Gravel Riding

Vermont is a gravel biker’s dream. With 8,000 miles of pavement-free roads, the gravel terrain not only feels endless, Vermont’s farms, forests, and fields make for endlessly beautiful landscapes. Varying levels of challenge—gentle hills, steep climbs, smooth graded dirt and chunky unmaintained roads—await you in the Green Mountain State, offering a route and ride for every level of ability. This is why thousands of people flock to Vermont each year to complete one of our iconic gravel routes like the “Super 8,” or, just to casually explore some back roads. 

Gravel bikes are similar to road bikes in their structure and shape, but they typically have a wider tire for more stability on the variable surfaces of unpaved roads. These dirt roads see less traffic than paved ones, and people generally drive slower on them, which makes it a more relaxing experience for cyclists. Depending on your route, you might see wildlife, beautiful vistas, maple sugaring operations, and farm fields. With fewer cars to dodge than on a paved road ride, you’ll have the time and space to take it all in. Plus, it’s a great activity to do in the early spring and late fall when many hiking and biking trails are closed for Vermont’s fifth (Mud) and sixth (Stick) seasons—as well as seasonal hunting closures.

Gravel Rides in and around Montpelier: Montpelier is perfectly situated to be the base camp for your gravel biking adventure. Smack in the middle of the Vermont, we’re at the center of the many great gravel rides.Super 8 route. You can head out of Montpelier in any direction and be on scenic gravel roads within minutes. Three good places to check for local rides are on the Green Mountain Gravel website, on the GravelMap website, or go directly to Onion River Outdoors on Langdon Street to get a local’s recommendation. 

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