Review: Couldn't ask for better place in the East Coast, something here for everyone. Some trails beginner, some advanced and technical. I spent around 5 hours on the trails and did around 40 miles. It was lot of fun. God I spend all my time around Vermont, winter or summer :)
Go here, it doesn't get any better than this in the East.
Review: I couldn't imagine a better place to get away from everything and put on some miles! The trails are unbelievable (too many highlights to list), the scenery is amazing, the people are fantastic, and the small town vibe is very welcoming! This place made me want to quit my job, leave everything behind, and work on a farm or something in the area so I would never have to leave! If you haven't been here yet, do yourself a favor and take a few days and explore this network of trails! While you're there, check out East Burke Sports and The Pub Out Back. You might never leave!
Review: This place is epic. That's really all that needs to be said. Great mix of everything - super friendly beginner stuff, fun flowy intermdiate stuff, tight technical advanced stuff, and some great freeride and downhill options. Not located in St. J though, you'll want to navigate to East Burke. The KT office is just to the right of the East Burke Country Store, stop in there to get your pass.
Review: Finally made my first trip to KT the weekend before NEMBAfest this year. A group of 6 of us rented a house a few miles from the trails and made a weekend out of it. We range in abilities and tastes and we all had the best time ever. There is such a great mix of terrain that you can really make the ride whatever you want. We rode about 45 miles in the 3 days of riding and covered some of the best trails thanks to great advice from the people at the KTA office. They are more than willing to help plan your ride each day and they really know their stuff. Was already planning out our next trip on the ride home. If you are debating making a trip just set the date and go! You won't be disappointed.
Review: Hands down one of the most fun rides I've ever done! We went in October and it was simply stunning. It poured the first day and no one even cared because it was so fun. The trees were beautiful, the trails amazing and the community was so supportive. I agree with all the other reviewers: do not hesitate another season and go!
Review: This is the best trail system on the East Coast and maybe the whole US. We have been riding there for 13 seasons and the trail mileage has gone from 40 miles to over 100 miles with everything from fantastic cross country to double diamond skills trails on the ski mountain. We go for a week and never ride the same trail twice - unless we want to!
Review: Wow! If you have not made the trip yet, pull it together and get up to East Burke Vermont. The riding is endless and there is something for every level rider. Plus, if you don't get enough riding in during the day time...the night riding is off the hook!
Review: What an opportunity. Had a couple of days off work and drove up from Freeport, ME on my way to Cleveland, OH.
KT is worthy of every ounce of praise. The employees at the Trail store were extremely helpful in laying out a nice 18 mile loop. Thanks! The guys at Burke Sports are awesome. So much to do out here you really need a few days. Be sure to ride Sidewinder. We did 2x. Thanks to the landowners and the town of Burke for making this place possible. Now get out and ride!
Similar Trail: 5pts, Racoon Mtn., Dupont Forest, Pisgah NF, Hilso,
Review: I echo everyone else's comments. Believe the hype. All-in, I don't think there can be many better places to ride in the country. Well marked, smooth and incredibly flowy. You can spend all day riding here, climb about 3000 feet and not feel like it was that hard b/c it's so flowy. Not too many big climbs. I live in NJ and have been there 5 years in a row. It's just a great place and they keep building new trails. We often pay one of the shop guys to drive us up the hill so we can pack in an extra 800 feet of descent on top of the 2500 or so feet we "earn". There's nothing very technical, but it's so flowy that you can pick up a fair amount of speed. Another nice thing is the trails are made for and by MTB'ers. Generally no hikers or horses.
We also tried the main downhill trail this year too, which was a lot of fun, but we usually do our second day ripping some downhill at Highland Mountain Bike Park in NH.
Review: Can't say anything that hasn't been said already. This place is EPIC. You could easily ride for days on new trails every day. The boardwalks really make the ride interesting and they seem to be everywhere. At one point of the ride on the last day we came across a small hut in the middle of the forest with a little old lady selling snacks like candy bars and whatnot. This should be on your list of destination trails.
Review: What's great about this place? I rode 8 hrs over 2 days w/almost no stopping and was on new trail 90% of the time. Very well-maintained, fast flowy singletrack, intermediate - no rock gardens, almost no logs or jumps, occasional 3 ft wide bridges w/a cpl that narrow to 1 ft wide.
What's also great? This whole town and area totally welcomes us. Usually we're relegated to some corner of a park way out of town. Here, you hit the trail right in town. MTB is treated like skiing in a ski town here, w/merchants & locals going out of their way to make us feel welcome.
Is Kingdom the 20th best in the world, as this site ranks it? Don't know about that, not having ridden a lot of the other top ranked. But it certainly beats Tsali of NC, ranked #3 (!). It's not Moab or Fruita - those areas are way above this, in tech challenge, variety and god knows the views are spectacular at each. But Kingdom is a destination, worth the trip if you want to ride and ride for days. Especially good for families and new riders, who can gain confidence without heavy fear factor looming. And experienced riders can get plenty out of it, too - almost every trail can be tech if you ride it fast enough!
Similar Trail: Bent Creek, NC; Stewart Airport, NY
Review: All the hype is true. The Kingdom trail system is a mountain bikerís Mecca. This trail system includes over 110 miles of Intermediate to advanced trails. Must ride extensions include Side winder, Widow Maker, Pines and Rim. All the trails except the side winder are two way. There is a $15.00 fee to use the trail and the Kitchel, Harp, and Herbs diamond extensions are closed for logging. Village inn of East Burke is a real nice, affordable place to stay and down the road from the trail system. (The Kingdom trails are located in East Burke not in St Johnsbury. For trail info visit this site, http://www.kingdomtrails.com/)
Review: What a wonderfull place. I am sure there are many parks like this out west but here in the Northeast the Kingdom is a rare gem. The trails are too vast to describe in details but they have everything form fast XC - technical trail - full on DH/freeride. even though the place gets pack the trails are usually not jammed up.
