Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center Policies
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Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center has a set of trail policies and rules that are in place to help make everyone’s experience more enjoyable. Our trail system encourages multiple uses including skiing, snowshoeing, fat bikes, tubing, disc golf, hiking, and mountain biking. We ask that all trail users and visitors follow these policies in order to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.
All users must check in at the cabin prior to using the trails during hours of operation.
All trail users must have a valid trail pass or membership to use the trails. We track visitor usage to determine seasonal activity trends. Checking in at the center will allow us to communicate specific trail information before you head out.
Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. There are many possible hazards found along the trails. For safety, young children must have an adult to travel with while using the facility. Please do not drop your child off!
Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
Foot traffic is not permitted on ski trails December through March.
The grooming on ski trails is very sensitive to traffic. Footprints from boots, snowshoes, and dogs are very detrimental to the trail surface. We ask that snowshoe users travel on designated snowshoe trails. Dogs are permitted to hike with their snowshoeing humans, as long as they remain leashed at all times. Foot traffic (hiking) is not permitted on any trails during our winter operating season. There are several trails in the area that welcome winter hiking. Please ask us for information!
Trails will be closed during “mud season” to prevent damage. Dates will be posted on our Facebook page. As much as closing these trails can be an inconvenience to our users who have come to visit, it is mandatory that we do this so as not to damage the mountain trails. Any amount of users who ride or hike when we close our trails can lead to severe erosion and damage, as well as hours of labor repairing the trails. Following the lead of the the majority of trail management organizations, along with the Green Mt Club, Vt. Department of Forests and Parks, and the Green MT National Forest, between April 15 to Memorial Day weekend in May, trails are closed so they can dry out from the winter. This gives the ground time to thaw out and allow the trails time to harden. Only if we have had a drier than normal spring would the trails open sooner.
All bike riders must wear a helmet. We have helmets available for use at the center during hours of operation.
Please do not hike on Single Track bike trails. These trails are shown in yellow/orange colored dashed lines on our trail map. The single track bike trails are designed specifically with bike traffic in mind and specially designed features can be damaged by foot traffic. It is also common for bikes to be traveling at a fast speed through these trails. For the safety of hikers and bikers we ask that you plan your hike accordingly.
We thank you in advance for adhering to the policies. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
We value the privilege of being able to bring dogs to the trails, but as trail managers we need to consider the experience of users that are uncomfortable with dogs or may be allergic. Our dog policy was created to ensure that the trails remain a positive experience for all users and that the natural resource is not unnecessarily impacted. Grafton Trails welcomes dogs and their owners to specified areas of our trail system and facility. Off-leash dog areas include Cheese Factory Meadow and the field on the north end of the parking lot. We ask for your cooperation so that everyone can enjoy their time at the outdoor center.
Dogs may be off-leash in dog-friendly areas only.
Dogs are not allowed on ski trails (winter) or single track bicycle trails (summer). No exceptions.
Dogs are permitted on the snowshoe trails and hiking trails, and must be leashed at all times.
Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.
Respect the apprehension some fellow trail users may have when encountering an unfamiliar canine; kindly yield and allow them to pass.