Montpelier & Wells River Rail Trail: Groton - Marshfield
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Numerous trailheads and parking areas along the trail, see map.
The Montpelier - Wells River Rail Trail in Groton and Marshfield forms a long, peaceful bike ride or walk connecting the parks, campgrounds, and natural areas of Groton State Forest and Pine Mountain Wildlife Management Area together with quiet rural villages of Marshfield, Groton, and South Ryegate.
There is currently a half-mile of old railbed that cannot be used as a trail (a bridge is out). The bypass of this section requires travel on state highway Route 302 - use caution here. We are working to build a new bridge and open a continuous route on the bed.
In summer, the railbed is open to motor vehicles, including cars, in some sections, and in others it is non-motorized.
In winter, it is maintained as a groomed trail by local snowmobile clubs, and the entire route is open to motorized use.
Visit Cross Vermont Trail Association online for more information or contact:
Cross Vermont Trail
Trail Programs Coordinator
29 Main St Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 498-0079
VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 5: St. Johnsbury District
374 Emerson Falls Road
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 751-0136
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Leave No Trace Principle
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails and campsites. 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.