A TRULY UNIQUE VERMONT EXPERIENCE
The Millstone Trails are an outstanding network of multi-use trails traversing the historic quarry lands of Millstone Hill. The trails wind their way through northern hardwood and coniferous forests and along exposed granite spines. While best known for truly unique and challenging mountain biking with unusual manmade and natural stone features, Millstone is a wonderful place for family hikes, picnics, trail running and horseback riding. There’s also a world-class, 18-hole disc golf course designed by Al Rosa that is free to the public. In the winter months, the trails are perfect for snowshoeing or fat bikes, and some of the trail network is groomed for cross-country skiing.
Our 70+ miles of trails traverse 1,500 acres of diverse and dramatic terrain, among historic quarries, New England villages, and regenerating forests. The Millstone Trails network is divided into three main sections. Each of these three areas provide different recreational and scenic opportunities.
The Barre Town Forest is home to the oldest of the Millstone Trails.
Gnome Man’s Land has trails purpose built for adventurous mountain biking.
The Canyonlands have the quietest and most contemplative feel.
All of these area are connected and can be accessed with short road crossings. Mountain bikers looking for a challenge will not be disappointed. Millstone’s technical terrain, complete with rock piles, elevated bridgework and skinnies, will appeal to intermediate and expert riders alike. With trail names like Angry Gnome, Screamin Demon and Rollercoaster, how can you go wrong? There are also miles of beginner trails so mountain bikers of all levels can enjoy this diverse terrain.
While exploring the trails, be sure to enjoy the unique features of the Millstone areas including: scenic vistas of the Green Mountains from towering grout (waste granite) piles, dramatic quarries now filled with turquoise water, and relics from the old quarrying days. In honor of the area’s past, there are wooden signs along the trails that tell about the quarries’ history, providing a learning experience along with your ride. Keep your eyes open for the unique sculptures and friezes carved into the stone piles and walls along the trails. The Millstone Trails are made possible because of the generous recreational access offered by the Town of Barre and Rock of Ages quarry corporation.
Millstone offers some of the most technical single-track mountain biking in New England.
Millstone Trails Association is a non-profit organization that maintains the Millstone Trails network of non-motorized recreational trails in Central Vermont. Buy your pass, find maps and park at the Millstone Hill Touring Center at 34 Church Hill Road in Websterville.