News from Bennington Area Trail System

A Backcountry Film Fest ‘Thank You’

A belated and very large ‘Thank You’ to EVERYONE that volunteered, attended or donated something to the Backcountry Film Festival we co-hosted on January 11th! If you like this event, and can help plan for next year, please email ! Planning will have to start by the end of summer. Silvia is stepping down […]

poster of skier and backcountry film fest information


Calling all winter enthusiasts! Get ready to get goosebumps while you “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” at the impact and importance of our winter wildlands through this collection of short films. The fifteenth annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show in Williamstown on Saturday, January 11 at the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall in the Bernhard Music […]

People dressed in costumes (Uncle Sam, knomes), on bicycles on a course marked with yellow tape

Volunteer for the Wicked Creepy Cyclocross Race

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 13th ANNUAL WICKED CREEPY CYCLOCROSS (CX) RACE  We are just over two weeks out from the 13th Annual (a nice creepy number) Wicked Creepy Cyclocross (CX) race, which is a major fundraiser for BATS. This event is not possible without volunteers, and we need you, especially on Saturday, 10/26 for Setup […]

statue holding it's head. head wears orange hat to remind people to wear orange.

Hunting Season Reminders and Trail Closures

BATS members, volunteers, and community members,  Hunting season for deer begins tomorrow (Saturday). Many BATS Trails are closed to hike/bike/walking during this short window of time for hunting. Please respect the trail closures as our partnerships with landowners are VERY important to keeping the trails open for all. It’s the least we can do to […]

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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 […]

flyer with hexagon and text about Pump Track Grill and chill. 2 bicycles on the hexagon.

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 […]

Read: Do Not ride pump track yet! It needs to settle! We are excited too, don't ruin Tom's hard work and be respectful. Updates posted at : and Red border with red no bicycles symbol sign on left with BATS logo on bottom right.

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! […]