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Brattleboro: West River Trail – Lower Section

This is a lovely trail long the West River with continuous views of the vibrant, golden Vermont hills. The southernmost point of the trail starts at the Marina Trailhead, just outside Brattleboro. It’s a mainly wooded trail, with some views of the West River (more when there’s not foliage). Along the trail, there are hints of where the trail bed was cut out of the rock for the railroad built in 1879, marking it as one of Vermont’s oldest transportation routes. The trail is covered with a soft dirt surface that’s easy on the knees and is relatively flat.

Photo: Heather M.

This ‘lower’ section of the trail goes for 3.5 miles between the Marina Trailhead and Rice Farm Road. The trail is covered with a soft dirt surface that’s easy on the knees and is relatively flat, making it a quick 3 or 6 mile run!  The terrain is fairly wooded.

Add-Ons: The trail continues north for 2 miles as an on-road section along Rice Farm Rd., to West Dummerston. See the trail description and brochure. There’s also an upper section of the trail, which starts again about 12 miles north of West Dummerston at Townshend Dam, and goes for ~18 miles north to South Londonderry.

Essentials
  • Lower Section: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) one-way
  • 168 feet (one-way, headed north)
  • Closest to Brattleboro is the Marina Trailhead, off Spring Tree Rd.
  • Numerous access points & parking areas: See Map

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Heather M.
11 days ago

Excellent trail! I NEVER would’ve found this on my own. We are RV full time travelers and Great Runs is an amazing resource. Thank you!

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Essentials
  • Lower Section: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) one-way
  • 168 feet (one-way, headed north)
  • Closest to Brattleboro is the Marina Trailhead, off Spring Tree Rd.
  • Numerous access points & parking areas: See Map