Our trails are part of the Vermont Trail System, a statewide network of public recreational trails. VHS trails are open year round to hiking and for public bicycle use in the summer and early fall. Check our Facebook page for updates.
Bikers must sign a waiver and check-in at 2428 Victory Hill Rd. , before each visit.
The trails close for 24 hours after any significant rain. Call (802) 695-3355 or check our Victory Hill Sector Facebook page for updates on rain closures.
Ride, walk, run or ski these trails at their own risk. It is your responsibility to be aware of hazards in the trail. Trails are not regularly maintained.
Our trails remain under the haze of potential Act 250 Jurisdiction. Act 250 is a battery of permanent commerci8al development permits designed to protect Vermont’s land from irresponsible commerical developers. If Act 250 is appliedto the Victory trails by the State, the host landowner will close the trails to all public recreation, and our region will loose a vital recreational asset. Any application of Act 250 on the trails, would effectively punish a landowner for generously to host public trails. Most landowners who host public trails, will not stand for this kind of abuse.
In 2018, Victory’s town government initiated a request to Vermont’s Natural Resource Board (NRB) for an investigation into the need for Act 250 on the Victory Hill Trails. The resulting Jurisdictional Opinion (JO) issued in 2019, states that Victory Hill’s trails should undergo a permanent battery of commercial development permits known as Act 250.
While certain logging trails in the network remained open to public hikers, skiers, the landowner closed the trails to public biking after the issuance of the Act 250 opinion in 2019 in order to discontinue the activity found to violate Act 250. The trails were provisionally re-opened to biking in August 2021, while the landowner’s legal appeal remains in court.
One can only hope that the State Legislature will see fit to correct the current state of Act 250 overreach on public bike trails, so that the trail systems like Victory Hill trails can continue to benefit the public and the local economy in the future.
Anyone is welcome to join our club and volunteer for spring Sunday work mornings here. Public bike use will resume in mid-June 2022.
All bikers must check-in at 2428 Victory Hill Road. Club membership and liability waivers must be signed by all users and volunteers. Failure to clearly print your name, address, sign, date and initial your waivers will result in a permanent trail use ban on Victory Hill. Don’t ruin your luck by being lazy.
Please respect the land and follow the Vermont Trail Ethic