Hiking, biking and swimming are some of our favorite things to do in Vermont, and if you’re looking for some new trails to discover, we’ve got you covered. From novice hikers to hardcore mountain bikers, these are trails that will lead you to unforgettable places. There are SO many trails to explore here, and these 13 trails have hiking, biking and places to swim all in the same general area. This way, it’s not a question of choosing whether to hike, bike or swim that day – rather, you have to decide which to do first! Happy trails!
1. Millstone Trails Association, Websterville.
In 2005, 1,500 acres of quarry lands were opened to the public, and today over 70 miles of trails are open to the public for trail running, mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Since the trail network was designed around over 75 former quarries, you'll be able to find many places to cool down along the way.
2. Millstone Trails Association Mountain Biking, Websterville
While the trails are for everyone to enjoy, they were definitely created with mountain biking in mind. Get ready for some hardcore riding!
3. Kingdom Trails, Burke
Simply a fantastic network, the Kingdom Trails are largely touted as the best mountain biking in the state. You'll love the great single track that goes on for miles on these well maintained trails with a lot of variety in beautiful surroundings. Don't miss the Tiki Bar and food truck for post ride food and fun!
4. South Trail at Lake Willoughby, Barton
A moderate hike 1590 ft. up, this hike has rewarding lake and mountain views. This 2.5-mile hike takes about 3 hours.
Take a break from some of the area hiking and have some paddling fun on Crystal Lake in Barton.
5. Kimmer's Trail, Stowe
This epic mountain bike trail was a a collaboration between the Vermont's Stowe Mountain Bike Club, Town of Stowe and Land Trust and Trapp Family Lodge.
6. Stowe Pinnacle, Stowe
This is a short and steep hike to an oh-so-rewarding mountaintop view. The 2.3-mile trek takes about 3 hours.
7. Moss Glen Falls, Stowe
Take a break from the hiking and biking and get wet at Moss Glen Falls. A beautiful waterfall and fantastic swimming hole.
8. Sleepy Hollow, Hinesburg
There is a great intermediate switch-backing loop on Skywalker through Sleepy Hollow's Star Wars-themed trails for a full tour of the mountain bike trail network's 12.5 miles of trails. Go back again this fall for some explosive foliage.
9. Hinesburg Town Forest, Hinesburg
Many hands make light work when it comes to cleaning and grooming the trails at the Hinesburg Town Forest.
10. Pine Hill Park, Rutland
Work your legs and enjoy the 16 miles of single-track trail spread over 325 acres of terrain at Pine Hill Park. Here you'll find some of the very best mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, snowshoeing, and geocaching in the central Vermont region.
11. Ascutney Trails, West Windsor
The ski trails may not be open anymore, but the Ascutney Trails Association maintains hiking trails that showcase the beauty of the mountain. Check out this cool feature just off the Weathersfield Trail. Mountain bikers will also enjoy the rocky outcrops and mini summits, trailing next to old stone walls on South Ridge Run and The Grassy Knoll.
Whether you're hiking up a steep mountain, or hitting the Chandler Ridge/Leister Hollow Trail on your mountain bike, the town of Goshen is great for people who love all kinds of trails.
13. Lye Brook Falls, Manchester
A 90-minute hike into the Green Mountain National Forest will lead you to a stunning 125-foot waterfall. Please note, swimming is prohibited, but the view is well worth the trek. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vermont.