Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail: Poultney to Castleton

MODERATE 5 reviews

Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail: Poultney to Castleton is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Poultney, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
14.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

mountain biking

rails trails

trail running

walking

river

mountain biking
1 month ago

The Alltrails map is missing a two-mile segment south of Poultny which ends at a slate quarry, and a half mile section north of Castleton College which ends at the Amtrak station on VT 4A. The station has a wonderful cafe/deli offering soups, sandwiches and pastries!

mountain biking
2 months ago

I started in Castleton off the main road across the street from the Deil / Bakery. The parking by the side of the Deli is for Amtrak trains. You are best off by driving a quarter mile into the college and there is parking by a second trail head. I was informed by locals that you can park any where at the campus, but it is best to park at visitor parking. If in doubt, ask at the main office. The rail trail begins with crushed gravel and quickly turns to a one lane dirt path that is level and fine for hybred bikes with a wider tire. A true mountain bike would be over kill on this trail, not that you could not use one. It is 7 and a half miles to Poulney and the trail is shaded for the most part. Views are obstructed by tress and shubery in some parts. The trail would benefit by mowing the grass and trimming bushes and trees , but there is a lot of room to ride your bike. In poulney, it well worth to take a break and enjoy lunch at a reasonable price. Continuing on toward New York, after about two miles the trail abruptly ends. It is worth hiking up the rock / slab pile for photos of the cliff with the farm house in the fore ground. At this point you are dumped unto a county road with limited shoulders with truck and car traffic traveling about 50 miles per hour. You may be better to travel against traffic at this point. I stopped in Ransonville by Methodist church. A post man told me the local land owners took the land back and that why you are dumped onto the road. Locals also told me to continue onto to Granby ? in New york where the rail trails contintinue is very dangerous on local congested roads with no shoulders and high speed traffic. I peddled back to castleton completing 9 miles each way. An easy, level bike ride well worth doing.

hiking
Sunday, July 26, 2015

mountain biking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

walking
Sunday, September 30, 2012