New Trail Nearing Completion

The new trail that we are constructing this summer, built by Sinuosity and legendary trail builder Brooke Scatchard, is making great progress and will be open soon!  This trail is part of MTA’s efforts to create a “beginner loop” that will circumnavigate most of the Barre Town Forest property.  The goal of this trail is to have a pathway from the Brook Street parking lot over to the Barclay Quarry Rd lot that isn’t extremely technical.  From there, options such as Westside are available for return to the Brook St lot, making for a complete loop that will be usable by beginner and intermediate bike riders, all kinds of runners and walkers — just about everyone.  It will also give use a reliable route for winter grooming so that we can avoid the wet areas and have a usable winter trail on that side of the forest much sooner than in years past, when we have had to wait for the “Serenity” area to completely freeze up before we can groom.

We will be hosting a trail opening ceremony when the trail is complete.  Stay tuned for info!

Until then, please respect the trail barriers and do not use the trail.  We have already had some horseback riders circumvent the barriers and tear up the trail.  This trail needs to settle properly before use in order to be able to effectively shed water the way it’s designed to. That’s critical for ensuring it’s a responsible trail. Tearing up the trail before it’s ready and open is counterproductive. Please don’t use the trail before it’s open!

This trail build is made possible by the generous financial support of our users, and a grant from VMBA.

Trail Day: July 9 – Volunteers Needed!

The gnome has been at it again!
Come learn how to build and repair an elevated trail bridge!
No previous experience necessary; just bring a pair of work gloves and show up at the 44 Brook St. Garage in Websterville.
Volunteers make the Millstone Trails what they are — come out and have some fun in the woods with a great group of folks!

Trail Day: June 11 – Volunteers Needed!

Millstone Trails Work Day:

Sunday, June 11, 8 AM – Please note change of date from previous post!

Come learn how to build a split log trail bridge!

No previous experience necessary; just bring a pair of work gloves and show up at the 44 Brook St. Garage in Websterville.

Volunteers make the Millstone Trails what they are — come out and have some fun in the woods with a great group of folks!

 

Vernal Pools – Scouting the New Trail

In addition to trails, quarries and lots of rocks, the Millstone Trails are home to a wide variety of ecosystems.  One of these is called the “vernal pool” which, in our neck of the woods, plays host to salamanders and certain species of frogs.

Vernal pools, also called vernal ponds or ephemeral pools, are temporary pools of water that provide habitat for distinctive plants and animals. They are considered to be a distinctive type of wetland usually devoid of fish, and thus allow the safe development of natal amphibian and insect species unable to withstand competition or predation by fish. — Wikipedia

This summer, we will be developing a section of trail in hopes of establishing a more beginner-friendly route through the Town Forest section.  This work is made possible in part by a grant from the Vermont Mountain Bike Association.  On a recent scouting walk through the area, we visited two of these pools, together with Caitlin Cusack of the Vermont Land Trust and Carl Rogers, Barre Town Manager.  Luckily, our new trail won’t disturb these protected areas.  They are interesting sites to visit, though, and just one of many fascinating features to be found at Millstone.

Opening Day: this Saturday!

Opening Day for Mountain Biking:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

(weather permitting)

The trails are looking good and so’s the weather, so as long as those two things hold true, MTA will open the Millstone Trails to mountain biking this Saturday!

Now is a great time to grab your membership if you haven’t already.  A membership means you don’t have to buy day passes, and pays for itself after just five rides.  Plus, you get a host of added benefits from VMBA.

Bikers without memberships are required to purchase day passes.  They can be had on this website (purchase page will go live later in the week) or at a number of local partner shops. As always, pedestrian activities are free.

Trail Day: May 21 – Volunteers Needed!

Millstone Trails Work Day:

Sunday, May 21, 8 AM

Come learn how to build a trail bridge!

No previous experience necessary; just bring a pair of work gloves and show up at the 44 Brook St. Garage in Websterville.

Volunteers make the Millstone Trails what they are — come out and have some fun in the woods with a great group of folks!

Logging Clean-Up Day!

Millstone Trails Work Day, Sunday April 23, 2017, 8AM

Millstone Trails Work Day

Sunday, April 23, 2017

8:00 AM

This Sunday we will be having a trail work day to clean up from this winter’s logging operations, to make the trails in the logging area usable this summer.  There’s a lot to do, so we need all the help we can get!  All you need is some boots, gloves and a pair of hands.  Bring rakes and pruners if you got ’em.  We will meet at the garage at 44 Brook St, Websterville, VT 05678 at 8:00 AM and then head over to the logging area.  If you can’t make the start, feel free to head over toward the Heifer Pasture trail area later on; we shouldn’t be hard to find.

Welcome to the Board – Elle O’Casey

MTA is pleased to announced that Elle O’Casey has joined our volunteer Board of Directors.  Elle has worked in the field of recreation and conservation for several years now both in the US and abroad.  Her work with the National Park Service Stewardship Institute and the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program will undoubtedly be of great value to MTA and its users.  We are glad to have her on board!

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