Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Paine Mountain Trail System

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This network of trails crosses through both Norwich University land and Northfield Town Forest. The trails are suitable for mountain biking, hiking, and running, with a wide range of difficulty levels.
Trail Activity
Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Groomed cross-country skiing
Length
19.40 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced, Strenuous
Town
Northfield (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Snow, Groomed, Snow, Ungroomed
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

These trails travel through the Northfield Town Forest as well as Norwich University land. The land is part of a large block of contiguous forest running north-south along the Irish Hill-Paine Mountain Ridge. The lands also includes wetlands, beaver ponds, and open fields, in which wildflowers can be enjoyed at the right time of year.

These multiuse trails are popular for mountain biking, hiking, and running, and include both singletrack and doubletrack options. The surface ranges from natural field and forest floor to gravel.

Other Information

The trails are generally open year-round, except for mud season (late winter/early spring).

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Town of Northfield website, or contact:

Norwich University

Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2000
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Town of Northfield

Town of Northfield
51 South Main Street
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-6121
ncc@northfield.vt.us
View website

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

To get to Northfield:

From the North (Montpelier, Burlington) use I-89 South. Take exit 5 to VT-64 W in Williamstown. Continue on VT-64 W until you arrive at the intersection with VT-12. Turn right and follow VT-12 N in Northfield for approximately 2 miles to the center of town.

Coming from the South (Brattleboro, Keene NH) use I-91 North. Take exist 10B to merge onto I-89 North. Follow I-89 N until exit 5 to VT-64 West in Williamstown. Continue on VT-64 W until you arrive at the intersection with VT-12. Turn right and follow VT-12 N in Northfield for approximately 4 miles to the center of town.

There are five trailheads in the Town of Northfield that provide access to this trail system. Please prioritize parking at the Green Mountain Family Practice and Shaw Outdoor Center locations.

GREEN MOUNTAIN FAMILY PRACTICE TRAILHEAD
From the intersection of VT-12 and VT-64, follow VT-12 north for 1.7 miles. Take a slight right onto Crescent Ave, followed shortly by a right turn onto Paine Mountain Drive. Green Mountain Family Practice will be on the left. The trails begin behind the parking lot. Park in designated Town Forest spaces only.

SHAW OUTDOOR CENTER TRAILHEAD
From the intersection of VT-12 and VT-64, follow VT-12 north for 1.7 miles. Take a slight right onto Crescent Ave, followed shortly by a right turn onto Paine Mountain Drive. Follow the road for 0.2 miles to the Shaw Outdoor Center and park.

PAINE MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD (FOREST ROAD)
From the intersection of VT-12 and VT-64, follow VT-12 north for 2.1 miles. Turn right on East Street, shortly followed by veering right at the fork onto Turkey Hill Road. Follow Turkey Hill Road for 1.5 miles and take a right onto Forest Road. Follow Forest Road to the trailhead at the end of the street. Note: there is NO PARKING at this trailhead. Parking is permitted along Turkey Hill Road. 

CLARK ROUTE TRAILHEAD (BARROWS ROAD/KINGSTON ROAD)
From Depot Square, follow VT-12 south to the intersection with VT-64. Turn left and travel east for 1.3 miles, then take a left onto Barrows Road. Park along Barrows Road, near the intersection with Tamarack Farm Road and proceed on foot. Follow Barrows Road for 0.3 miles. Veer left onto Kingston Road. Follow Kingston Road to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note: there is NO PARKING at this trailhead. Please park only where noted along Barrows Road.

BYAM HILL TRAILHEAD
From the intersection of VT-12 and VT-64, follow VT-12 north for 1.9 miles. Turn right onto Prospect Street. Parking is permitted on Prospect Street. Proceed on foot to Byam Hill and follow to the trailhead at the end of the road. Note: there is NO PARKING at this trailhead or on Byam Hill. Public parking can be found in and around Depot Square. Depot Square is an additional 0.2 miles down Main Street.

Public parking can be found in downtown Northfield near Depot Square. Please utilize this parking if any trailhead parking is full, to avoid blocking residential driveways or yards. 

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