Upcoming Forestry Activity

Dear Friends,

As most of you probably know, a large component of MTA’s trails run through the Barre Town Forest. We have been notified that a logging phase will likely be carried out this Winter in the Scrambler/Littlejohn/Sidewinder area of the forest. Periodic logging is a component of the forest management plan, and MTA is supportive of forest management, responsible timber harvest and habitat improvement. We are fortunate to have a close working relationship with Barre Town government as well as close contact with the forester involved, and we have already taken steps to ensure that our users’ interests will be protected. Even more fortunately, the forester is a trail user himself and understands the need to keep us informed of logging operations so we can plan accordingly and notify our trail users of trail closures so nobody gets hurt, and to keep trails free of slash piles.

The current timeline: starting this week, the forester will begin marking trees with blue paint and flagging. He anticipates that will take him two or three weeks. He will then put the project out to bid, with a logger awarded the bid in November. Logging will start mid-December and wrap up by the end of March.

We kindly ask that our users respect the responsible forestry activity, understanding that MTA is closely involved with the process, and not remove or hinder any of the flagging or forestry activities. We will continue to keep everyone informed of progress and any developments of interest.

Best regards,

Millstone Trails Association
Board of Directors

Commercial Shoot this Weekend

Users of the Barre Town Forest trails should be aware that there will be a crew shooting a commercial for the Trust for Public Land in the Barre Town Forest area of the trails this weekend.  The crew will be at various locations from 1-5 on Saturday and 6-10 on Sunday.  Please keep your heads up for safety if you’re riding the trails during those times; thanks for your consideration.

ICYMI: Recent Press Features

The MTA trails were the subject of some recent press coverage.  Thanks to these great local papers for introducing readers to Millstone!

Aaron Retherford of The World writes:

Millstone Hill has evolved from an industrial wasteland into a one-of-a-kind recreational getaway in central Vermont – complete with 32 miles of trails for mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, hikers, and snowshoers.

 

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Read the full article here:

Barre Town Forest, Millstone Trails thriving

Eric Blaisdell of the Barre Montpelier Times Argus also recently wrote about the Millstone Trails:

One of the prime attractions of the forest is the Millstone Trails network which serves snowmobilers in addition to hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers.

 

 

 

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.

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!

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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MTA Comes to TrailHub

trailhubWe are excited to announce that we will be using TrailHub this season to manage our trail statuses.  TrailHub.org allows users to sign up and follow their favorite organizations and trails, and receive instant notifications when statuses change or there are important info alerts sent out from the organization.

Check out our TrailHub status widget on our Trail Conditions page, then head on over to TrailHub.org to sign up, log in and subscribe to Millstone Trails Association for real-time updates on trail status.

A direct link to our page on TrailHub can be found here.

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