Let's talk about fourwheeling trails and Jeep trails in Vermont.
To be clear, this article covers an overview of the offroading landscape in Vermont, as well as OHV trails, fourwheeling trails, Jeep trails, 4x4 trails, and all types of offroad trails in VT for full-size vehicles.
Fun Fact: Vermont is the 5th most active state in the US, unfortunately that does not translate into the 5th most offroad friendly state in the US! While the state boasts lots of green space and unused space, it does not have much to offer in the way of legal trails to go wheeling on besides random roads scattered throughout the state. If you are interested in going offroading in Vermont, then you are looking at basically two options - 1) The Vermont class 4 road system that runs throughout the state or 2) Green Mountain National Forest. Not much to offer, but at least both these options have several places to go hit the trails within them.
For those who are just entering into the world of offroading or who just moved to Vermont and dont know what I mean when I refer to class 4 road system, class 4 roads are roads that do not fall under the classification to receive state aid to keep them passable and maintained. They are basically just dirt roads and trails that run throughout the whole state that are an offroaders dream. Class 4 roads can be accessed by pretty much any legally registered vehicle or 4x4. You can visit Vermont's Transportation website here to learn more about the class 4 road system as well as find maps of them and their locations.
The other place in Vermont to go offroading at is Green Mountain National Forest. Green Mountain National Forest is located down in the southern part of the state near Dover and Wilmington. The forest was established in 1932 as a result of uncontrolled overlogging, fire and flooding. It is around 399,151 acres large and is the biggest contiguous land mass in the state. There are hundreds of roads throughout the forest that you can wheel on. To learn more about how to distinguish between which roads are offroad friendly and which are not, check out the full trail description here. One another note, not too far down from Green Mountain you will hit some other offroading options just over the border into Massachusetts. If you live in the southern part of the state near Green Mountain then I would suggest checking out our blog covering the offroad trails in MA as they have some offerings close to home for you.
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Below I included a screenshot of the Where2Wheel map and offroad trail listings for Vermont as well as the neighboring states. Feel free to sign-up for Where2Wheel (it is 100% free) to add trails, and be a part of the offroading community. Hope this brief overview of the offroading trails in VT helps you kick it into 4WD!
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