Outdoor Rec GuideWalking
The health benefits of walking are well established and, whether you prefer a quiet walk, walking with others, or walking is your main mode of transportation, Poultney has options. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail is a 19.8 mile section of former railroad bed which is now a recreational trail that runs through the heart of Poultney Village. The D&H Rail Trail is multi-use and open to pedestrians, bicyclists and horseback riders in the summer and snowshoers, skiers and snowmobiles in the winter. A quiet walk on the Rail Trail is a good option any time of the year. Access points for pedestrians abound in the village and parking exists at the designated Rail Trail parking lot on Bentley Avenue.
Visit the ‘Path to Health and Wellness’ at 206 Furnace Street for a 350’ oval walking loop built with an older population in mind. The rubberized surface walking track is easy on the joints and fun for walkers of all ages. The outdoor pavilion at the Senior Center provides protection from the elements making this a nice spot for a rest too. The Senior Center also regularly hosts group walks.
Poultney has a beautiful network of wide sidewalks and walkways lining its historic village. Spend a day exploring the Village shops, the Rail Trail, the Poultney River, Slate Quarry Park, museums and eateries. Stone Valley Arts At Fox Hill is a great place to participate in visual art, music, theater, dance and literary arts programming. Or take your own guided tour; a ‘Main Street Poultney’ walking tour has been developed by the Poultney Historical Society.
Is a stroll on a classic Vermont village green on your wish list? A visit to historic East Poultney Village is a perfect go-at-your-own pace outing. The lovely green is connected to Poultney Village by a 1.5 mile off-street sidewalk and is easily accessible by bike. The East Poultney Village Green is well-loved and busy in the summer with outdoor concerts, festivals and Farm to Table dinners. Consider a Historical Walking Tour while you’re there and don’t forget to take in the view of the beautiful East Poultney Gorge.