Fat Biking

We used to put our bike gear away for the winter, but with the invention of fat biking, now we swap out our gravel bikes for fat bikes and keep the pedals turning in Montpelier all year long! Fat bikes have soared in popularity in the last few years, and the Montpelier Area Mountain Bike Association, Montpelier Parks, and private landowners have jumped on the trend and enabled trail access and grooming on 15 connected miles of trails for public use. 

Onion River Outdoors in downtown Montpelier has fat bike rentals so you can join in the fun. Fat bikes get their name from the wide tires: Regular mountain bike tires are around 2–3”, while fat bike tires are 4–5”, and you typically don’t inflate them as much, which keeps the tires soft. The extra width and squishiness helps riders float on top of the snow without sinking and getting stuck (most of the time!). Now you’ve got even another way to stay active in Montpelier in the winter—go enjoy that snow!


Adventure Stories

Wrightsville Beach Offers More Than Just Swimming

From Kayaking to Disc Golf: Wrightsville Beach Offers More than Just Swimming Wrightsville Recreation District is known for its easy access and sandy beach, but it’s not just about swimming. Located in Middlesex just five miles from downtown ...

Go to Article >>
All Around Adventure

Montpelier is a hub for outdoor recreation, and is nestled in a valley where The North Branch and the Winooski rivers converge and public lands connect multiple networks of trails. Access to nature couldn’t be easier, from the Hubbard Park trails ...

Go to Article >>
Sledding in Montpelier

The city of Montpelier was built in a valley surrounded by the Green Mountains. The various hills and slopes that make up the valley provide locals and visitors alike an opportunity to experience some of the best sledding in Vermont. From the trails ...

Go to Article >>
Montpelier: A Hub for Downhill Skiers

When people think of Vermont, they imagine maple syrup, colorful leaves, and skiing. Vermont’s ski mountains are some of the best in the Northeast with resorts such as Sugarbush, Mad River, and Bolton; all of which are under an hour's drive from ...

Go to Article >>
Top 10 Local Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Central Vermont

Montpelier, in the heart of Central Vermont, is surrounded by adventure. Right from downtown you can access hiking, mountain biking, gravel biking, nordic skiing, swimming, paddling, and amazing parks for walking. To add to that, Montpelier is just ...

Go to Article >>
Enjoying Spring in Montpelier

This is spring here, tumultuous and dramatic, and full of wonder. It’s as if we forget every year, and are taken by surprise as the sun sets and the evening wood frogs chime ...

Go to Article >>

Resources and Businesses