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:
2020 Central Vermont Cycling Tour has been suspended.
We were waiting in hopes of good news in the progress to control Covid-19 spread. However at this time limits on social gatherings and travel from out of state in Vermont are still quite strict, reasonably. The whole point of the Central Vermont Cycling Tour is to physically get together and celebrate as a community, so if we can't do that, we will give it a rest this year and plan to go ahead again next year in 2021.
MEANWHILE: It's been a beautiful spring and early summer, and a great time to "ride your own ride" and get out on bikes, on trails and scenic back roads. You can download our route maps from event website and explore at your own pace. (Also, the Morse Farm creemee stand is open for business, if you happen to be passing by after a sixty mile ride, just saying.)
AND TRAIL BUILDING GOES AHEAD: Trailbuilding is NOT suspended. The larger work of Cross Vermont Trail Association persists, including the start of construction of our decades in the making Keystone Project - connecting the Central Vermont Path (Montpelier Bike Path) across East Montpelier to the start of the Montpelier & Wells River Rail Trail, creating direct bike path connections to regional schools and neighborhoods, and building a major new bike/ped bridge over the Winooski River. It's a big job and it's going to be a great trail - you can help! Learn more.
See you next year - Central Vt Cycling Tour "An Original Gravel Grinder" - the last Sunday in June - 6/27/21.
The part where we talk about Covid-19.
CVTA hopes that the community trails and local natural areas that we have helped to establish and care for over the years will be a resource now more than ever for healthful, safe, outside exercise, during this emergency time. Truthfully, we regret that we are not farther along in our state wide vision to provide a network of greenway paths, convenient to where people live, providing easy daily access to nature for all abilities. We are "keeping the embers of our organization hot" during this period of slowing, and will be ready to fire up again when we all come out the other side.
VT Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources Julie Moore said it well: It has never been more important for Vermonters to get outside, but also to stay close to home. Anyone planning to spend time outdoors this weekend should do the following. First, stay close to home. We are fortunate to live in a place that has outstanding outdoor recreation in nature, and much of it within walking distance. Now is not the time to explore far-flung corners of Vermont, but rather to focus on backyard adventures, spend time in places that you can walk or bike to. And if you must drive to get outside work to limit your trips to less than 10 miles. Be sure to continue to observe social distancing outdoors. If you arrive at a crowded trailhead or a place with an unmanageable parking situation, see that as a sign. Please turn around and choose an alternative, that is not as crowded. And also it is important to leash your dogs, they are members of our households as well, and need to keep their social distance.
For ongoing updates on guidance concerning outdoor exercise and access to trails, periodically check in on the Vt Forests, Parks and Recreation website: https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19.
We're taking the Cross Vermont Trail beyond the Montpelier bike path
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.
The unexpected jump in cost of materials means we had to apply for a significant new federal grant - which has been awarded to us by VTrans! This means fundraising for additional local donations to match the additional federal money is needed, but is getting close to the finish line; a total of $302,700 is needed with $288,200 raised and just $14,500 to go.
Meanwhile, fundraising for the longer trail, beyond the big bridge, is ongoing. We are actively applying to grants and other sources of all types to keep the trail going.
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.
Sing out to the Winooski Bridge song!
Feature articles on XVT . . .
Read about the
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.
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.