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The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build a multi-use, four season path across the width of Vermont; following the Winooski River and Wells River valleys.

The trail is connecting together communities, their schools, and the natural areas between. You can help! The Cross Vermont Trail Association is an incorporated, private non-profit, member based and volunteer driven. Everyone is welcome to join.


Along the Cross Vermont Trail:

Build the Bridge!

Sing out to the Winooski Bridge song because . . .

We are cleared for construction! The Winooski Bridge and miles of new trail - Act 250 and all permits are final, easements are secured, engineering is done. Construction will begin in 2020, as simple as that.

This has been years. It's a ferociously technically challenging spot - where the Winooski River valley is narrow - and the engineering and permitting needed to "thread the needle" made for a big job.

(You know how people say it's the journey that matters, not the destination? Well I gotta say, arriving at this destination feels pretty good.)

Fundraising is ongoing.

Now is a great time to make a contribution to Cross Vermont Trail. We have a giant list of projects lined up for 2020, and with your help we will hit the ground running next year.

Read our full Annual Appeal letter, and project maps, and song lyrics. (PDF 2 MB)

Our Keystone Project

We're taking the Cross Vermont Trail beyond the Montpelier bike path
up to U-32 and across East Montpelier,
off the shoulder of Rte 2 and onto a path in the woods.

Finally, the pieces are all coming together. Starting in 2020 we will begin building miles of new trail and a big bridge over the Winooski River.
But would you believe that a spike in steel prices due to tariffs, and other factors, means that fundraising is still ongoing? Learn more.

For years now we've had a goal of raising $250,000 in local donations to match larger government grants and get the project built.
Well, with the help of hundreds of individual donors,
we have rocketed past that original goal to nearly $280,000:

fundraising thermometer

But the unexpected jump in cost of materials means we had to apply for significant new federal grant funding - which has been awarded to us by VTrans! We need to now raise $50,000 more in non-federal donations to match these additional grants. An anoymous donor from Montpelier has put up a $25,000 challenge grant - every local donation up to $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach the total of $50,000 goal remaining!

We've come so far, we can get this remaining lap done. Meanwhile, rest assured that construction will begin in 2020 with the funding we already have on hand, even if fundraising to complete the later phases of the project is still ongoing. (Or we could blow this goal out of the water before the construction season 2020 and get the whole thing done sooner - that would work too!)

Make a donation.

THANK YOU, to the towns that voted at 2017 and 2018
Town Meetings to support funding for "Build the Bridge!"

We're in the homestretch ~ read and share the whole story.

Hats! Caps! Lids!

The Newbury Conservation Commission has printed up "Cross Vt Trail" hats to help promote trails in Newbury/Wells River. Pretty good idea. Maybe we can take this thing to scale?

Make a $25 or greater donation, and we'll send you a hat! Send contributions to CVTA, PO BOX 116, Montpelier, VT 05601 - and specify that you'd like a tan hat with a green brim (you need to be specific, because that's all we've got.)


December 22, 2019

Our annual appeal - Now is a great time to make a contribution to Cross Vermont Trail. We have a giant list of projects lined up for 2020, and with your help we will hit the ground running next year.

Read our full Annual Appeal letter, and project maps, and song lyrics. (PDF 2 MB)

November 8, 2019

Beautiful day, between the snow squalls, for the dedication of the newest section of the Cross Vermont Trail statewide route - Montpelier's Siboinebi Path! About 100 people came out for the ribbon cutting and to take the first tour of the new path, and beyond to the site of the future Winooski Bridge, CVTA's big project which will continue the Montpelier bike path up to U-32 and on across East Montpelier. We're making the final push now to finish the fundraising and keep the path construction momentum going without delay next spring, thanks for all your help!

Read the Times-Argus coverage here.

October 30, 2019

CVTA is delighted to share the news: The City of Montpelier is celebrating the completion of the shared use path extension on November 8!

The new sections, which run between Taylor Street and Stone Cutter’s way and from Granite Street to Gallison Hill Road, will close the gaps to complete the continuous path through the downtown and further upstream, enabling people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike along a more safe, direct route.

CVTA will also be in attendance to provide exciting updates on the forthcoming Winooski Bridge project, which will pick up where the recently completed path ends at City limits.

Supporters will have the opportunity on Friday, November 8, 2019, starting at 2:15 PM to join in to learn more about the completed project, the forthcoming project and to celebrate the new section:

Pre-Event Ride to Winooski Bridge Site: 2:15 PM | Barr Hill (off Gin Lane), gather in parking lot. Cross VT Trail Association reps will lead two waves (2:15 PM and 2:30 PM) of bike rides from the Barr Hill parking to the site of the forthcoming Winooski Bridge construction (6 miles, round trip). Walkers can also park at the Civic Center and walk the 2-mile round trip down the Powerdam Road (future Cross VT route) to the Bridge site and back to their cars.

