Celebrating local trails and working to join them together - across Vermont!

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The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to make a multi-use path the width of Vermont following the Winooski River and Wells River.

Imagine walking out your front door and within minutes stepping onto a system of paths leading through village centers, to schools, parks, wild areas and beyond - a network of local trails, inviting to all - interconnected. This is the dream of the Cross Vermont Trail.

You can help! The Cross Vermont Trail Association is a non-profit organization working to make this dream a reality. We are member based and volunteer driven. Everyone is welcome to join.



Cross Vermont Trail is a state wide biking and walking route that highlights local trails, and identifies the best roads that can be used to connect them together to make longer trips. Read our online guide and maps to plan your exploration!


Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build new trails with the long term goal of creating a complete off road route, joining together local trails into a state wide network. This is a true grass roots effort, you can help!


The Cross Vermont Trail is a cooperation of many landowners and local groups. We link efforts across boundaries, and are a responsible partner to care for trails where property owners are interested in allowing public use.


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CVTA is a small non profit charity - all contributions go to work on the trail!

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Central Vermont Cycling Tour is now TOUR DE CREEMEE!

Full details and registration.

Big update for the Central Vermont Cycling Tour. We're thrilled to announce Onion River Outdoors (ORO), Montpelier's iconic bike and outdoor gear shop, has stepped up to be the new lead organizer for the ride. Keep in touch with ORO and all their events at the store website. Thanks to ORO for taking the baton on the Cycle Tour and keeping things rolling into the future!

The folks at ORO say:

"This gorgeously scenic ride begins and ends at Morse Farm, home of the scrumptious maple creemee, so we have redubbed this ride Tour de Creemee. Everything else will stay the same from the three routes - 15, 30 and 60 miles - to the convenient rest stops, the well marked routes and finally the wonderful, local picnic, including, of course, a celebratory creemee!"

"The soul of this ride remains true as ORO will continue to support the mission of Cross Vermont Trail Association with proceeds. Join us for this family friendly, community oriented ride and experience the magic of cycling the most beautiful gravel roads in Vermont on a summer's day!"

(But then they would say that. Sounds just like them.)

See you there the last Sunday in June - 6/30/2024. Early registration is open now!
Go to event BikeReg page.

Help us grow in 2024!

Donate to our Annual Appeal.

This past year was a humdinger after the floods of early July. Thanks to your past support we were able to respond strongly and repair storm damage better than before.

Please consider making a new donation now so that we can hit the ground running in 2024, making more trail.

Read our full Annual Letter here, or download it as a PDF.

Full flood report and trail status posted at our Flood Impacts statewide summary and ongoing updates page.

Winooski Bridge Project

The Bridge is Open!

And we are going full steam to build over 5 miles of new trail - to complete a connection from the Montpelier Bike Path up to U-32 and across East Montpelier to where the rail trail starts at Route 14.

A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the bridge and the first section of new trail to public use was held in 2022.

Throughout 2024 (after the flood delay of 2023) we are finishing the connection trails up to U-32. Then later in 2024 and 2025 we will continue working upstream along the river, before finally cutting across country to the old railbed again and coming out at Route 14.

Read updates and see the full project summary here. And - just for fun - still keeping the crazy drone footage posted up showing the amazing bridge launch across the water.

map of Winooski Bridge project trail phases

Click here for larger version of map.

CVTA Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025

Charting the way forward for the Cross Vermont Trail.

The Winooski Bridge is the start line, not the finish line. We are committed to thoughtfully persisting in the long term work needed to make real the vision of a trail across Vermont.

We will:

  • increase off road trail mileage
  • expand visibility of the work we do
  • build capacity to be a resilient organization
  • promote partnerships to strengthen regional trail networks and increase community vitality

Read the full plan here.

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The spirit of our statewide route.

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!

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Guidebook to nature and history along the Cross Vermont Trail.

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

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