Orientation Ride this Saturday

IMG_2235aNew to Millstone? Visiting for the first time? Been here before but want a better idea of how to get around?
Join Nathan on Saturday (8/22/15) at 10:00am for an orientation ride. We’ll go on an orientation ride around the network and show you what’s where. Speed and route will be tailored to those interested. All are free to break off the group an seek their own adventure. The whole goal is to help you find the trails you want to ride. Whether beginner or extreme, we’ll help you learn your way around Millstone.
Meet at the Brook Street parking (http://www.millstonetrails.com/contact/) at 9:45am for a 10:00am departure. Look for the handsome man with a beard…

Snowmobile for Sale

10906245_10153005086551672_3380404401709789427_nMTA is hoping to find a buyer for our snowmobile as part of our plans to hopefully continue our free, multi-use program this winter. It’s a Ski-Doo Scandic 500, circa 19??. It’s seen better days and for liability reasons we can no longer use it with volunteers. It runs, but likes to decide on its own when to stop running. With the right repairs it might serve someone well, as it does great work when it’s moving. Or it would be good for parts. Contact us with any questions and please share with anyone who might be interested. We will consider all offers.

The snowmobile has been sold!  Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for more news about our upcoming Winter program.

TrailHub for Up-to-the-Minute Trails Info!

As part of our efforts to streamline information from the trails to the public, TrailHub will now be our primary tool for conveying trails status updates.  We encourage all users to sign up at TrailHub.org, where you can favorite MTA’s trails and have condition change notifications sent to you instantly.  This Trail Conditions blog section will now be reserved for broader information such as permanent trail alterations, parking lot updates, etc.  “Trails Open/Trails Closed” information will be delivered through TrailHub; you can see the widget listing all of our trails on this page, or visit MTA’s TrailHub page here.

Millstone Grind; New Parking Option

Riders take note: the Millstone Grind XC and Marathon MTB race will be held this Sunday, May 31st!  An exciting event which always draws many participants from around the region; don’t miss it!  For all the details including registration, camping info and course details, visit the event organizers at http://www.millstonegrind.com

MTA is also pleased to announce that we have added a new parking option.  The “Southgate Parking” lot is available to trail users at 277 Websterville Road.  This is located just down the street from Lawson’s store (where you can purchase your Day Pass, munchies and drinks) and is just a short stretch away from several trail entry points.  Here’s a road map to help you find your way (the parking lot is also noted on our online trails map here):

277 Websterville Road, Websterville


Online Day Pass Purchases Now Live

ticketrollDay Passes for mountain biking can now be purchased online through our website, by visiting this page.  Many thanks to our friends at VMBA for setting things up for us.  You can buy multiple passes in one go using this form, and you can specify the date of use ahead of time.  We hope this will make it even easier for riders to plan ahead and hit the trails with as little inconvenience as possible.

Remember, you can also pick up Day Passes at any of 5 convenient retail locations.  And pedestrian activities on our trails are always free of charge.

We also encourage regular riders to purchase a Membership.  It doesn’t take long to pay for itself and the benefits are huge.  Learn all about it here.

Enjoy the ride!



Season Opens Today!

The 2015 MTA mountain biking season opens today.  Our trails are ready; get out and Ride the Rock!

Important Info: Parking

Our parking options have changed this year.  The parking lots on LittleJohn Road and Church Hill Road are no longer in service.  Riders may now park in the Town Forest parking lots on Brook St. and Barclay Quarry Rd, both of which are directly adjacent to the trail system.  For directions and maps, see our Contact & Directions page.

Day Passes

MTA_2015_Summer-thumbDay Passes can now be purchased at five convenient locations.  See our Passes page for details.  Note that a Day Pass is required to ride the trails, unless you are a Member.  Pedestrian activities are always free of charge.

New Maps!

We have redesigned our maps and are proud to announce that we have two new maps available for public use.  Even better: our maps are now free!  You can download high resolution copies from this page if you’d like to print your own, or pick up a map from one of our Day Pass sales locations.

We hope you have a great season on the trails!

ROA Road Use

Hey folks,
Rock of Ages will be using the haul road at the Roller Coaster and Angry Gnome rd crossings. Heavy equipment such as dump trucks, bulldozers and loaders will be active in this area a summer. DO NOT ride your bike on this road! Cross the haul road with caution at one of the two crossings only. Do not loiter in the road. Stop and look both ways as if you were on a busy stretch of road in the city.
Unfortunately, some riders have already been out before we open this weekend and have used this road causing some distraction for the workers on the area.
An alternate route to Websterville road will be on Abbots run just after the haul road crossing on Roller Coaster.
Please share this with friends and help get the word out. DO NOT USE THIS ROAD! We want to continue riding over there so please respect ROA’s project.
Thanks, Trail crew

Trails to Open May 16 at Forest Open House

Our planned opening date for this season of May 16th will coincide with the Barre Forest Open House event. MTA will be on hand to lead bike tours and welcome folks to the new season at Millstone.  The event will have a lot to offer everyone, including:

• Fairy House Building with Story Reading & Bagpipe music by Ian Gauthier at 1:00pm
• Spring Awaking Walk Led by Samantha Ryan at 11:00am
• Learn to Disc Golf –Ongoing
MTA Guided Bike Tours at 11:00am and 1:00pm
• Times Argus Word Scramble/Scavenger Hunt Game – Ongoing
• Onion River Sports Bike Inspection and Maintenance Clinic – Ongoing
• R&L Archery GPS Geo Caching Clinic – Ongoing

There will be cash food concessions to benefit Trow Hill Playground Restoration Project, many tables displaying activities and opportunities by Various Groups. Recreation groups: MTA, Recreation Commission, Thunder Chickens, Quarries Disc Golf, Trust for Public Land, Vermont Land Trust, R & L Archery, Onion River Sports.


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