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Road & Mountain Biking

These featured roads and trails explore the bucolic Mad River Valley, from its river bottom to its lofty summits. Many of the trails cross private land and are accessible through the generous permission of the landowners. Please respect landowners by using their trails responsibly. If land is posted, please comply with the landowner’s wishes. Trails on private and municipal lands are often “use at your own discretion”.

Always carry food, water, extra clothing, communication, and leave your route plan with a friend. You don't have to be far away to be far away from help. The cross-country ski trails, like the Catamount Trail, are generally limited to winter use only. Hiking and Mountain Biking trails should be avoided during the April/May mud season.

Help us keep Vermont beautiful; pack out what you pack in. Dogs should be on leash or under control at all times and please pick up after them. The future of these trails depends on your respectful use. Enjoy!

For more trail opportunities and a full-color, valley-wide trails map, get a copy of our Mad River Valley Trail Map that shows you all the trails that the “valley” has to offer.  This map has something for everyone. With 23 suggested outings, you can choose from an easy village ramble, a challenging hike to one of Vermont’s high peaks, or  a gnarly- technical mountain bike ride!  Come winter, you have area cross-country and downhill ski areas to explore and don’t forget the Catamount Trail for the adventurous backcountry skiers.

Maps are available for $4.95 at, at the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce offices in the General Wait House on Route 100, as well as at many local retail outlets and businesses. 

The Mad River Riders is a local, member-supported organization that works to improve cycling in the Mad River Valley, both on-road and mountain biking.  The Mad River Riders have worked with both the Vermont Mountain Bike Association and the State of Vermont to create new riding opportunities. Their web site lists favorite road routes in the Valley as well as information on their mountain biking projects and Time Trial events.