“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
― Ernest Hemingway
The Jay Peak area is home to some great mountain biking. Over 20 miles of trail is maintained by the Grateful Treads, our local VMBA chapter.
The Jay Community Recreational Centre located on Cross Road in Jay has about 7 miles of singletrack traversing the foothills of Jay Peak. Offering riding for all abilities, this is a great place to explore with the family. Enjoy some high-speed berms and rollers on the newly constructed flow trail on the far side of the river.
The Jay Peak Loop is a draw for road cyclists far and wide. 40 miles and 5,500' of climbing spread across 3 major climbs make a challenge for any rider.
As you venture further from the spine of the Green Mountains, roads wind through rolling farmland west toward Lake Champlain.
Directly east of Montgomery, you'll find Hazen's Notch; a gravel state highway with steep climbs and tight turns through the notch and decending into Lowell.
The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail is only 5 miles from the shop. 26 miles of packed gravel recreational trail stretch from Richford to St. Albans and Lake Champlain.
Enjoy a quiet cruse along the river and rolling farmlands on the trail, or combine the Rail Trail with a number of on-road options.
The Rail Trail provides a great alternative to the busy 105 Highway which has lots of traffic and not much shoulder room.