If age comes before beauty, Bennington County comes in first as the older county in Vermont still in existence. This 678 square mile county hosts portions of the Green Mountain National Forest and the White Rocks National Recreation Area in the southwest most corner of Vermont.
For cyclers of all difficulty levels Bennington County offers a variety of short and long trails from which to choose. For a gentle, short excursion check out the Lye Broke Falls Trail. This heavily wooded gravel trail runs for 2.2 miles through the Lye Brook Wilderness of the Green Mountain National Forest. The trail follows in the wake of a former logging railroad up a gradual slope paralleling Lye Brook. Near the southern end of the trail, a spur will take you to the cascading 125-foot Lye Brook Falls, one of Vermont's highest.
For cyclers wanted a bit more of a challenge, the 23 mile long Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail is the perfect fit. The Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail quietly rambles over the rolling hills and farmland of western Vermont along the state’s border with New York, dipping into its western neighbor at the community of Granville. It traces an old Delaware and Hudson railroad line that operated between Rutland and Albany, playing a vital role in the slate industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. When you reach Granville, be sure to take a short side trip to the Slate Valley Museum to learn about this interesting history.