Barre Town Forest
- Camping and fires are NOT allowed in the Town Forest.
- If you walk, snowshoe, ski or fat-bike on snowmobile trails in the town forest, please share the trail with snowmobiles. Step to the side if you hear them..
- Dogs must be on leash while in the Town Forest, as they must be on any public property in Barre Town.
Town Forest walking guide
Town Forest Trails Map (managed by Millstone Trails Association)
Millstone Adaptive Cycling Map
The Quarries Disc Golf (managed by volunteers)
Guided walks and other events managed by volunteers Barre Town Forest Friends
Obtained in 2013 with assistance from The Trust for Public Land (TPL) , the Barre Town Forest is comprised of 5 forested properties totaling 355 acres, combined with 25.7 acres already owned by the Town. This project was completed as part of the TPL's Community Forest Program and the Vermont Town Forest Project. Funding was provided by the Town of Barre, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Vermont Recreation Trails Grant Program, the Open Space Institute, the Federal Community Forest Program, the Millstone Trails Association, and many other foundations and private individual donors.
The Town Forest has fascinating history. The quarry area of Millstone Hill was once home to some of the first granite quarries in Barre, established in 1790. The mining of these quarries created a boomtown economy for Barre at the time, but they have not been quarried for over a hundred years and since been reclaimed by nature. Unlike most industrial work, the mining of the quarries has produced beautiful bodies of water and views within the Forest. Evidence of the quarry mines themselves can still be found scattered in the Town Forest.
Activities and Access
Come visit the Town Forest for cross country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, bird watching, disc golf and more. But please respect the Leave No Trace guidelines, and practice Carry In, Carry Out. No camping and no fires, please. Horses may ridden on most the trails, but due to the softer soils under the new Rauli's Run trail, the Millstone Trails Association asks that horses be kept off this trail. There are two parking areas for the Town Forest, one at 44 Brook Street and one at 31 Barclay Quarry Road .
For more information on how the Town of Barre Town Forest came to be, click here.
Photo by, Peter Cobb (Barre Town resident)