Outdoor Rec GuideSnowshoeing
A beautiful way to spend a sunny winter day, snowshoeing opportunities abound in the Poultney area. Snowshoes are available to rent at the Poultney Public Library.
Castleton University Trails, easy and well-marked with no significant climbs, offer a great opportunity to get out your snowshoes. The trailhead is located at 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT, with parking at the start of the Rail Trail on Main Street in Castleton, or in the parking lot just north and east of the Rail Trail as it crosses South Street on the Castleton University campus. An informational kiosk is located along the Rail Trail in between the college lots.
The Castleton University Trails are also open to cross country skiing, and in the spring, summer and fall you’ll find hiking, mountain biking and running opportunities.
The Delaney Woods Trailhead accesses 5 miles of multi-use trails open to snowshoeing. Access is located on East Delaney Cross Road in Wells. This trailhead is managed by Slate Valley Trails.
The Delaney Woods Trailhead features cross country skiing, and in the spring, summer and fall you’ll find hiking loops and beginner to intermediate mountain bike terrain.
The Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail is a 19.8 mile section of former railroad bed in western Rutland and Bennington counties which is now a recreational trail. The D&H Rail Trail is a multiple use trail open to snowshoers, skiers and snowmobiles. In the warmer months, recreation opportunities include walking/hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Parking is available at the Rail Trail parking lot on Bentley Avenue in Poultney village.
The D&H Rail Trail traverses through scenic countryside with views of hills, villages, farms, fields and forests. Warm up after in the heart of Poultney’s downtown!
The Endless Brook Trailhead features several loops suitable for snowshoeing, with connectivity to more than 47 miles of multi-use trails. Access is located at Endless Brook Road, 0.8 miles from Route 30, with limited parking available. The trails also connect to the Fairgrounds and Country Club trailheads, all managed by Slate Valley Trails.
The Endless Brook Trailhead also offers cross country skiing, and in the spring, fall and summer, it boasts intermediate to advanced mountain bike terrain and hiking loops.
The Fairgrounds Trailhead features several loops suitable for snowshoeing, with connectivity to more than 47 miles of multi-use trails. Access is located at 131 Town Farm Road in East Poultney. The trails also connect to the Country Club and Endless Brook trailheads, all managed by Slate Valley Trails.
The Fairgrounds Trailhead also offers cross country skiing opportunities. In the spring, summer and fall, this trail boasts several hiking loops and family-friendly beginner to advanced mountain bike terrain
Lake St. Catherine State Park has long been a destination for recreation enthusiasts looking for a place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. In the winter months, snowshoeing is available on the 1.8 mile network of easy to moderate multi-use trails. Once sufficiently frozen, the lake itself provides ample opportunity for outdoor exploration. The fishing access parking area is plowed throughout the winter and Port-a-lets are provided.
During the spring, summer and fall months, the 117-acre park offers a multitude of options for day use visitors and campers alike, including hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, and more.