North Branch Trails Initiative

Expanding Montpelier’s Access to Outdoor Recreation. A Healthy Choice. Good for Business. Fun for the Whole Family.

Towns across Vermont are capitalizing on visitors to their towns to ride bikes, hike, ski, and recreate on their trails, on their lakes and rivers, and in their forests. A new economic impact report released by the Vermont Trails & Greenways Council found that Blueberry Lake bike trails in Warren bring in $1.8 million annually to the Mad River Valley. The totals come from looking at direct consumer spending associated with using trails (trail tickets, rentals, etc.), and the activities recreationists love doing before and after hitting the trails, such as visiting nearby watering holes, shopping, or grabbing a bite to eat.

Now it’s Montpelier’s turn.

North Branch Park can be a potential hub for new shared-use trails which, once built, will greatly expand local options for family-friendly riding and other outdoor activities. Last year, a working group of trail advocates, led by then Mayor John Hollar, began laying the groundwork for new trail building within the city’s limits with a specific focus on providing more trail recreation options that are easily accessible from downtown.

The trail plan, designed by professional trail builder Brooke Scatchard of Sinuosity Flowing Trails and commissioned by the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA), proposes improvement of existing trails and the addition of nearly four miles of new, shared-use trail in North Branch Park, just below Sparrow Farm. The plan, which was approved unanimously by the Montpelier Parks Commission, will provide the Montpelier community with sustainable trails that the whole family can enjoy. Hikers, runners, mountain bikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers will all enjoy more trails right in town.

This trail system is just one mile from the heart of downtown Montpelier.

This trail plan will:

  • Add 4 miles of new shared-use trails and upgrade 2 miles of trail (to be rideable by mountain bikes) within city limits
  • Improve on and in some cases reconstruct existing trails to make them more sustainable and user friendly
  • Include adequate signage
  • Be environmentally responsible [in terms of limiting impact on the ecosystem and being sustainable!]
  • Provide trails that are family friendly, including beginner-friendly trail
  • Allow for a multi-phased approach to trail building and improvement

The approved trail plan can be seen online.

Over the next year, MAMBA will fundraise to make the North Branch Trails Initiative a reality. The trail plan has a price tag of $114,000.

Your tax-deductible gift today will provide the support needed to expand Montpelier’s access to outdoor recreation.

With your donation, MAMBA promises to:

  • Thank you and provide a receipt for your tax-deductible donation!
  • Update you on our fundraising progress
  • Invite you to a trail building kickoff event, trailside
  • Keep you informed on the trail building process
  • Include you in our Tour de North Branch, where we will walk or ride the trails with you

Together we will expand Montpelier’s access to outdoor recreation. It’s the healthy choice. It’s good for business. And it’s guaranteed fun for the whole family. Thank you for supporting this effort.

Donations can be sent to:

Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association
P.O. Box 1091
Montpelier, VT 05601

Checks should be made payable to Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association.

We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so please let us know if you want a donation receipt for tax purposes.


(note: 2.75% service fee)

Photos of Project (Phase 1) Work In Progress

Key Grantors and Businesses Sponsoring this Initiative