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The Bennington County entry needs some serious editing. Here’s my suggestion: — 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 corner of Vermont. For cyclists of all levels Bennington County offers a variety of short and long trails from which to choose. One of our favorites is the 23 mile long Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail. The southern section of the D&H quietly rambles from Rupert, VT 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 the old D&H 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. The D& H northern section connects downtown Poultney with Castleton and the university campus there. Bennington County also hosts the southernmost end of the Vermont section of the Western New England Greenway, US Bike Route 7. USBR 7 provides a mapped route all the way from the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut to the Canadian border, where you can continue on the Route Verte to Quebec and Montreal. If you’re interested in mountain biking, in Bennington check out the BATS trail system on Mount Anthony at the Southern Vermont College campus. Or ride flat on the Ninja path along the Walloomsac river. From there it’s easy to connect three different covered bridge crossings in two miles. Manchester provides a constantly-improving bike-friendly environment, and a great coffee shop/bistro vibe. Then, continue North through Dorset (quarry swim, anyone?) to one of the most beautiful rides in Vermont - Route 30 through the Mettawee valley. — Also, the links need to be repaired Active transportation Guide - probably needs to be deleted for now. Walk/ bike maps - try this: https://www.bennington.com/recreationintheshires/ Bennington Cycle Club: No more; Try Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) https://www.facebook.com/batsvt Regional Planning Commission - BCRC http://www.bcrcvt.org/