The Kingdom Trails offer everything from twisty, wooded and loamy tracks to fully machined, bermed downhills. This loop is a great introduction.
A day pass to the private trails costs $15/per person. There are shuttles to various locations on the weekends.
This is a nice big loop on the Darling Hill side. Although the trails are fairly well marked, definitely take a trail map as certain crossroads can get slightly confusing. With names like 'Tap 'n Die
' and 'Troll Stroll
', these trails can be described in one word'playful'. They are loads of fun and you would have to spend a lot of time in the saddle here to get tired of the 150+ miles of trails.
The trail starts out on the Wooded 'Herbs' trail where you climb through the loamy and beautiful forest to a high meadow. Here is the rest of the route, turn-by-turn:
- Herbs to 'Sugarhouse Run'
- Follow Sugarhouse Run and take a left on the quick up and down 'Beat Bog
- Right on 'Vast' then onto 'Leatherwood
- From the flowey 'Leatherwood
' take a right and get back on 'Vast'
- Take a quick left on the fun 'East Branch
' where some wooded switchbacks and a couple of ladder-bridges await
- Follow 'East Branch
' all the way around by the river to 'Easy Out'
- Take a right, then take a right on 'Vast'
- Stay on 'Vast' for 1,000 ft or so and take a left on 'Bill Magill
- 'Bill Magill
' will lead you out of the woods to a large pasture where you'll climb and take a left on 'Heaven's Bench
'. Take a break, check out the awesome Vermont views, then start the descent with a right on 'Ridge'
- From 'Ridge' take a right on 'Sugar Hill
' where you'll follow all the way back to 'Vast'
- 'Vast' will take you across the road where you'll hang a right on 'Old Web's
- 'Old Web's
' will go from a quick traverse to a fast downhill that will spill you out by the snack stand that operates on weekends.
- Take a right, then a quick left on 'Hog Back
'; this will get you to the one-way run called 'Sidewinder
' is a legendary huge, flowing trail that is in a gully and is a fast up and down, hair-raising wall-ride.
- Once you come out grinning, take a left and climb West Bench.
- From there you'll take 'Violet's Outback
' to 'Fox Run
' on the right, then a left on 'Bemis
' along the ridge.
- From 'Bemis
' drop in on the left to 'Tap 'n Die
', an awesome downhill with berms, and a nice up and down gully.
- Then take a right on 'RIver Run', a right on 'River Walk
' and climb back to the ridge at 'Loop'
- 'Loop' will take you out to the exit at the Wildflower Inn and Farm
- Take the East Darling Hill Road down the hill where you'll re-enter the trails at 'Sugarhouse Run'
- Take a left on 'Kitchel
' and get ready to fly. Kitchel
is a fun machine built berm playground that makes a nice finale to the loop.
The Kingdom Trails, nestled in a remote Northeast corner of Vermont, were established by local residents and business owners to preserve their natural areas and promote economic growth in the area.