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Vermont Trail System

The Vermont Trail System (VTS) was established in statute to recognize the important role that trails play in Vermont. The statement of purpose for this statute reads: “In order to provide access to the use and enjoyment of the outdoor areas of Vermont, to conserve and use the natural resources of this state for healthful and recreational purposes, and to provide transportation from one place to another, it is declared to be the policy of this state to provide the means for maintaining and improving a network of trails to be known as the "Vermont trails system."

By law, these trails are recognized by the Agency of Natural Resources Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation with advice from the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council.

Becoming a Member:

If you represent an organization that manages public trails and are interested in becoming a VTS member, the first step is to review the application.

VTS Application

Current VTS Members:

Part of being a VTS member is providing updated information on your trails, including maps. At least every five years, an updated application should be submitted. To see which organizations and their trails are members of the Vermont Trail System, click below:


List of Current VTS Members

For more information, please contact Claire Polfus at or (802) 505-5372