Mary, Dean, Gail and Andy installing trail signs
Start: Visitor parking at Castleton University is behind the Stafford Academic Center in the Stafford lot.
Trails: The Castleton University Trails are easy and well marked. There are two trails that are open to the public from dawn to dusk. Walking, running, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing are all allowed. No motorized vehicles please.
Spartan Trail – 1.6 miles (green markers)
Lady Spartan Trail – 0.3 miles (red markers), which is a connector trail in the longer Spartan Trail loop (see map).
To reach the start: Begin in Castleton Village on Main Street (also 4A). Starting from Castleton Village head west. Take the third left onto South Street. In about 1/3 of a mile, (just after Jeffords Science Center), take the next left into a large parking lot. Immediately turn right and park at the end of the smaller lot adjacent to South Street. The D&R Rail Trail passes just to the north of this parking lot. There is a rail trail informational kiosk about 100 feet to the east. To access the Castleton University trails, cross South Street and follow the D&R rail trail south. It passes to the west of the Spartan Pavilion and Stadium. There are two entrances (marked with signs) to the Castleton Trail system from the rail trail. One is about 1,500 feet from South Street and the second is about 3,000 feet from South Street. See map for further details.
To use the trails: These trails can be hiked or biked in any direction. The trails are suitable for beginner mountain bikers, joggers and those looking for an easy hike. The trails wind through forest, cross Glenbrook twice and skirt the edge of athletic fields and Glenbrook Pond. The varied environments provide for an interesting outing but there are no major overlooks or views. The terrain is gentle with no significant climbs. The footpath is well maintained but there are plenty of roots and rocks to watch out for. In the spring there may be several wet and muddy sections. The trails are used by the University cross-country team in the fall. Snowmobiles are allowed on the rail trail in the winter. Please be respectful of private landowners and stay on the marked trails as some portions of these trails cross private land.
The CU trails are popular. All users, please be aware and exercise caution around curves and blind turns in the trails.
photos by Mary Droege
Bicycling and foot trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont
Castleton University Multi-Use Trails