Trails and land currently ARE OPEN to all foot traffic: hiking, hunting and fishing. But currently closed to bikes
The Victory Hill Sector trails are the result of years of volunteer work and investment in professional trail building on private land. The host landowner seeks to balance public trail use with responsible forest management.
The trails are in a remote rural location – all trail users use the trails at their own risk – no regular trail maintenance or trail crew exists exists. The network usually opens to the public on Memorial Day weekend, depending on conditions.
Rehabilitated logging trails provide the backbone of the network which includes trails for snowmobiling, hunting and hiking as well as biking. The bike trails were conceived to provide singletrack route for the CircumBurke Trail Challenge, which we have organized since 2011 with our partner, Kingdom Trails.
VH hosted the 2018 Enduro World Series North American Continental Series Finals won by former World Champion, Richie Rude. We have also hosted three yearly editions of the Maxxis Eastern States Cup Enduro series and two editions of the VT3 Stage Race.
In late 2018, Victory’s Town Clerk Select requested that the State’s Natural Resource Board “look into” the need for a comprehensive Act 250 development review and permitting process on the trails. Act 250, is designed to regulate commercial developments with major environmental impacts. Act 250 would be costly, time consuming and affix a permanent development review process on the land, effectively punishing the host landowner for opening land to the public. Kirsten Sultan, Northeast Vermont’s Act 250 Regional Coordinator subsequently issued a Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) asserting the need for Act 250 on the land. This JO is currently being appealed in Environmental Court.
In response to this aggressive interpretation of statute by the State, the land was closed by the owner to the public throughout 2019. Bikers as well as snowmobilers, hunters , hikers and our part-time staff have been negatively impacted by this situation.
In July 2019, Governor Phil Scott voiced his written support for Victory Hill’s situation and outdoor recreation by outlining the need for reforms to Act 250 as it applies to trails. The Governor recognizes that bike trails are integral to Vermont’s sustainable outdoor recreation economy, and should not be regulated as commercial development by Act 250. The Vermont State Legislature NEEDS to legislate a fairer and more appropriate review process for recreational trails.
Check-In and Registration: 2428 Victory Hill Rd. Victory, VT 05602
Trails close for 24 hours after any significant rain. Check Trailhub.org for updates.
No trail patrol: Ride at your own risk. Don’t ride alone. Call 911 if someone is hurt!
No regular maintenance: Please”pitch-in” a little by removing a sticks or fallen logs impeding your ride. That will help the trails will stay clear. And PLEASE report the location of large blowdown trees on our Victory Hill Sector Facebook page, so they can be removed.
Directions: VH is 7 miles ride by bike from East Burke, via Lodge Trail, Camptown and CCC Road. It is 12 miles away from East Burke by car. In Victory our trailhead is opposite 2871 Victory Hill Road in victory, Vermont (If you reach Victory Hill Kennels you have gone 150 yards too far). If the gate is closed. The trails are closed. Check Trailhub.org for updates.