About Kingdom Trails
Vermont's largest recreation trail system: 100-mile trail network for mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, nature study, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
In the rolling hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom lies what, until now, has been a well-kept secret. Those in the know are aware of an extensive network of quiet, scenic recreational trails. Mile after mile of winding single track, long-forgotten logging roads, broad fire roads and scenic country roads all beg to be explored on foot, a bicycle, skis, or snowshoes.
These are what we call the Kingdom Trails.
Adult Day Pass - 16 years or older. $15.00;
Kid Day Pass - ages of 8-15 years old $7.00;
Child Day Pass - 7 years old or younger, no Charge.
Where to purchase a Pass:
- Locally, purchase your pass at the tent in East Burke village (they setup on the weekends during the summer months).
- Everyday, visit East Burke Sports in East Burke village, or Village Sport Shop on Route 5 in Lyndonville.
Kingdom Trails has 3 distinct options for mountain bikers.
1) Darling Hill Trails
This is where the majority of KT's singletrack trails are located. Situated on one of the more picturesque hills in Vermont, these trails wind through a wooded and pastoral setting.
This system has trails for all levels of abilities whether it’s the old farm roads and Nordic Trails for beginners; or tight, fast, flowing, singletrack for riders of all abilities. Some of the more renown trails are Tap N die, Sidewinder, Kitchel, Todys Tour, Coronary Bypass, Pines, and Webs. We know you will be talking about some of these trails long after your visit.
2) Burke Mountain trails
Open from June 1st through October 15th.
Burke Mountain offers more challenging terrain, yet many trails can be ridden with a hard-tail mountain bike. The top of the mountain offers a higher challenge with two Downhill trails and one Freeride trail.
The trails that descend from the summit offer the MOST technical riding, giving the rider more opportunities to challenge themselves. The trail crew and staff recommend the following things for any rider to consider when going to ride the summit trails…(**=required for Freeride Trail)
5” Full-Suspension Bike**
Group size of Three or more Riders**
Fully Body Armor
Lower on the mountain are some of KT's famous fast singletrack; Dead Moose Alley, Enchanted Forest, Black Forest, Camptown and J-bar. Kt is always adding new trails and look to put more riding opportunities on this beautiful mountain in the future.
3) Burke Bike Park -
Kingdom Trails has collaborated with Burke Mountain Operating Company to create a gravity downhill trail system using the high speed quad chairlift on the Lower half of the Mountain.
Last fall KT built a premier double- black diamond experience trail with all kinds of elements on it’s mile long track. The trail now known has “Knightslayer”, named not coincidentally after the designer Knight Ide (and one of our favorite microbrews at Trout River Brewing).
This year KT is adding two more excavated trails that are lift-accessible and there are some classic KTA singletrack as well.
The Chairlift will open on Saturday June 18th and will run every weekend until Mid-October
Of course, there is the Kingdom Trail Network for hiking along with the inn's own hiking trails (which is part of the 100 mile Kingdom Trail Network). A map is available at the front desk.
If a more vigorous workout is more your style, then take a hike up Burke Mountain. The view from the top is well worth it!
Another great hike we recommend is hiking Mt. Pisgah at Lake Willoughby. You can start at the south end of the lake. The hike will take you way above the lake giving you an aerial view of the lake and surrounding area. Be sure to bring a camera with you!
A list of more great hikes is available at the front desk.
Mountain Biking/Road Biking
Kingdom Trail Network
Includes the trails on Darling Hill, at Burke Mountain and around East Burke. Trail maps can be purchased at the front desk.
Enjoy biking on any of the scenic roads in the Northeast Kingdom. A list of great loops is available at the front desk.
Mountain bike rentals available at:
- East Burke Sports in Downtown East Burke 626-3215
- The Village Sport Shop in Lyndonville 626-8448
If you're a golfer the NEK has some of the best golf opportunities in New England. Great golf courses that offer Great Value will challenge the skilled, and offer spectacular memories to all. The scenery and the friendly atmosphere in the NEK guarantees enjoyable golf experiences for all.
St. Johnsbury Country Club - 18 holes, Championship (Intermediate to advanced) Route 5 748-9894
Orleans Country Club - 18 holes, Championship (Intermediate to advanced.
Route 58 East 1 mile out of Orleans, road on Right up hill, not marked well 754-2333
Newport Country Club - 18 holes, Championship (Intermediate to advanced)
Newport exit off I-91, bear right, second right at 4-way intersection 334-2391
Barton Golf Club - 9 holes (beginner to advanced) Rt 5 to Barton to Rt . 1 mile on right 525-1126
Grandpa's Invitational - 9 holes (beginner) Newark Village at 4-way intersection.
Swimming, Vermont Style
Route 5 in Barton, 15 minutes northwest of West Burke
Route 5A, 15 minutes north of West Burke
Located 15 minutes north of West Burke on Route 5A
Beautiful lake below Mount Pisgah and Mount Hoar
Fish from shore or rent a boat. Trophy fish to be found in this lake because of its great depth.
On Route 5 northwest of West Burke about 15 minutes
Beautiful large lake for fishing and swimming, good fishing from shore or boat.
Catch rainbows, pickerel, steelhead, perch, and bass
Enormous Lake running from Newport to beyond the Canadian border.
Boat rentals at Marina Pier in Newport. 1-800-974-5911.
Great fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, etc.
Fishing Hole in river next to River Garden Cafe in East Burke
Any place on East branch of Passumpsic from East Haven to Lyndonville or on West Branch of Passumpsic from West Burke to the town garages on Route 114, Lyndonville.
All of the following are in the Newark area, 10 - 20 minutes north of Burke, and are stocked with trout. All have good fishing both from the shore or a boat, and public boat access:
Newark Pond, Center Pond, Jobs Pond, Bald Mountain Pond
East Burke Sports Canoes, Kayaks 626-3215
Village Sport Shop Canoes, Kayaks, paddle boats 626-8448
East Burke Sports; Hiking, Biking, Boating 626-3215