Mountain bikers have more than 1000 miles of singletrack to explore in the Green Mountain State, from buff machine-built adaptive and beginner-friendly forest paths to steep and technical rock rolls, root mats, and swooping berms. In greater Burlington, Sunny Hollow, in Colchester, is a gentle introduction to Vermont mountain biking. Saxon Hill, in Essex, is famous for its flow. Ready to get rowdy? Head south to explore Hinesburg Town Forest, Carse, or Sleepy Hollow, and then throw on your knee pads and hop on the lift at Bolton Valley.
Road bikers can access endless miles of quiet back roads bordering cornfields polka-dotted with classic red barns and black and white Holsteins straight from Burlington. If you want a real test, the sinuous and steep Appalachian Gap hill climb is a rite of passage, though not for the faint of heart or thigh.
Gravel riders have a treasure trove of dirt byways to explore, as well as fourth class roads and trail galore. Be sure to find a stream to soak your tired legs post ride then reward yourself with a maple creemee, local microbrew, or a sweet treat from a local bakery.
For those who prefer to travel at a conversational pace, pedal the Burlington Bike Path to the Island Line Trail, then continue into the Champlain Islands with a bump from the bike ferry. Or try Local Motion’s Cycle the City route to learn about the history, culture, and natural splendor of Burlington.