Temporary Route Notices
Storm damage, road construction, you name it. Check here for updates on temporary changes or impacts to plan around along the Cross Vermont Trail route. Use this information in addition to the information in our maps and cue sheets.
The big blowout in East Montpelier.
FIXED. Trail here is fully open as of 7/10/2021. The big blowout in East Montpelier is on the rail trail section about half way between Rte 14 and Country Club Rd. It happened in May 2011, and a new 600 foot long permanent bypass trail was completed and opened July 2021. Learn more here. This notice affects Map 5.
The other big blowout, this one in Wells River.
FIXED. Trail here is fully open as of 9/30/2020. There is a washed out culvert on the railbed in Wells River, just east of Blue Mt Union and just west of intersection with Route 302. Vt Forests, Parks and Rec has secured emergency funds to repair the trail, and it should be fixed Fall 2020. Meanwhile, the area can be safely accessed by coming down the Blue Mt Trail from the school parking lot.
Beavers repurpose railbed as dam. (Ongoing issues.)
We can't fault them for repurposing the railbed, that'd be the pot calling the kettle black. At various times, it ebbs and flows, beavers will block culverts under the old railbed and use it as a dam to make their pond. Sometimes they (busily) build their dams up taller than the old bed, and water spills over onto the trail making large puddles. It's dramatic and cool to see. Many people can just splash through. However, it does make the going more difficult. Periodically this happens in the Wells River Conservation area behind Blue Mountain Union, and in Groton State Forest west of Lanesboro. This notice affects Maps 1 and 3.