Trails are rated in difficulty similar to ski trails. The rating is on the map, but the rating color is different than the color the trail is blazed (markings on trees with our logo on them):
Green Circle= gentler grade, more beginner trail
Blue Square= intermediate, more hills, possibly more technical
Black Diamond= difficult, hillier, more technical, more stamina needed
Hops and Vines (Intermediate, Orange Blazes): was the first new trail that BATS built in the Fall of 2015. It was built with mountain biking in mind, but makes an excellent running, hiking, and xc skiing trail. It can be ridden both ways and runs from just south of the Everett Mansion down to Monument Ave by the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Halloween Tree (Intermediate, Red Blazes): Draws its name from an old growth burled sugar maple tree alongside the trail. The trail runs from the Carriage Road north of the Everett Mansion along the Northeastern flank of Mount Anthony, ending at the Garlic Festival field at Route 9 and Fox Hill Road. The trail was built in the Spring and Summer of 2016 and can be ridden in both directions.
The Cave Trail (Intermediate, Yellow Blazes): Connects the Carriage Road with the the Garlic Festival Field at Camelot Village. The Everett cave can be found just upslope from the southern portion of the trail.
Fieldhouse Trail (Beginner, Orange Blazes): Is a mowed path that connects the SVC fieldhouse to the Carriage Road
Carriage Road (Beginner, Yellow Blazes): Is a Beginner friendly trail which takes you along the old access road to the Everett Mansion. An old stone cobble road leads to an overlook with excellent views of the Vermont Valley, Battle Monument, and Green Mountains.
Everett Path (Intermediate, Red Blazes): Starts at the south end of the Everett Mansion parking lot by the kiosk, and runs along the gravel road to the water tank. It then runs above the mansion cascades descending down to the Carriage Road.
Ursa Way (Intermediate, Purple Blazes): climbs a steep pitch above the water tower, and follows an old logging road, eventually descending down to an open field with expansive views of Bennington and the Green Mountains. It is best biked South to North.
The Wall (Expert, Blue Blazes): Climbs sharply from the field above the Carriage road. Although a fine hiking trail, it is recommended as a descent on a bike.
Old Farm Road (Beginner): Can be used to climb back up to the Everett Mansion area from Monument Ave.
Hospital Trails (Beginner): Southern Vermont Medical Center has helped improve and expand their trail system adjacent to their campus. Most trails are well marked and make for excellent beginner biking and hiking trails.
PARKING INFORMATION for BATS Trails on Mt. Anthony
-Park near the existing kiosk at SVC at the Upper Mansion Lot. Please avoid parking at the Athletic Center.
Campus hours 8am-5pm. Parking Lot closed from 10pm-5am. No overnight parking
Use designated parking spots during the school year
-Park at Stark Street Town of Bennington Recreation Site & access via Southern VT Medical Center trails. Then cross road and access via the SVC Ballfields
-Park in town nearby and walk/bike in
-South end of the Camelot Village parking area- Follow sign on Fox Hill Drive. Respect property owners
-Bennington Center for the Arts- Call first, they save a few spots for us. Thank you!