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.

Slate Valley Gravel Ride Network

The Gravel Ride Network in the Slate Valley offers some great hilly bike riding by connecting gravel roads, paved roads, rough 4th class roads and the D&H Rail Trail.
Trail Activity
155.00 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate, Advanced
Castleton (VT), Middletown Springs (VT), Pawlet (VT), Poultney (VT), Wells (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Paved/Cement, Road, Paved, Road, Unpaved
Permitted on leash


The Slate Valley contains a mixture of gravel roads, paved roads, rough 4th class roads and the D&H Rail Trail to offer some very good cycling in Vermont and eastern New York. It has quiet roads, charming villages, friendly people, valley roads and trails, mountain roads with good climbs, little traffic and scenic views.  This system encompasses 16 routes that center on the village of Poultney, Vermont in the middle of the Slate Valley.  Some of these routes can be done on a road bike, but most are designed for hybrid, cyclocross, or mountain bikes.  Information on the established gravel riding loops within this network along with cue sheets are available at Slate Valley Trails.

Other Information

Slate Valley Trails (SVT) is a volunteer community group founded in 2015.  SVT is a registered non-profit organization and a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (VMBA).  

The SVT mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont.
Our goals are to: 
1) Build community among local individuals, organizations and businesses.
2) Support the local economy by promoting the region as a place to visit, with improved access to trails.
3) Encourage the positive health benefits of being active outdoors.  

Volunteers and new members are welcome!  Become a member or sign up for our emails


Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Slate Valley Trails website or contact:

Slate Valley Trails

Slate Valley Trails
P.O Box 242
Poultney, VT 05764
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

All rides begin at the D&H Trail kiosk at the intersection of Church and Knapp streets in Poultney.  To reach the kiosk from Main Street, turn north on Depot Street from Main Street and then east (right) on Church Street until you come to the D&H Trail.  If you are travelling to Poultney south on Route 30, turn right (west) onto Church Street and travel until you reach the D&H Trail.  There are several places you can park.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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