Big Bear Loop

Grafton, Vermont 5146

Big Bear Loop

Big Bear Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Time appears to stand still in the quaint community of Grafton, Vermont. Nestled in southeastern Vermont among farms and forest, the little town of 600 once subsisted on farming and logging. But the Great Depression in the 1930s put the economy on the skids. Enter the Windham Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit historic preservation organization. It bought up much of the land and many of the buildings in the valley and has worked to revitalize the community, which is now home to a thriving, quaint inn, cheese factory, and 20 miles of skate-friendly cross-country ski trails.

The trails at Grafton, including about 10 miles just for snowshoeing, are found in a valley between Grafton and Townsend at the base of Big Bear Mountain. The gentle ridge lines running through the hardwood and softwood forests are gateways to long, extended views down on the village with its two pert, white church steeples and neighboring hills. Surface quality: Groomed, skate lane, double tracked."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day trip
250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Grafton Ponds Nordic Ski Center
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