Blueberry Lake is located in the Green Mountain National Forest in Warren, one of five towns that make up Vermont’s Mad River Valley. Famous for its great skiing at Sugarbush and Mad River Glen, the Mad River Valley also boasts beautiful countryside and wonderful community. Blueberry Lake is no different. Honored with a United States Forest Service Award for promoting and enhancing recreational opportunities in the Green Mountain National Forest, it also received the International Mountain Bike Association’s Model Trail Award and was designated a “Gateway” trail for providing excellent riding experiences for varied skill levels.
What Makes It Great
Created with the beginner/intermediate rider in mind, Blueberry Lake offers about six miles of singletrack in three loops of varying difficulty: The Field Loop, Flying Squirrel and Leonard's Loop, named for Leonard Robinson, the original designer of Blueberry Lake and the owner of Blueberry Lake Touring Center. All the trails are machine-built and are therefore very smooth and buff. The Field Loop is the easiest and shortest trail in the network and offers rolling terrain and beautiful views. Both Leonard’s Loop and Flying Squirrel are good for beginner and intermediate riders with some steeper climbs and descents, and rockier sections.
Interested in introducing a new rider to mountain biking? Then this is the perfect spot to start. While most of the other trail systems in the Mad River area are set up for advanced riding, these trails offer gentle grades and wide turns without the rocks and roots. Because they are so smooth, their fast flow keeps the more skilled riders entertained as well. There is also some opportunity to make these loops a bit more challenging choosing steeper ascents on Leonard’s Loop or a steeper descent off of Flying Squirrel using the Quarry Trail.
The Mad River Valley, especially during fall foliage,is a must see. The trails, especially Field Loop, offer sweeping views of Blueberry Lake,the Vermont countryside’s forest and farmland, and the surrounding mountains.
Take advantage of the location and go for a quick post-ride swim in the lake.
The trails are managed and maintained by the Mad River Riders, who also maintain a host of other trail networks in the area. Download a trail map for more information.
Who is Going to Love It
Beginner and intermediate riders just starting out and those riders introducing new ones to the sport. Blueberry Lake offers something for everyone. It’s fun, the trails are flowy and smooth and the views are impressive. Riders will leave the day smiling and wanting to go back for more.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Blueberry Lake is on Plunkton Rd. Park in any of the access or pull-off areas. Trailheads are on the opposite side of Plunkton Road from the lake.