A recreation destination rich with history and scenery

The Barre Town Forest is unique among Vermont town forests for its post-industrial landscape of former granite quarries, the ponds created by them, the piles of leftover granite, and the immigrant history tied to quarrying here.

Once a denuded landscape, the land has returned to woods and nature. There are around 20-miles of maintained trails used for walking, skiing, mountain biking and more. Other ways to enjoy the land include fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and disc golf.

The creation of this town forest was led by residents and the Trust for Public Land. Trails are managed by the Barre Town Recreation Committee, the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, and the Millstone Trails Association. 355 acres of the 381-acre forest are conserved with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.