center

North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 229-6206
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Montpelier Parks Department

Montpelier Parks Department
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802)-223-7335
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Trailhead Information

Parking is available at the Montpelier Rec Fields and Pool off of Elm Street as well as at the North Branch Nature Center. 

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