The Town of Barre has a long and proud history of investing in Recreation. Our focus on recreation is a large part of what makes Barre Town an attractive place to live, work and play. Through innovative and diverse programs, Barre Town Recreation plays an important role in creating healthy community. Barre Town Recreation Department is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and development of seven outdoor recreation locations in the Town of Barre. The Millstone Trails Association
maintains the trails in the Town Forest. Click here for the Town of Barre Recreation Facebook page.
*EVENTS and ACTIVITIES*
- Lower Graniteville Playground needs your help Sep 7-8! If you're over 18 and can use a shovel or turn a wrench, please consider helping install the new equipment at this playground. Click here for the flyer and more information.
- Pickleball: The new pickleball courts at 46 Websterville Rd are aviailable on a first come, first served basis, unless there is a reservation for tennis or pickleball. (See current reservations on the Rec Calendar here.) If you're looking for others to play with, local enthusiasts organize open play via barrepickleball.playerlineup.com/. Questions? Contact the Rec Department at 802-479-9331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like a nature guide through the Barre Town Forest? Every Tuesday morning June 4-Sep 24, Barre Town Forest Friend volunteer Marianne Kotch leads easy to moderate walks to explore various trails and lookouts. All ages welcome, and dogs on leashes too. All walks begin at 9am at the 44 Brook St. parking area for the town forest in Websterville and last approximately an hour and a half. Contact Marianne Kotch at 476-4185 for details.
A few Town recreation facilities can be reserved for exclusive use for limited periods of time. Check the Recreation Calendar
to see what dates are available. To reserve:
- Barre Town Recreation Area Picnic Shelter: Contact the Town Manager's Office at 479-9331 or submit this form to email@example.com for your desired dates. Weekends book fast, so make your reservations early!
- Softball, baseball or soccer fields, bike paths, or Town Forest: Download, complete and submit this form to the Town Manager's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is a beautiful time to be in Vermont. Although swimming is not allowed in the quarries for safety reasons, it is a excellent place to spend a lazy day fishing and relaxing. The Town of Barre does offer swim lesson reimbursements
of up to $25 to encourage our youngest residents to learn to swim. Visit our Recreation and Athletic Complex
where all sorts of sports take place on our softball fields, four tennis courts, volleyball court, basketball courts, soccer fields, running track, and skate park.
Fall: Of course, fall in Vermont is known for its gorgeous views and the Barre Town Forest is no exception. Bring your camera for breathtaking views of the Green Mountain Range, Camel's Hump and environs. Fall is the perfect time to take a hike in the Town Forest, but wear orange, leash your dogs, and take care, because hunting is also allowed. Each fall hunters harvest turkey and deer and occasionally a bear is taken in Town.
Residents of Barre Town enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Winter brings snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Town Forest
, indoor pickleball hosted by the Recreation Board in the Barre Town Middle and Elementary School Gym, and trout fishing in the Stevens and Jail branches of the Winooski River. Have you ever played softball in the snow? It's more fun than you'd think! Each March Freezing Fun for Families
puts on a winter softball tournament at our regulation amateur softball field and all proceeds go to help the families of children with chronic illnesses. It raises thousands of dollars for local families each year and it holds the world record for largest snow softball tournament!
Spring: We welcome spring with the annual Egg Hunt jointly sponsored by the Barre Town and Barre City Recretaion Departments. During this season we walk, hike, mountain bike and birdwatch in the Town Forest and on our three bike paths. With a variety of trails rated from easy to hard, paved to backcountry, anyone can enjoy the Barre Town outdoors. An 18-hole golf course is available nearby at the Country Club of Barre, which has been rated one of the top five courses in Vermont which is available to non-members. If Disc Golf is more your thing, then visit the 18-hole Quarries Disc Golf Course, located in the Town Forest. This course is open year round except during deer hunting season. It is managed by volunteers. Follow The Quarries Disc Golf Course on Facebook here.