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With accessible trailheads, dynamic terrain, and interconnected riding networks, Waterbury boasts some of the best mountain biking in the state. Whether you are a first timer, weekend warrior, or have a growing bucket list of trails, you’ll find rides for every ability ranging from peaceful to adrenaline-pumping. Waterbury offers bike-friendly accommodations with washes and secure lockups.
For up-to-date maps and information on trail conditions on Waterbury’s local bike trails, visit Waterbury Area Trail Alliance (WATA) website. WATA is a proud chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association and is committed to enhancing and maintaining our Waterbury area trails for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Offering 10 miles of some of the finest trails in the state, Perry Hill is known for classic trails that combine masterfully crafted flow with technical riding to suit bikers of all experience levels. Beginner riders will find plenty of trails at lower elevations for some fun loops. Technical riders will enjoy the significant rise, on-way trails, and rock spines.
Looking for a long, advanced ride? Start your 2.5 hour loop from the River Road tunnel and up a short, steep climb to the main network. Take Permission to the top, descend Burning Spear to Rastaman, and head back to the logging road. Climb back to Joe’s at the top, and flow down the loamy, open-pine Campfire trail. Finish with a high-speed descent back down the Fire Road.
For intermediate riders or first-timers to the Perry Hill network, you can’t go wrong with the three-mile Fast and Flowy Loops ride.
Little River State Park
With seven miles of single track trails built by WATA and the Vermont State Parks in partnership with renowned trail builder Knight Ide, Little River State Park has it all! Bikers experience a flowing climb and are rewarded at the top with over a mile and half of descent, including fast and flowy berms, step downs, and table tops. Travel on to the adjacent Mount Mansfield State Forest, from which many more miles of shared trails can be accessed.
Waterbury Basin Super Tour
Craving even more mountain biking adventure? This difficult 66-mile loop starts at Perry Hill and takes bikers along the Waterbury Reservoir and up into Stowe before returning to Perry Hill. With over 8,000 feet of climbing, this route is not for the faint of heart!
Dirt Road Biking
The dirt roads of the Waterbury region also present a peaceful opportunity to enjoy the forest, refreshing rivers, and occasional long-range views of Vermont’s mountains and valleys. On the back roads, a mountain bike or hybrid is the ticket to open-air cruising.
Winter “Fat Tire” Biking
Winter or “fat” biking is growing in popularity, but there are some considerations: dress appropriately, ride only on substantial snowpack, and yield to others such as Nordic skiers and those on snowshoes. NOTE: Winter “fat” biking is not permitted on Perry Hill Trails per the State of Vermont.