Small Town Loop - Cycling

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Summary

A scenic 25.7 mile ride through the countryside of three small, quintessential Vermont towns full of rolling hills, beautiful landscape and mountain views. A fun, traditional countryside blast.

Written by

Suzanne Loring

Distance

26.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

11.8 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

1.5 - 2.5 hours

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

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Intro

Ride through the “downtown” areas of Richmond, Huntington and Hinesburg, three small towns just outside Burlington, on this 25.7 mile loop. Start the ride at Volunteer’s Green in Richmond. Riders can park here as well as grab a coffee or breakfast sandwich at the Green’s parking lot partner, Parkside Kitchen.

What Makes It Great

This is an underestimated ride with a lot of moderate, yet sustained, climbs that will feel a little harder than the actual elevation gain. There are two good hills, one coming right at the beginning on Huntington Road and the other on the opposite side heading back towards Richmond from Hinesburg on Richmond Road. While the climbs may be challenging, the descents are fun. The road condition is good all around so riders can feel comfortable opening up and enjoying the downhills.

As with most Vermont routes, the views from this loop are eye-catching. Rustic barns and farmland dot the landscape throughout the ride. Camel’s Hump gets up close and personal through Huntington while the Adirondacks play coy along Route 116, flaunting their beauty from further afield.

Riding through each of the three town centers riders will get a vibe of small-town living in Vermont. Enjoy Richmond’s growing downtown, with bakeries, restaurants and historic landmarks like the Round Church. Take a break in Huntington’s quiet but popular town center with general store and library. Or perhaps Hinesburg’s “more-bustling” scene will bring smiles, with its natural market and the Hinesburg Public House.

Turn right out of the parking lot onto Bridge Street, cross over the Winooski River and past the historic Round Church. Follow the road around to the right as it turns into Huntington Road. Follow Huntington for a little over seven miles and take a right onto Hinesburg Hollow for about five miles. At the end of Hinesburg Hollow turn right onto Route 116 towards Hinesburg Center. After about four miles take a right onto Mechanicsville Road and then veer right onto Richmond Road for just under six miles. Riders will then follow the road around to the right at Fays corner, staying on Richmond (now referred to as Hinesburg Road). Follow Hinesburg Road for another mile and a half which will bring you back to Huntington Road. Take a left and head back to Volunteer’s Green and the car.

Who is Going to Love It

Riders looking for a ride a little off the beaten path, but full of Vermont charm. Not far from Burlington, the loop provides a very different perspective of Vermont-living than the one seen from the city. Farmland and countryside, popular town center locales full of locals and the quiet countryside that resident Vermonters love. Riders looking for a solid ride, but without a steep hill challenge, will find what they are looking for here.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Park at Volunteer’s Green on Bridge Street in Richmond. It’s free and open all hours.

Location

Small Town Loop

Volunteers Green, Bridge Street
Richmond, VT, 05477
44.402, -72.996631

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