Southwestern VT Outdoor Recreation Resources

Screenshot of a trail map with caption "Recreation in the shires"

Recreation in the Shires of Vermont- The Bennington Chamber website has a collaborative map (not for use while hiking, but pairs well with the below website) highlighting some information about Recreation in the area and an overview map showing some of the recreation areas, as well as links to the places shown on the map.
Bennington-Trail-Map-6.7.19.pdf (113 downloads)

Ninja Path questions and updates visit the Bennington County Regional Commission website, or give them a call.

Town of Bennington Properties and Trails including the Y Woods.
Note: the current public access to Y Woods is not officially marked or signed by the Town or BATS
Best bet: Parking or riding from the pull off on Morgan Street/Middle Pownal Rd junction, and heading up through where the Career Development Center logs toward Park Lawn Cemetery. Neighbors of Y Woods from Cresecent Blvd have access points, but this isn’t official currently though it shows on the maps. Please respect the neighbors. In 2020, BATS volunteers and the Town hope work on improving signage.

Find Trails in Vermont and NH with TrailFinderTrail Finder Logo with compass!
BATS on TrailFinder.Info HERE
A website maintained by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance in Norwich, VT. Local organizations and land trust, etc have been adding information here. Very searchable and a great resource!


RISE VT Bennington County  The RISE VT program encourages healthy and resilient spaces where we live, work, play, and learn by celebrating and amplifying the great efforts in our communities. You can find us at some of you favorite local places and events across the region with engaging activities for all ages.

Follow them on Facebook as well, and look for an activity to get you moving!


In the Bershires
Berkshire NEMBA Chapter and their MTB Trails 

Mount Greylock State Reservation 

Trustees of Reservations Properties in the Berkshires

Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation 

Don’t forget you can always call your local bike shop, or gear shops locally for tips on places to go. Your local bookstore also has maps and guidebooks.

Outfitters Nearby
The Mountain Goat, Manchester, VT
Berkshire Outfitters, Adams, MA (Winter Gear and Kayaks Too)
Nature’s Closet, Williamstown, MA
Lots of hike info at the shops near Stratton like Equipe Sports and First Run /Mt. Snow area
Zoar Adventure Center (hike/whitewater/snowshoe/bike), Wilmington, VT
First Trax Sports Shop, Wilmington, Vt
Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, Brattleboro, VT (!! Everything!!)
Albany / Glens Falls Area

Bike Shops
Highlander Bicycle, Bennington, VT
Battenkill Bicycles, Manchester, VT
Equipe Sports/ Mountain Riders, Rawsonville and Stratton Mt., VT
Burrow’s Sports, Brattleboro, VT
The Spoke, Williamstown, MA
Berkshire Outfitters, Adams, MA
Tomhannock Bicycles, Johnsonville, NY

Resorts with Shops and Services
Bromley Mountain 
Magic Mountain
Stratton Mountain
Mt. Snow Resort

State Parks Near Bennington
Woodford State Park
Lake Shaftsbury State Park
Emerald Lake State Park
Molly Stark State Park

Lake Paran, North Bennington

Green Mountain National Forest Manchester Ranger District
Recreation Activities- South Zone/ Manchester Ranger District

Long Distance Trails- Did you know the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the oldest long distance hiking trail in the US, the Long Trail, are the same trail and go through Bennington and Woodford? Well, they do!
Learn More at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s website, or get a map at the Bennington Bookshop!
Current Trail Updates for the A.T.
Info on Parking and Transportation along the A.T. 
Leave No Trace Principles for Hiking with great videos

Learn More about the Long Trail from the Green Mountain Club
– Join an activity or a volunteer trail stewardship project with the GMC Bennington Section- posted on Meetup
– Find some tips for hiking in groups, or find some suggested day hikes.

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics – check out their  LNT You Tube Channel too