Recreation Department

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 a 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 leavingsiteicon maintains the trails in the Town Forest. Click here for the Town of Barre Recreation Facebook page leavingsiteicon.

  • Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30th: The Annual Egg Hunt put on by Barre City and Town of Barre Recreation Departments will begin at 10:00am SHARP at Rotary Park in Barre City. There are three separate hunts onsite for different age groups: (3-4) Tennis Courts, (5-7) Playground, (8-10) end of parking area. This year there will be FREE baskets given away on a first come, first serve basis starting at 9:30am. BCEMS PTO will host a Bake Sale and Bob Bartlett State Farm will give away free hot chocolate. Each age group will have special eggs hidden that will be redeemable for prize baskets. Parking by the pool and at BCEMS. Be sure to arrive early and bring your own baskets! Let your kids know we are expecting some BUNNY special...
  • There is a dog leash law in Barre Town: This means that unless they are on property with the owner's permission to be off leash (such as your own property, or inside the Barre Town Community Dog Park), dogs must be physically restrained when out and about anywhere in town. This includes the Rec Area by the school, bike paths, the town forest, playgrounds, the Wilson Industrial Park, and the fields off of Pitman and Bolster Roads. Please also pick up after your dog. 
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 Recreation Director's Office at (802) 477-1382 or submit this form to for your desired dates. Weekends book fast, so make your reservations early!
  • Softball, baseball, soccer fields; bike paths; tennis, pickleball or volleyball courts; Town Forest trails, or the Quarries Disc Golf Course: Download, complete, and submit this form to the Recreation Director's Office at

Spring: We welcome spring with the annual Egg Hunt jointly sponsored by the Barre Town and Barre City Recreation 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 Barreleavingsiteicon, 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 leavingsiteicon.  The Stevens and the Jail Branches of the Winooski River offer quality trout fishing.

Summer: Summer is a beautiful time to be in Vermont. Although swimming is not allowed in the quarries for safety reasons, it is an 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.

Winter: Residents of Barre Town enjoy the great outdoors all year round. Winter brings snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Town Forest. Volunteers from the Millstone Trails Association groom a select number of trails in the Town Forest for Winter Recreation. Have you ever played softball in the snow? It's more fun than you'd think! Each March Freezing Fun for Families leavingsiteicon puts on a winter softball tournament at our regulation amateur softball field and all proceeds go to help the families of children with cancer. It raises thousands of dollars for local families each year and it holds the world record for largest snow softball tournament!