News from Bennington Area Trail System

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BATS Pump Track Update and Stay to Stay Weekend

The pump track on Stark Street adjacent to the SVHC trails is open, but there will be an excavator working on the nature playground still. PLEASE stay out of the way! We encourage walking to the pump and not parking in the way, nor on any lawns or the side of the road. This is […]

road on the left with signage for Southern Vermont College. One sign reads, "road closed". Second reads "BATS TRAIL OPEN" with left arrow reading "parking" and the url, the third on the right is SVC sign with a "No Tresspassing Sign" and a security/cameras on the property sign.

BATS Trail and Parking for SVC Access Points-

Please view the most recent article from the 7.14.19 Bennington Banner article by going: READ ARTICLE HERE We encourage you to subscribe to the Banner to support local news. By Banner staff BENNINGTON — The Bennington Area Trail System board of directors has provided a community update regarding trail access to the BATS trails on the […]

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Pump Track Grill & Chill, Wednesday, 7/3, 5-7PM

BATS would like to invite our community to the Pump Track at the Stark Street Playground over the 4th of July holiday! Our main goal is to introduce our community to the pump track. Our secondary goals are to introduce you to Bennington Area Trail System volunteer board members and trail community, as well as […]


SVC Trail Access Update 6.21.19

Southern Vermont College Trail Access Updates   (UPDATED 6/21/19) – During this time of transition with Southern Vermont College (SVC) and its property being held by the banks due to SVC closure, we will post updates regarding current trailhead access and parking on our homepage, News blog, E-News, and Facebook page, as access may change again. We […]


BATS Trail Access & Parking Update from SVC- Updated 5/13/19

Dear BATS Trail Community, As SVC prepares to close, during this time of transition, we have a few updates regarding current trailhead access and parking. Please look to our website, E-News, and Facebook page for updates as access may change again. We will share a press release with an update if necessary. Trail Access and […]

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Pump Track Build Update

This past Tuesday and Thursday we had Tom Lepesqueur of Lepesqueur & Daughters LLC here constructing our pump track at Stark Street. EXCITING! A big Thank you to the Vermont Mountain Bike Association for awarding BATS a grant toward this project, as well as to those who bought bike raffle tickets! Making dreams come true! […]

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Trail Update- We’re Open & SVC Updates 4/16/19

WE’RE OPEN! The trails in the banana belt of Vermont are ready to ride/hike/run! Lots of BATS folks were out this warm spring weekend enjoying the trails on Mount Anthony. We’ve cleaned up most of the trails, done some leaf blowing, but still have a few blowdowns to clear. The mountain is surprisingly dry, but […]


Trail Update- SVC Vehicular Access to Trails in Upper lot Temporarily Closed (3/11/19):

For the privacy and security of their students, Southern Vermont College (SVC) has temporarily closed vehicular access past the field house. Normal trail access via Route 9 (Camelot Village) or the Hospital (Hops and Vines Trail) continue, although hikers and bikers are reminded to stay off the trails when they are soft. Despite this temporary […]


Hops and Vines Reroute Update and then some

A few updates we want you to be aware of: Merry Merry Holiday time to you! We want to take a moment to thank all our volunteers and members who’ve helped us build trail, maintain trail, build trail, flag new ideas, make dreams come true, saw down blowdowns, rake/blow leaves, spend hours of admin time, […]


14th Annual Backcountry Film Festival – Friday, January 11th at Williams College

Thanks to the Williams Outing Club partnering with BATS, we are able to host the Backcountry Film Festival again this coming year!  14TH Annual Backcountry Film Festival WHEN – Friday, January 11, 2019 Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts at 7PM WHERE – Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in the Bernhard Music Center 54 Chapin Hall Drive, […]