Biking

biking in Northeast Kingdom, VT

The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is one of the top biking destinations in the United States.

Map of Vermont's Northeast KingdomWinter fatbike season is back in the Northeast Kingdom, VT. Fatbiking, or snow biking, uses an off-road bicycle with oversized tires to traverse trails in the snow. Vermont fatbiking locations are bolded in our list below.

From gravel or mountain biking, road biking, down-hilling at Burke Mountain or fat biking in the winter, the Northeast Kingdom offers ample adventure for riders of all types and experience.  Explore mellow rail trails or head out on wooded, single-track mountain biking trails to get your adrenaline pumping. Here we’ve outlined some of the best places for biking in NEK.

Gravel roads can be found across the Kingdom and along with our list below. The NEK Gravel website has created a diverse list of curated rides.

Bike rentals and guided biking adventures available as noted below.
Rentals: Village Sport Shop, East Burke Sports, All Around Rental, Lamoille Valley Bike Tours, Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Guided tours/ Instruction: KC&E Adventures, Kingdom Camps, Blue Sky MTB, Lamoille Valley Bike Tours, Dynamic Cycling Adventures

Pro tip: Local hotels and inns may have storage available for your bikes. Inquire when you make your reservations!

EASTERN TREK

Kingdom Trails – East Burke, VT

100+ miles of pristine, non-motorized single-track and double-track mountain biking trails for all levels, beginner to expert. Bike rentals available locally at East Burke Sports and Village Sport Shop. Suitable for:

  • Fat bikes in winter (31+ miles of snowmobile groomed singletrack)
  • Mountain bikes
  • Adaptive e-bikes  

Lamoille Valley Rail TrailSt. Johnsbury to Hardwick, VT

93 miles of compacted crushed stone surface, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is a historic treasure extending across some of Northern Vermont’s most beautiful landscapes. Mostly flat, making this a good choice for beginners. Suitable for:
 
  • Fat bikes in winter (Note: The LVRT is a snowmobile trail in winter and conditions vary. Bright clothes and blinking lights recommended.)
  • Gravel bikes
  • Mountain bikes
  • Class 1 e-bikes

Burke MountainBurke, VT

With XC, lift-served, and shuttle accessed terrain, Burke Mountain’s bike park has something for everyone! Roly Grail is Burke Mountain’s machine built beginner downhill trail and an excellent introduction to the sport. Of course, if you’re looking for something more challenging, Burke has the goods! The mountain’s more demanding terrain was host to an Enduro World Series event in 2022 and will host and Eastern States Cup race in 2023. Suitable for:

  • XC, Trail, and DH Mountain bikes

Caledonia Trail CollaborativeDanville & St. Johnsbury

The CTC is a volunteer-led trail organization currently expanding mountain bike opportunities in St. Johnsbury and Danville. They presently have three trail zones featuring a variety of terrain, including the Crow Hill Zone, NVRH trails, and St. Johnsbury Town Forest. The Crow Hill Zone offers an intermediate/advanced 1.5 mile loop but will be expanding to 5 miles of trails by mid-June 2023. “Broad Wing” in the St. Johnsbury Town Forest is a must ride for intermediate riders and features 1.4 miles of machine-built flow while the NVRH loop is suitable for beginners/intermediates with approximately 1.5 miles of machine-built trail. Suitable for:

  • Mountain bikes

FARM & FIELD

Craftsbury Outdoor CenterCraftsbury, VT

60 miles of cross-country ski trails convert to biking trails during the summer months, including 13 miles of single-track trails, which offer a mix of rooty, rocky and flowy. Suitable for:

  • Fat bikes in winter (12 miles of groomed trails)
  • Mountain bikes

Hardwick TrailsHardwick, VT

4.5 miles of fun and challenging single track mountain biking trails nestled on the western side of Bridgman Hill. Suitable for:

  • Mountain bikes

MOUNTAINS & LAKES

Jay Community Recreational CentreJay, VT

16+ miles of beautiful, well-marked, free-access trails on beautiful terrain for biking. Suitable for:

  • Fat biking in winter
  • Mountain bikes

Jay Peak ResortJay, VT

Miles of summer, fall, and winter biking. From beginner terrain to pump tracks, trails include mountain paths, wooded sections of single track, gravel roads, and multi-purpose trails offering expansive views of peaks and valleys.
Suitable for:

  • Fat biking in winter
  • Mountain bikes

Memphremagog TrailsDerby & Newport, VT

 A 16-mile and growing network of single and double track riding. Trails range from classic Vermont cross country (tight and chunky) to machine-built flow trails. With multiple loops and difficulty leveled trails, the whole family can leave here feeling accomplished and excited to return. Suitable for:

  • Fat biking in winter
  • Mountain bikes

Memphremagog Greenway – Newport, VT

The Memphremagog Greenway starts on the Newport Waterfront Recreation Path where it heads north passing through Prouty Beach and then traversing a gorgeous bridge onto the Bluffside Farm property. From there, the Greenway makes its way north along the Beebe Spur Rail Trail following the eastern shore of the lake. You can access the Memphremagog Trails network from the Beebe Spur section of the Greenway. From there, a short ride on a country road leads to the US/Canada border in Beebe Plain. From downtown Newport, the border is approximately 6 miles one way and is a family-friendly ride. 
Suitable for:

  • Mountain bikes
  • Gravel bikes