Pre-Ribbon Cutting: 2:45 PM | Barr Hill. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Kismet and live music will entertain returning riders and early arrivers.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (Hosted by the City and Barr Hill): 3:15PM | Barr Hill. All are encouraged to gather back at Barr Hill for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the official naming of the path. “Siboinebi” (pronounced see-bo-WEE-neh-bee), which means “River Water” in the Abenaki language, will be the name of the path. Present at the ceremony will be city officials and representatives from organizations and businesses that partnered with the city to make the long-awaited path a reality. Mayor Anne Watson, Jen Roberts from Onion River Outdoors, and a representative from the Cross Vermont Trail Association will be among the featured speakers.

NEXT UP: WINOOSKI BRIDGE PROJECT. CVTA is excited to celebrate the decades of work that have gone into making the Siboinebi path finally a reality – and to keep the momentum going and extend the bike path up to U-32 across East Montpelier, including reopening the old railroad bed with a new 200 foot bridge over the Winooski River. The CVTA project is just weeks away now from final permitting, and will be ready to start construction next Spring. We invite you to come out on November 8 and take a tour of all the details of the final design, it's a beauty!

SUPPORTERS MAKE IT HAPPEN. All of our work to make bicycling safe, fun, and accessible in Central Vermont and along the entirety of the Cross Vermont Trail route relies on your generous giving. Please support the organization that is making your rides better by joining us today!

September 28, 2019

Beautiful day for the annual Foliage Ride on the Cross Vermont Trail!

September 17, 2019

Groton Forest Trail Run was pretty great this year, lots of smiling folks out on the trails, it was good to see. Also, some grimacing, later in the day, but that's grit, right?, and that's good too, right? The marathon and half marathon courses include many trail segments built by CVTA volunteer crews over the last ten years, including an 1/8 mile rebuild of the Telephone Line trail finished just in time for this year's event, whew!

Luckily, able to take some photos of the newly completed trail without smiling people in the way.

September 2, 2019

Thanks to sixteen folks who joined CVTA's August trail crew over the course of August! Another good year, upgrading trails in Groton State Forest for all users. Thanks also to our partner organizations American Hiking Society, Volunteers for Peace and (let 's be honest) Nagoya University of Commerce and Business.

August 19, 2019

CVTA's August volunteer trail crew going full steam on the final sections of the Telephone Line Trail that are way out of spec for general accessibility - closing in on the end goal of this multi year upgrade of the T-Line in Groton State Forest!

July 24, 2019

Laying down gravel through the dogleg on Johnnie Brook Trail - Jeff's new tractor comes through again, with only a very few homemade mods for dumping device attachment, surely not enough to void the warranty.

July 18, 2019

Setting stones for a strong foundation for the bypass around the big blowout of the railtrail in East Montpelier.

Work is ongoing periodically in July, August and September - give a shout to get involved, we're building two bridges and about 600 feet of new gravel path.

July 3, 2019

Johnnie Brook Trail in Richmond has a redecked dogleg boardwalk (easy for us to say). Next up, spreading more gravel in the remaining muddy sections, stay tuned. Lumber for the dogleg was purchased with membership donations to Cross Vt Trail Association - thanks everyone!

July 1, 2019

Good times at the Central Vermont Cycle Tour (an "Original Gravelgrinder") last Sunday. Over 100 riders of all ages enjoyed the scenic course and the home made food, while helping raise money to build the Cross Vermont Trail. Thanks everyone!

Older posts.

Shared stories
from trail journeys.

Read about the
trips folks have made
on the Cross Vermont Trail route.

Just finished your own journey?
Let us know what you saw!

totem pole

Guidebook to nature and history along the Cross Vermont Trail.

Look beneath the surface. Explore the landscape of the trail.

Download a copy. (PDF 14 MB)

(The nature and history guide is keyed to locations in the statewide route map set.)

The guide is written in part by local middle and high school students. We'd like to work with more classes to continue to improve and expand it.

Giddy Up!
The big washout
in East Montplier.

The big fix
is underway.

Learn more.

Introducing . . .   the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail!

Friends of the Cross Vt Trail in northern New Hampshire want to 'keep it going' - east from Wells River all the way across NH to Bethel Maine. Learn more about this new idea. Be a BETA tester - take a spin and let us know what you think.

. . . and more in our news archive page.