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Montpelier & Wells River Rail Trail: East Montpelier - Plainfield

Two miles of pleasant, gradual trail made from old railbed in quiet wooded setting.
Trail Activity
Walking Bicycling Horseback riding
2.00 miles, One Way
East Montpelier (VT), Plainfield (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder
Permitted on leash
Other Activities


Pleasant, wide, gradual flowing trail made from old railbed. Quiet wooded setting. Some interesting 19th century granite stone work.

In winter, the western half of the trail is groomed by local snowmobile clubs and open to motorized use. The eastern half of trail is not groomed, and not currently open to motorized use in any season.

ALERT: The historic floods of 2011 washed out a section of trail - creating a gap 75 feet wide and 35 feet deep. It effectively closes the trail as a through route (but you can still go in and out from each end). The washout is at about the halfway point between Route 14 in East Montpelier and Country Club Road in Plainfield. We are working to repair the damage, you can help!

Trail Manager

Visit Cross Vermont Trail Association online for more information or contact:

Cross Vermont Trail

Cross Vermont Trail
29 Main St Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 498-0079
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

Public parking at the western Route 14 trailhead, about 0.8 miles south of the junction of Route 14 and Route 2 in East Montpelier. There is no public parking at the eastern trailhead at Country Club Road in Plainfield.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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September 26, 2021
Nice walk, cool in the summer. 2021 lot of trail improvement in the mini bridge and wash out.
Don’t take fat tire bikes when it’s been wet. Will smash the trail, be cool.
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