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.
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.
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!)
THANK YOU, to the towns that voted at 2017 and 2018
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.)
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.