Take a pedal-powered tour through our roads and woods.
Cycling in the Western Slopes area is both challenging and rewarding – the climbs are arduous, but the coasting views down into the valleys are well worth it. It’s not uncommon to see packs of jerseys and single riders enjoying both the ride and the countless opportunities for good resting spots along the way. Shoulders are narrow in spots, but motorists are generally very good about sharing the road. A popular 55-mile loop around Camels Hump, the Appalachian Gap, starts at the Richmond park-and-ride at exit 11 off the I-89 and follows country roads and routes 17, 2, and 100 through towns, farmland, and along several rivers and streams. Andthe Cross Vermont Trail, a statewide network of cycling trails, comes right through the town of Richmond.
Our woods and pastures are streaked with mountain bike trails that range from wide, meandering paths for beginners to some seriously hairy advanced single track. Good bets include the Richmond River trail for a fun, easy ride along the river for about two miles, or find a trail that suits your interest and abilities at Fellowship of the Wheel.
The Green Mountain Bicycle club does a weekly group training ride every Tuesday evening during the spring, summer and fall. The group meets in front of the Round Church. Visit their website for details.
For more information, please see our Hiking & Climbing page for more trails in the Richmond area. Some of these trails are also open to mountain biking.
CHECK OUT THESE TRAIL MAPS:
Richmond Trails Map: http://www.richmondvt.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/RichmondTrailsMapJan2015.pdf