“This extraordinary loop weaves a selection of storybook-farm dirt roads, flowy New England singletrack, and rugged historic woodland paths to create a circuit of some of the world’s best and most coveted craft beers.” — Bikepacking.com
The Green Mountain Gravel Adventure, inspired by bikepacking legends Joe Cruz and Logan Watts, is arguably one of the best adventure routes in the Northeast. In six days, you pedal 250 challenging miles and climb nearly 22,000 feet. Though some miles entail riding on smooth asphalt, nearly 70% of the route is off-road — ranging from well-maintained gravel roadways, to barely unmaintained Class IV dirt lanes, to super fun single-track. You even come across a few gnarly stretches where you will surely need to dismount and push your steed. If you appreciate the challenge of gritty off-road riding, then this route is for you!
You start and end your trip in Burlington, a vibrant and forward-thinking college town. Along the route, you pass through quaint New England villages, rolling farmland, and forested trails. You see plenty of idyllic postcard-worthy scenes — including red barns, covered bridges, and colorful Holstein cattle. If you admire expansive views of green mountains and dips in pristine blue lakes, you are in for a treat! And if you like brews, you are in for a treat as well! As Vermont proudly holds the title of “Craft Beer Capital of the U.S.,” there will be a whopping seventeen opportunities along the route to relish in your favorite liquids. Bike responsibly!
(Note: The Vermont Brewers Festival, which is held at the Burlington Waterfront Park, runs from July 17-18, 2020. Plan your travels accordingly.)