Mountain Biking

At Ascutney Trails, you’ll find a 30-mile network of mapped and marked mountain bike trails spanning the ski area in Brownsville, and the adjacent West Windsor Town Forest.  Carefully planned and routed to guide you through some of the most beautiful and diverse terrain in New England, the hand-built trails stand as a premier destination for mountain-bikers from all over the northeast and beyond.  The trails are built and maintained by our friends at Sports Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), and offer a challenging and enjoyable riding experience for mountain-bikers of all skill levels.

The most current trail information can be found here: www.stabvt.org/trails-report

Three trail-heads each offer something a little different:

Ski Tow Rd/Ascutney Outdoors Center – these trails offer riding for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders with primarily single-track terrain: switchback climbs, bridges and boardwalks, technical rock features and cruisy mountain traverses.

Town Forest/Coaching Lane – Riding from here is better suited to intermediate and advanced riders and offers a variety of primarily single-track terrain: rock gardens, rollers, bridges, up and down through forest glades, bermed flow trails and some ‘old school’ technical sections.

State Park Trail-head – The 3.5-mile trail network here is novice and kid-friendly, but intermediate-enjoyable with single and double-track terrain: flat and gently undulating through the woods, bridges and boardwalks, switchbacks, dirt rollers and one big hill to challenge all skill levels.

Suggested Loops and Maps

A map with suggested routes is highly recommended so you can enjoy riding trails that match your ability.  Maps are available to purchase at the nearby Climb Fitness Center (223 Hotel Rd.), as well as nearby bike shops Paradise Sports (Windsor, VT) and Claremont Cycle Depot (Claremont, NH).  If you don’t have a map, look out for the trail markers at each intersection to guide you around the trails: green for beginners and blue for intermediate and black for advanced.

Visit our ‘location’ page for more information and directions to each trail-head.

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Photo by Felicity Knight