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Chatfield parking area on Forest Road 65, FR 89, or Widow’s Clearing parking area on FR 32. From Chatfield trailhead (Marker #65) to the Widow’s Clearing trailhead is almost 3 miles.

Description

Water Tower / Chatfield Loop: Length: 3.2 miles. Enter from the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Chatfield parking area (FR 65), FR 89 or Widow’s Clearing parking area. These trails are a system of interconnected, ungroomed cross-country skiing loops of varying length and difficulty. The trails can be accessed from the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail or from Widow's Clearing and meander through the woods. The Widow's Clearing Trail extends from the Chatfield Parking Lot to the Widow's Clearing Parking Lot and connects the Water Tower and Wilkinson Ski Trails. Please check current trail and road closures in the Green Mountain National Forest. Trail distances are:

  • Connector: 0.07 miles, easiest
  • Sundown: 0.4 miles, more difficult
  • Crosswalk: 0.3 miles, easiest
  • North Star: 1 miles, more difficult
  • Afternoon Delight: 0.5 miles, more difficult
  • Trepidation: 0.3 miles, most difficult

Widow’s Clearing Area: The Widow’s Clearing Trail from Chatfield trailhead to the Widow’s Clearing trailhead is almost 3 miles. The section from Chatfield west to Water Tower trail junction at marker #8 is a long uphill, but the return is nice. The terrain from marker #1 to Widow’s Clearing trailhead is easy. The Catamount Trail coincides with this trail.

Wilkinson Ski Trails: Length: 8.4 miles. These trails are a system of interconnected, un- groomed, cross-country skiing loops of varying length and difficulty. Located at the center of the trail system is an active beaver pond and there are several streams in the area. The Widow's Clearing Trail extends from the Chatfield Parking Lot to the Widow's Clearing Parking Lot and connects the Water Tower and Wilkinson Ski Trails. Trailhead is across the road from the Widow’s Clearing parking area on Forest road 32. Trail distances are:

  • Moose Loop: 2.2 miles, more difficult
  • Blackberry Run: 0.6 miles, more difficult
  • Shannie’s Loop: 0.4 miles, easiest
  • A.O.A Trail: 0.4 miles, more difficult
  • Willow Run: 0.6 miles, easiest
  • Zip: 0.1 miles, more difficult
  • Beaver Pond Crossing: 0.1 miles, easiest
  • Goshen Brook Trail: 0.4 miles, more difficult
  • Blue Heron Run: 0.4 miles, easiest

Other Information

Please check current trail and road closures in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Mountain biking from Forest Road 32 through Water Tower Trails to Chatfield parking area.

Trail Manager

Visit Moosalamoo Association or Green Mountain National Forest online for more information and an interactive map or contact:

Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland
231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 747-6700

Moosalamoo Association
PO Box 108
Forest Dale, VT 05745
Phone: (802) 747-7900
info@moosalamoo.org

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