Harriman Reservoir

Wilmington Vermont Mountain Bike Trails

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This ride's general location is Wilmington. Scenery is wooded with occasional glimpses of Harriman Reservoir. The mellow, flat, wide railroad bed provides an excellent route for families and novices. A variety of riding conditions make this ride fun, interesting, and historically entertaining. You begin by riding on an old railroad bed, skirting the western shore of Harriman Reservoir until you reach the spillway. Remains of trellises evoke another era, when trains were popular for personal travel and for the transport of goods. Now and then, the wooded trail offers glimpses of the reservoir, which dams the Deerfield River. The town of Harriman became deserted over time and now lies at the bottom of the reservoir, after having been flooded when the dam was built. The railroad bed is wide and flat, with a short section of single-track. Beginners can take the railroad bed south to the spillway, a nice place for a lunch break, and then retrace their steps back to the start for a total of 14 miles. Experienced riders can pick up a side trail on the way back that features a challenging climb and a fun descent on single-track for a total of 15.5 miles.
Mountain Bike! Vermont

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Mountain Bike! Vermont

by Kate Carter (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is Wilmington. Scenery is wooded with occasional glimpses of Harriman Reservoir. The mellow, flat, wide railroad bed provides an excellent route for families and novices. A variety of riding conditions make this ride fun, interesting, and historically entertaining. You begin by riding on an old railroad bed, skirting the western shore of Harriman Reservoir until you reach the spillway. Remains of trellises evoke another era, when trains were popular for personal travel and for the transport of goods. Now and then, the wooded trail offers glimpses of the reservoir, which dams the Deerfield River. The town of Harriman became deserted over time and now lies at the bottom of the reservoir, after having been flooded when the dam was built. The railroad bed is wide and flat, with a short section of single-track. Beginners can take the railroad bed south to the spillway, a nice place for a lunch break, and then retrace their steps back to the start for a total of 14 miles. Experienced riders can pick up a side trail on the way back that features a challenging climb and a fun descent on single-track for a total of 15.5 miles.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Wilmington
Length: 15.5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Readsboro. DeLorme's atlas is helpful.
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