EAST BURKE, VERMONT
East Burke, Vermont, isn’t just the best mountain bike destination in New England, it’s one of the best places to ride in the country. Bike magazine’s reader poll rated its Kingdom Trails the best mountain bike trail network in the country. And Dirt Rag magazine called the area “one of the premier mountain bike destinations on the East Coast, if not the entire United States.”
Soft, buffed singletrack that winds from Darling Hill Ridge to the Passumpsic River combines with more technical trails on Burke Mountain to form more than a hundred miles of well-designed multiuse trails. One of the best newish cross-country descents, Skydive to Swan Dive, flows from wide-open hardwood glades into mossy spruce forest, following the terrain’s natural undulations. The lift-accessed Burke Mountain Bike Park on the ski area offers 2,000-vertical-foot downhill trails.
Access from East Burke is as easy as it gets. All the aforementioned riding is a quick peddle from the village, which with a library lawn, gazebo, and babbling brook as the centerpiece of downtown is about as postcard Vermont as one could imagine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CBW, ALAMY