Three years ago, the Town of Victory requested that the State of Vermont look into applying Act 250, the State’s land use law, to Victory Hill’s trails. As a result of the town’s request, a Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) was issued by Vermont’s Natural Resources Board in 2019. This opinion suggests that Victory Hill Sector’s rec trails require an Act 250 permit, because the trail organization was raising money through trail fees, and had significantly modified its logging trails for bicycle use. The host landowner is appealing this opinion in Environmental Court, and has closed the trails to bicycle use until July 2021, when it will provisionally open the trails to biking.
Please be aware that the State’s opinion has crippled the club’s ability to fundraise from membership donations. The trails maintenance is sparse due to the Act 250 problem – users should “ride at their own risk” and expect rough trail conditions.
Thanks to Vermont’s Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Michael Snyder and his staff, Victory Hill Sector trails have been added to the Vermont Trail System, the statewide network of premium recreational trails.
Beginning in July 2021, the trails will open for public biking as the club’s maintenance efforts progress.
Liability waivers are required for all users and volunteers.
All bikers must check-in at 2428 Victory Hill Road
Please respect the land and follow the Vermont Trail Ethic