Review: Some of the best riding I have ever had the pleasure of doing. Something for everyone, the area offers fast, buff singletrack, and some downhill/ freeride on the Burke Mountain side. You can ride for hours and not cover everything. They boast over 100 miles of trail with more being added all the time. The redesign of Kitchel is amazing!!! Updated bridge work on Jaw is new this year as well. One of my favorite places to ride and well worth the trip. The town of East Burke becomes a haven for mountain biking in the summer. Cool, laid-back vibe with breathtaking scenery.
Review: 2010 and this place is in great shape still. The track is hard packed and the signage is great - it's so hard to get lost. We rode almost 50 miles in 36 hours this past weekend; 4 times on Webs, 2 on Kitchel... check out Old Webs, too! It's worth the climb on the way up through the loose sand!
Review: Awesome, awesome, awesome. Great trails - mid week riding was amazing, came across probably around 10 people over my ride (close to 3 hours).
Trails are amazing, nice hardpack, constant maintenance going on which is awesome. So much to explore - will def be back there. I don't think there is a bad trail. Rumor is they will be marking out 3 loops to ride - making a nicer flow to your ride rather than having to stop and check your map at intersections when trying to put together a nice ride.
How are there no pictures up??!! I didn't take any today because I figured there would be a ton!! Ah well, next time.
Review: This is New England's mountain biking mecca. As stated below, you could ride 2-3 days here on their well-marked and beautifully maintained trails. Everything from amazing sculpted trail (Sidewinder or Kitchel, anyone?) to miles of wooded singletrack to the VAST network of easy doubletrack. You can climb, descend, and bounce around to your heart's content, and Tim and his crew there will tell you exactly what to ride through based upon your time, skillset, and bike handling abilities.
Review: After moving to Colorado, I still raved about this to all my friends. When I came back in July and road with my buddy, it was even better than I remembered it. Every time I go there, I see changes and the hard work people put into this system. This place is truly the mountain bike heaven!
Review: Friggin Sweet! Only been a few time, but I cant wait for the snow to melt. But its only December. So many trails to explore. Dead Moose Abuse kicked my ass, but I had a smile on my face the whole time. Something for everyone.
Review: 100 miles of single and double track and some of the pretties scenery in New England, what more do you need? I only wish I lived a bit closer so I could ride it every day. I've been riding here for 6 years now, and try to get up there at least every couple weeks. Maybe it's tame for 20 something daredevils with death wishes, or measure their manhood by the amount of scars they have, but if you just like riding trails in the woods, this is heaven. There is flat stuff, uphills and down. Skinny single tracks with roots and rocks, and buff rides through the softwoods that are like butter. There are many trails there, my favorites are Webs, Widowmaker (not as severe as its name) Fenceline, and Pastore Point. And I especially like an unmarked trail i discovered last summer.
Review: Kingdom Trails is a network of trails in the area of East Burke, Vermont.I recomend the trail map. When you look at the map, you will see the left side is labeled Darlington Trails, while the right is labeled East Burke X-C Trails.I did the left side on a Saturday, 15 miles,covered most of the diamond and double diamond single tracks but missed alot due to time.The trail here are very nice but not technical by any means.They will give you a great workout though and the scenery is by far worth the trip anyway.Trails I recomend are Pastore Point,Coronary,Tody's Tour,Beaver Path,Webs,Dry Feet,West Branch,Hog Back,Jaw,Knob,Cow Path and East Branch.I was here in October of 2004 and the change in color of leaves and the cool crisp fresh air of Vermont made me want to stay. Had to go to work though,so that idea ended right there. Anyway,this 15 mile ride was an elapsed time for me of 2 hours. Mostly all singletrack,but like I said,not too technical. An agressive amatuer X-C rider would do nicely here. We got to East Burke Sports shoppe at like 11:00 AM, hit the trail head and made it back to the parking lot by 3:30. Of course we stopped along the way to chat and eat some bars.
Sunday,I tried the right side of the map , Burke X-C Trails. I did not see too many bike tracks nor riders here at all. The other side is much more popular.Again,, I tried to hit most of the singletracks and diamonds. We hit a few nice climbs and a few nice decents. This side was a little more technical,but again, an aggressive beginner would do just fine.Few trails I recomend : Dead Moose Alley,Owls Peak and J-Bar. I did probably 13 miles,, but missed alot again due to time. Have a great ride,enjoy. Watch out for rattlesnakes,, I heard them but did not see any.
Review: 14 miles NE of St. Johnsbury. From I-91 exit 23 Lyndonville take rte 5 North to rte 114 to east Burke Sports. Kingdom Trails located in Baileys and Burke Store in town.
The new Kingdom Trails Center is located in East Burke at the back of Bailey's in Burke general store. Information, maps, and trail passes can be purchased at this location. Day passes are $6.00 and a seasons pass is $25.00. All fees go right back into the trails.
The network is composed of trails that run the gamut of all the various mountain biking challenges. There is probably 40 miles of singletrack that is linked together by various cart roads and double-track. The Kingdom trails is rougly split into three sections: the west side of Darling Hill, the East Side of Darling Hill, and Burke Mountain (the downhill and cross-country ski resort). The Darling Hill trails are suited for all types of riders. The challenges of these trails mainly come from bombing along the tight, twisting trails at high speeds. I reccomend Pound Cake, Webs, Pines, and Leatherwood. More technical trails suited for advance riders can be found coming down from Burke Mountain onto the cross-country ski trails. I reccomend Moose Alley and Dead Moose Alley. For specific directions and reccomendations, as well as maps and day passes come to our center in East Burke (located behind the Bailey's in Burke general store).