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From The Blog 5 essential mountain biking spots

Woodstock and neighboring towns are seriously upping their mountain biking game. Think you can't find smooth flow in New England? Think there's no trainer good enough to improve your game? Think the season ends at first snowfall? Think you can't bring Fido on your rides? Think again.

Before hitting the dirt, be sure to check trail and organization protocols—and don't forget your mask!

1. Aqueduct & Mt Peg Trails maintained by WAMBA

In partnership with the Woodstock Inn & Resort and other key stakeholders, the Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) delivers trail nirvana right outside your door…

Mountain Biking Mt Peg
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Biking on Mt Peg
Mountain Biking Mt Peg
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Biking on Mount Peg
Mt Peg Trails

Experienced mountain bikers, get ready! Access 9 miles of single track trails from Lincoln Street in the village or Knox Meadow (south of the Athletic Center) for a gnarly enduro ride.

Here, you’ll find a mix of calf-burning trails from beginner to pro that guarantee some white-knuckle rides. And with trail-names like Hair Raize and Sir Bermsalot, how can you resist?

The brand-new skill park at Knox Meadow—complete with log ladders, jumps, skinnies, and more—makes this sweet deal even sweeter.

WAMBA Mountain Biking
WAMBA
Aqueduct Trails

Complete with a pump track, ramps, and flowy trails, this 9-mile network in West Woodstock is friendlier to the beginner and intermediate set.

AM, XC, and fat tire bikes are fit and ready for both moderate trails like Lower Rum Street and the black-diamond-worthy Spawn of Vaughn, which boasts a bevy of technical trail features, including skinny, berms, rock gardens and faces, and drops.

Great for: Solo and group riders, kids, families, adults, beginners to experts, AM, DH, XC, fat tire (winter)

Hours: Rider’s discretion

Location: Varies by trailhead. Email [email protected] to be added to the email list for route announcements and meet-up locations.

Passes and membership:

  • To join WAMBA, an official chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, please click here
  • The Mt Peg trails are available for a small additional fee (waived in 2020). Rental pricing and additional information can be found here

Offerings & social rides:

Acqueduct Trails
This is only the beginning... of the Acqueduct Trails!

Trail list/guide/map:

About WAMBA: Founded in 2016, the Woodstock Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) sprang up from a noble goal: to enhance community wellness, economic development, and foster passion for natural landscapes through the creation of a network of environmentally-sound biking trails. In this short time, WAMBA’s come a long way enacting that goal by working with landowners, officials, the Woodstock Inn & Resort, and other stakeholders to build and maintain approximately 18 miles of local trails.

2. Mountain Biking at Suicide Six

The Woodstock Inn & Resort's Activity Center is your one-stop-shop for gear, guides, and transportation to the dopest trails at S6 and beyond. While lift-service is suspended at this scenic South Pomfret location (minutes from Woodstock center), have no fear! You can snag a shuttle or put the pedal to the metal to access flowy tracks, progressive terrain, and features for a range of ability levels on the trails and in the Skills Park—accessible to all for complimentary use in 2020.

Suicide Six Elemental Bike Park
Suicide Six's Elemental Bike Park
Suicide Six biking shuttle
Woodstock Inn & Resort

Great for: Families and kids, beginners through intermediate

Hours: Rider's discretion, but please adhere to all posted policies

Location: Suicide Six Recreation Area, 247 Stage Road, South Pomfret, VT 05067

Passes & rates: Complimentary in 2020

Offerings & social rides:

  • Downhill and climbing trails, pump-tracks, skills parks, flow trails
  • Mountain shuttle available by reservation for a downhill-only riding experience
  • Equipment rentals featuring a premium bike rental fleet at the Activity Center behind the Woodstock Inn & Resort (802-457-5530)

Trail list/guide/map: Available here

3. The Sherburne Trails maintained by Killington Mountain Bike Club

Another new addition to the local mountain biking network is the Sherburne Trails! Part of the Green Mountain National Forest, this 4.5-mile track is wooded and boasts some serious view of Kent Pond. While the first three finished legs, Pacas Path, Ohly Roller, and Mind Eraser, are machine-made and welcoming to all skill levels, a promise of 10+ miles in future loops means intermediate and advanced trails are just around the corner.

Beginner to intermediate riders are already singing the single-track trails’ praise, calling out its smooth flow, bermed corners, superb maintenance, and unbeatable price-point (hint: it’s free). But there are plenty of rad benefits for becoming a paying member of KMBC, like group rides and the summertime Bike Bum Races. Oh, and did we mention your furry friends are welcome to join the ride?

Sherburne Trails KMBC
KMBC
KMBC Sherburne Trails
KMBC

Great for: Riders with dogs, beginners through intermediate, solo riders, families, kids

Hours: Rider’s discretion

Location: Sherburne Trails, 1756 VT Route 100, Killington, VT

Membership: Information available here

Offerings:

  • KMBC Bike Bum Races
  • Group rides
  • Trail days and fixing clinics
  • Fundraisers
  • Dog-friendly
KMBC
KMBC

Trail list/guide/map: Available here

About Killington Mountain Bike Club: A local chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, The Killington Mountain Bike Club (KMBC) maintains the Sherburne Trails through a partnership with the Town of Killington and US Forest Service.

4. Killington Bike Park

Click here for COVID-19 bike park operations

Whether or not you ride park, Killington can’t be ignored. Home to the 2018 Fox US Open of Mountain Biking, this mountain has 30 miles of single-track across 29 named routes, a variety of conditions and trail styles unheard of in New England, and 3,050 staggering vertical feet under its belt.

Three high-speed lifts can dump you off at various spots of the mountain, but for those that want to earn a bomb to the bottom, there’s a climbing trail to the peak. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, looking for nirvana-level flow or New England’s classic gnar, you’ll be satisfied.

Killington Bike Park
Killington Bike Park

Great for: All skill levels, families, groups, solo-riders

Hours: Click here for details

Location: Killington Road, Killington, VT 05751 (address varies by base lodge)

Passes & rates: Passes must be purchased in advance here

Offerings:

  • Beginners lessons
  • Bike shop offering equipment rentals
  • Chairlifts
  • Guided park tours with manual and electric bike options
  • Vermont Bike & Brew, an annual mountain biking festival

Trail list/guide/map: Viewable here

5. Ascutney Trails maintained by ATA

30 miles of hand-built trails are in your future thanks to ATA (Ascutney Trails Association). Free for public use, these routes travel in and around the village of Brownsville for a tour of uniquely beautiful terrain. You’re free to choose your adventure:

ATA mountain biking trail
ATA

Great for: Beginners to experts, lone and group riders, XC and AM to winter’s fat tire biking

Hours: Rider’s discretion

Location: Varies by trailhead

Membership: Details available here

Offerings:

  • The Ascutney Outdoors Center
  • Tuesday night group rides with ATA
  • Trail days with ATA
  • Trail list/guide/map

About ATA: The Ascutney Trails Association (ATA) is an energetic group of hikers, mountain bikers, back-country skiers and outdoor enthusiasts overseeing trails on Mt Ascutney and it’s surrounds. Steeped in history, the organization incorporates both the original ATA and STAB (Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin) organizations and is proud to move forward with its vision for Mt Ascutney’s trail future. ATA advocates for and maintains accessibility of low-impact trails and structures used for human powered recreational activities in the townships of the Mt. Ascutney Area, as well as supporting and preserving the deep historic connection Mt. Ascutney has to Vermont and New Hampshire. ATA is a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association.

 

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