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Nestled in a valley at the confluence of two rivers and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier offers ample recreational opportunities. A bike path follows the Winooski River. The North Branch River Park offers almost 200 acres of gentle trails and access to miles of challenging cross-country skiing or walking. Hubbard Park, the city's premier forested park, with great views, a stone observatory, and trails, is a short walk from the State House.
Hiking & Walking 
Hubbard Park and North Branch Park have extensive hiking trails (see below). For easy walking and jogging, try the Montpelier Bike Path that follows along the Winooski River for over two miles; easy entry point and parking at the high school or along Stone Cutters Way. 

Running
Try the Montpelier Bike Path, or you can join the local runners club in the summer for informal “fun runs” on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, beginning and ending at the parking lot of the Vermont State Liquor Warehouse at the end of Green Mountain Drive off the access road to I-89. Check their website for special races/events throughout the year, www.cvrunners.org.

Biking
Check out the Montpelier Bike Path, as well as the mountain bike path in North Branch Park. For more extensive road and mountain biking, pick up a biking map at Onion River Sports on Langdon Street.

Canoeing & Kayaking 
Paddle on the Winooski River from the boat launch at the Gateway Park on Lower State Street across from Green Mount Cemetery, or head up the North Branch from the Mill Pond Park on Elm Street. You can also launch your boats for an easy lake paddle at Wrightsville Reservoir. Follow Route 12 North to the boat launch sign on the right.

Skiing & Snowshoeing 
Hubbard Park and North Branch Park have an extensive trail system that is groomed in the winter. Morse Farm (3 miles north of town up Main Street) operates a ski touring center with both open and wooded trails of all abilities (fee). Montpelier is within an hour’s drive of more than half of Vermont’s famed alpine ski resorts and nearly two-thirds of the 45 cross-country ski areas.

Tennis & Skateboarding & Basketball
There are four public tennis courts at the Recreation Field north on Elm Street as well as a skateboard park and outdoor basketball courts. Numerous playing fields are available for pick up games of softball, baseball, soccer and volleyball.

Swimming
In addition to the public swimming pool (see below) at the Recreation Field on Elm Street and the beach at Wrightsville Reservoir (see below) north of town, there are many swimming holes along the Winooski and North Branch rivers. Explore the area and ask the locals for their favorites.
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Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center
268 Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier, VT 05602 
802-229-5900
http://www.cvmcc.org/
http://www.cvmcc.org/contact/

The Civic Center has developed into a premier venue for indoor soccer in Central Vermont, with the nearest other facility for indoor soccer located in Chittenden County. It addition, its indoor ice has been available for youth and adult hockey, broomball, public skating, and learn-to-skate programs. The upstairs meeting room has provided a good venue for birthday parties and other celebrations held in conjunction with recreation.

Other activities have included home shows, Indian PowWows, and the area’s first Black Metal Concert. Economically designed and operated, the Civic Center is ready to adapt to anyone’s needs, with a particular emphasis on family and community interests.

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Morse Farm Ski Touring Center

1168 County Road, Montpelier, VT 05602   

802-223-0560
www.skimorsefarm.com
Cross country, snowshoe and rentals


Cross country ski and snowshoe touring center located in the heart of the Green Mountains, just 3 miles from downtown Montpelier. Family-friendly and suitable for all skill levels from beginners to seasoned experts.

Professionally designed scenic trails offer a diverse choice of terrain. Ski or snowshoe through evergreen and active sugaring forests to gentle rolling pastures that provide views of Camels Hump, the Worcester Mountain Range, and our 8th generation maple sugar farm.

Trails include 24 km (15 miles) of machine-groomed cross country trails including skate lanes and classic tracks. We also have 4 km (2.5 miles) of back country snowshoe trails.

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Montpelier Parks & Hubbard Park
Hubbard Park Map


The Tower
Built in 1915 and finished in 1930, the tower is located on the highest point of Hubbard Park. Climb up the stairs to get a priceless view of Vermont's little capital and beyond. Be sure to wander around the base of the tower and roam around the fruit and nut trees planted in order to attract wildlife park users. A picnic table and benches are located on the premises of the tower. A composting toilet is also located on the grounds of the tower. 

Seven Fireplaces
Right in the middle of the forest is Hubbard Park's Seven Fireplaces. In this area, there are a number of fireplaces designated for campfires by park users. There is also a grill located in the area and a composting toilet at the entrance of the Seven Fireplaces. Trails leading to the North Branch Nature Center and to Hubbard Park's Fitness Trails are located at the Seven Fireplaces. 

