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.

Volunteer Rally BBQ

April 25th – 11:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Brook Street Garage

You are invited to celebrate the great work of our volunteers and to get excited about helping out in the upcoming season!

We will be grilling up some food and talking about plans for the season and recognizing the great work done during the past year on the trails. Come and learn how you can help us to continue to make our trail system one of the best around.

Don’t forget to check out this Event on Facebook and let us know you’re coming – click here

MTA’s 2015 Season Plans

Hello Friends of Millstone Trails,

Millstone Trails Association is ending a fantastic winter season at the Barre Town Forest. Thanks to great work by our winter grooming team, there were trails available for skiing, fat biking, snowshoeing and walking. Even with frigid temperatures and a finicky snowmobile, volunteers were out grooming loops throughout our long winter.  Thanks to everyone who donated funds to help us cover our expenses during this time.  We were busy this winter planning the upcoming spring season and have information to get out to all of you.

vmbaLogo_2We are very excited to announce a new collaboration with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA).  MTA has decided to become a chapter of VMBA which will give you many additional benefits as members of Millstone Trails Association. We feel that this relationship will benefit both our trail users and MTA as a whole, since it will lift some of the administrative work from our small volunteer organization and add many new opportunities for members. You can learn more about the great benefits of MTA membership here.  For mountain bikers, a primary benefit of membership with MTA is a season pass for riding our trails.

Memberships are available for purchase now!  Get yours here before the season opens so you’ll be ready to ride!

Just as in years past, day passes will be required for mountain biking if you are not a member.  Once the season opens, we will be selling day passes at several area locations including Lawson’s store (cash only), in addition to online via our website. We look forward to relaying more information to you over the next month as we come closer to the start of the riding season.

Here are some of the highlighted changes being made for the upcoming season:

  • Mountain Bike Season Memberships can be purchased by going on to our website and clicking on Membership – this will allow you to choose us as your home chapter for your VMBA membership.  Check out all of the benefits of chapter membership here.
  • We have decided to no longer have a physical storefront in Websterville. We have come to the conclusion that the cost and time of renting and staffing the store would be better spent working on the trail system and developing relationships with area partners. Day passes for non-members will be purchasable at Lawson’s store right next door to our old shop, as well as several other area businesses which we will list on the website in the next few weeks.
  • The parking lot on Little John Road is no longer available for visitor parking. Visitors to the trails should park in the public parking lots for the Barre Town Forest (a large one off Brook Street in Websterville, and a smaller one near at the end of Barclay Quarry Road).  We are working on several other options and will keep you updated as things progress. For directions to the parking lots, please consult the maps on our Contact page.
  • The number one piece of feedback we have received from our trail users is that we need to work on our maps and signs. We have heard you and are taking action to shape things up. We want you to have a great time on the Millstone Trails, know where you are, and be able to effectively plan your visit. You need a map to do that and we want to you have one. To that end, our newly revised trail maps will be available free of charge this season.  For more info, see our Maps and Meet Our Trails pages.
  • We will also be signing the boundaries of the Millstone Trails. At a few locations throughout our network, trails appear to extend beyond the area maintained by the Millstone Trails Association. In these locations, we will have posted signs to let you know that you have reached the end of an MTA-maintained trail. If you continue beyond these signs you will enter private land for which MTA does not have an agreement to facilitate public access.

We encourage your participation and here are a couple of ways to get involved!

We are a non-profit organization that maintains the Millstone Trails, a network of non-motorized recreational trails in Central Vermont. Our trails traverse 1,500 acres of diverse and dramatic terrain, among historic quarries, New England villages, and Northern forests.  Donations and mountain bike passes are the source of funding that keep the Millstone Trails open.  100% of these funds go directly to trail maintenance, primarily materials and tools, parking maintenance and grooming trails in the winter, and the administrative expenses of operating a public recreation area.

Thank you for enjoying and supporting the Millstone Trails. Again we look forward to updating you with more information over the next month leading up to the beginning of the spring season.

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