June Volunteer Day Change

395928_415643608473094_712171612_nWant to help out on the trails? Volunteers, take note: MTA’s next trail day will be held on Sunday, June 19 at 8am. (instead of Saturday as previously scheduled). Meet at the town forest parking, 44 Brook street. We will be repairing the Locomotion elevated dirt bridge. Bring gloves, bug spray and a shovel. MTA will bring the rest!

Tuesday Night Group Rides – Join Us!

Credit: Jeb Wallace-BrodeurCome out and join MTA for Tuesday night group rides at Millstone all season long! The first one gets underway on June 14th at 5:30. Meet at the 44 Brook St. parking lot. Rides will be based on fun, not speed or ability level. All are welcome. You must have a mountain bike; no cycle cross, bmx or road bikes allowed. Bring a helmet and bike lights are encouraged. For more information, contact us!

Commune with Nature on Alternate Sunday Mornings!

Samantha Ryan "Maiden Hair Fern"
Samantha Ryan “Maiden Hair Fern”

Commune with Nature on Alternate Sunday Mornings!

Beginning Sunday, June 12, at 9:00 am and continuing on alternate Sundays (watch The World for dates), join naturalist Samantha Ryan for easy to moderate walks through the forest. Bring your camera for advice on photo-worthy sights, including fungi and bugs. Meet at the kiosk at 44 Brook St., Websterville 05678 parking area.

Questions? Can’t make any of these days/times? Call Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details or to set up a personal tour.

Join the Tuesday Morning Walkers!


Join the Tuesday Morning Walkers!

Every Tuesday at 9:00 am, beginning June 7, 2016, and continuing through September, join Marianne Kotch and Suzy Klinefelter for easy to moderate walks, exploring various trails and lookouts. All ages and newcomers are always welcome. All walks begin at the kiosk at the 44 Brook St., Websterville 05678 parking area and last approximately an hour and a half. If it’s raining enough for an umbrella, the walk will be cancelled.

Questions? Can’t make any of these days/times? Call Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details or to set up a personal tour.

Disc Golf Tournament this Saturday

QuarryDiscGolf_LogoTownThis Saturday, May 28 from about 8AM to 6PM, there will be a Green Mtn Disc Golf Tournament at The Quarries course. We expect approx. 75 players from around New England and Canada, bringing some of the top regional players to our area. The 44 Brook St lot will be pretty full due to this; please consider alternate parking areas to access the trails on this day. Also, keep a heads up if you are riding on bike trails around the course – we kindly ask that bikers yield to disc golf players as they’ll have morning and afternoon rounds in process. This is a VT and New England points series event, spectators are encouraged, but The Quarries Disc Golf would like to keep the course area clear of hindrances that might impede play. We appreciate your cooperation and consideration!

Help Fairies Live in Our Forest!

Cody Chouinard
Photo: Cody Chouinard

Help Fairies Live in Our Forest!

Saturday, May 14 – 1:00 pm

Fairy House Storytime

Join children’s librarian and bagpiper Ian Gauthier at the kiosk at the 44 Brook St., Websterville parking area for a short walk and stories followed by fairy house building with natural materials. For kids preschool and up and their parents. No need to bring anything, but dress for conditions. If it rains, we will unfortunately have to cancel. Call Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details.

Time to Ride – We are Open

Millstone Trails is officially open for the mountain biking season today!  The weather is beautiful, come out and ride.

Don’t forget, day passes are required for mountain biking.  You can find out where to buy them right here.

Or, consider becoming a Member.  Membership supports our trail maintenance efforts, gets you a host of benefits from VMBA and pays for itself after just 5 rides.  Check out all the details here.

Happy riding!

Fling into Spring!

Opening for Mountain Biking…Soon!

Spring is finally starting to warm up around Millstone, and the ‘Winter that almost was’ is finally showing signs of moving on, which means we are getting close to opening day!  Trails are still drying out and there’s still snow out there, so we aren’t open for mountain biking yet, but we are hopeful about opening in early May.  Stay tuned to our Trails Status page or TrailHub to know when; we’ll let you know as soon as our date is set.  We will also be posting information about where you’ll be able to buy day passes for mountain biking this year, including some exciting new locations.  In the meantime, come out for a hike!  Pedestrian activities are always free at Millstone.


Millstone volunteers came out in force to assist with clean-up on several of our trails following logging operations this Winter.  We are happy to report that the trails are in great shape following the forestry work, thanks in no small part to our dedicated volunteers.

MTA will be holding monthly trail work days this year; all trail users are invited to come along and help out.  Check out the calendar on our Events page for details.  Drop a line to our Trail Crew via the Volunteering option on our Contact page with any questions!

Membership – Join Us!

Membership sales for the 2016-2017 season are open!  MTA is a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, and joining entitles you to a host of great benefits provided by VMBA, many of which are of benefit even to non-riders.  Best of all, VMBA members who choose MTA as their home chapter or as an add-on chapter don’t have to buy day passes to ride.  One membership purchase and you’re good to go for the season.  Stop by our membership page to join today!  All proceeds go directly to supporting the efforts of our volunteer-based, non-profit organization in maintaining and improving our trails.

12983929_10154107979986672_3801202939185911004_oBoard of Directors – Changes and Openings

In Board news, MTA is pleased to welcome Beth Mueller to the Board of Directors.  Beth has been an active trails user for some time and we look forward to her input and contributions to our organization.  MTA’s former President, Nathan Reigner, has moved on; we thank him for his service and wish him well in future endeavors.  Former President Marcy Christian and current Vice-President Dirk Anderson are sharing leadership duties until MTA’s next annual meeting in October when the Board will elect MTA’s next President.

Meanwhile, we welcome nominations for new Board members.  If you or someone you know is interested in serving on our volunteer Board of Directors, please drop us a line!

Winter is Coming

10372270_10153005086596672_3990133278110196508_nMTA is gearing up for what we hope will be another successful winter season filled with lots of winter trail use by skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers and more.  We have some big plans and announcements coming soon!

In the meantime, if you are interested in joining our communication list for wintertime volunteering, please drop us a line via the contact form here (select Volunteering as your subject).  We do hope to be grooming trails again once the snow is deep, so experienced snowmobile drivers are encouraged to get in touch.  We’d also love to hear from our avid snowshoers who have favorite routes and trails in the winter.

Finally, we can always use your support, whether it’s #givingtuesday or just a normal day.  Consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support our efforts by clicking here.  All of your money goes directly back into the trails.

Stay tuned, and think snow!

End of Season Info

Cody Chouinard
Photo by Cody Chouinard

The regular mountain biking season will end for us this week with the onset of rifle hunting season.  Friday, November 13th will be your last day to ride.  Rifle deer season opens the next day, and hunting is permitted in the Town Forest.  Our trails are closed to bikers from November 14th – December 14th.  After that date, when muzzleloader season ends, we’ll look forward to hopefully providing quality terrain for all users throughout the winter, including fat bikers.  More information about our winter plans will be coming soon, as well as updates on the logging operations that will be ongoing in sections of the Forest.

Our trails never close to pedestrian activities, but we recommend that walkers stay out of the Town Forest during hunting season for their own safety.

Enjoy your last week on the Rock and stay tuned!

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