Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Ski and Snowshoes trails - it's all here! Even the Welcome Center is here. Rated the #1 Mountain Bike Destination in the East! Welcome to Kingdom Trails in Northeast Vermont, a multiple-use trail system unlike any other and recently voted Editors' Choice in the 2006 edition of the Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England, and in their latest issue of the YANKEE MAGAZINE we were highlighted as one of the ten "Thrills of a Lifetime" for a family getaway in New England. We were also named BEST OF NEW ENGLAND by Boston Magazine Travel & Life. Visit us online for a complete trail map. Our trail system basically leaves from the village and utilizes the unique glacial feature of Darling Hill Ridge and Burke Mountain, our local ski area. With very sandy loam soil on Darling Hill Ridge we are able to provide smooth winding singletrack that takes you from the panoramic field viewing to riverside pine forests. The trails on Burke Mountain are designed to offer you great singletrack with a bit more technical feel. We have also recently constructed a freeride trail on Burke Mountain that is over 1 mile in length. We either build new trails or enhance the ones we already have every year. We are located in East Burke, Vermont, named one of the 101 Best Outdoor Towns in the U.S.
The winter of 2013-14 has some exciting things in store!
Kingdom Trail Association has moved their entire Nordic Operations to Darling Hill and will maintain roughly 12 KM of skate and classic skiing along with packing trails for fat bike riding and snow shoeing. This move will help us better focus on providing a quality product on one system and help us expand to develop better programs, events, and grow our level commitment to the increasingly popular sport of fat biking.
The new Kingdom Trails Nordic and Adventure Center will be based out of the Grainery Building across the street for the Wildflower Inn on 2059 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville VT 05851. This new location gives us more space, allowing us to provide fat bike and Nordic ski rentals! We are excited about the coming season and hope you are too and can't wait to see you this winter!!
This organization is also part of a Geotourism Initiative. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.