The Old Shelter
This shelter is somewhat bigger and more secluded. However, since it is on a hillside and has stairs leading up to it, it is unfortunately not handicapped accessible. The old shelter has four to five picnic tables, a nice view, a fireplace, a water fountain (in warm weather), and a field to play games nearby. There is a soccer / softball field about 200 yards down the hill in the woods. There is also an outhouse nearby.

The New Shelter
This area has four to five picnic tables, a small barbecue grill, a nice lawn area, a water fountain (turned off in colder months) and an outhouse. The walk to the tower is a relatively flat half mile walk. This shelter and outhouse are intended to be handicapped accessible. Please let us know if it does or doesn't work for you.
Reserve a shelter here. 

Hubbard Park is just steps from the Vermont State House in downtown Montpelier. Learn more about the park's history and preservation here. 
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Montpelier Recreation Department

58 Barre Street Montpelier, VT 05602
802-225-8699
http://www.montpelierrec.org/
normaf@mpsvt.org

Pool, basketball, soccer, summer camps, tennis, skiing, special events and more.



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Montpelier, Vermont Trails and Maps
www.traillink.com/city/montpelier-vt-trails.aspx

Looking for the best trails around Montpelier, Vermont? Find the top rated trails in Montpelier, whether you're looking for an easy walking path or a long bike trail, you'll find what you're looking for.
 
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Morse Farm Ski Touring Center

1168 County Road, Montpelier, VT 05602   

802-223-0560
www.skimorsefarm.com
Cross country, snowshoe and rentals


Cross country ski and snowshoe touring center located in the heart of the green mountains, just 3 miles from downtown Montpelier, Vermont. Family friendly and suitable for all skill levels from beginners to seasoned experts.

Professionally designed scenic trails offer a diverse choice of terrain. Ski or snowshoe through evergreen and active sugaring forests to gentle rolling pastures that provide views of Camels Hump, the Worcester Mountain Range, and our 8th generation maple sugar farm.

Trails include 24 km (15 miles) of machine groomed cross country trails including skate lanes and classic tracks. We also have 4 km (2.5 miles) of back country snowshoe trails.

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North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
802-229-6206
http://www.northbranchnaturecenter.org/
info@northbranchnaturecenter.org

For more than a decade the North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital. We're a small preserve with a big heart at a gentle bend in the North Branch of the Winooski River.

 

Visit us for walks and workshops to learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. Or come enjoy a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river.

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Onion River Sports
20 Langdon Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Monday - Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm
802-229-9409

http://www.onionriver.com/services/bike-rentals/
http://www.onionriver.com/services/ski-snowshoe-rentals/

Call or stop in now to reserve your bike, skis or snowshoes! 
Mountain Bike, Fat Bike and Kids Bike Rentals, too.
Helmet included with all rentals and demos. Only one day’s rental/demo fee may be applied towards the purchase of a new bicycle.

Onion River Sports will also tune up your bike and get you ready for the road! They also sell all of the outdoor sports accessories you will need while playing in Montpelier. 

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Vermont 
Mountaineers 
Baseball (NECBL)
1 Ballpark Road, Montpelier, VT 05602
P.O. Box 586, Montpelier, VT 05601
802-223-3404

The Vermont Mountaineers is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) baseball organization located in Montpelier.  It is a member of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), which draws its recruits from the top U.S. collegiate baseball programs. 

Mountaineers games attract a wide fan base, averaging over 1200 per game over the 14 years in the league. Once at the park, fans can watch the game, chat with neighbors, get player autographs, enjoy in-between inning games, witness the antics of our mascot, “Skip,” and sample the wonderful food provided by local vendors.  The Mountaineers have been one of the winningest franchises in the NECBL and have qualified for the play-offs twelve times, winning two regular season titles, five division championships and three League Championships.  In addition, the team has had ten players reach the Major League level, with many others at all levels of professional baseball.  

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Wrightsville Beach Outdoor Recreation Area
5.5 miles north of downtown Montpelier on Route 12  
c/o CVRPC 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, Vermont 05602
802-552-3471
http://www.wrightsvillebeachvt.com/
WrightsvilleBeachVT@gmail.com 
 

Close and affordable summer fun. With swimming, boating, disc golf, mountain bike & walking trails, group event shelters, and great wildlife viewing, we have something for the entire family. Just minutes from downtown Montpelier. Open daily from Mothers Day through Columbus Day.