Located in Jericho Center, a small town just outside of Burlington, Mobbs Farm sits on 258 acres of farmland, forest and wetlands. It was a working farm until 1968 when the Mobbs family sold it and the land was eventually bought by the town of Jericho. It is maintained by the Mobbs Farm Committee. Split in half by Fitzsimonds Road, the property has two sides: Mobbs Valley and Mobbs Hill, which together provide nine miles of trails for running, walking, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The area is also home to an abundance of wildlife and a variety of different birds.
What Makes It Great
Both Mobbs Hill and Mobbs Valley are beautiful. Mobbs Hill has four miles of trails that ascend the hillside on both single and doubletrack trails. Steeper than its counterpart in the valley the Hill’s trails are riddled with rocks and roots, and some rock ledges making it important to pay a bit more attention to your foot placements. The hills will provide a nice workout, but are not extremely challenging.
The trails landscape includes remnants of the land’s bygone days of farming as rusted out cars and stone walls decorate the trailsides. Heading across the road and down into Mobbs Valley, runners will find an additional five miles of pastured and wooded trails. Sections of the trail meander alongside Mill Brook, across a series of bridges and provide peaceful views of the water and waterfalls.
Runners will enjoy the rolling hills of the valley and the surrounding scenery. A run in the Valley will leave runners feeling peaceful and refreshed. The trails are well maintained and well marked. There are main trails on both sides which are well-used and relatively easy to follow (Americana on Mobbs Hill, and a variety of trails in Mobbs Valley, including Old #4 Trail and the Out ‘n’ Back Trail). There are also a variety of smaller side trails that can be a bit trickier.
Maps can be found at main intersections along the trails on both the hill and valley sides as well as at the parking areas on Fitzsimmonds and Browns Trace roads. Runners can also download maps for Mobbs Hill and Mobbs Valley to take with them.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners looking for a fun and scenic run with rolling hills and some steeper, but not vastly challenging, ascents. Choose to do one side or the other for a short quick run or link the two together for a longer run around the Vermont countryside. Mobbs Farm is a great area for cruising that is off the beaten path, but still close to downtown Burlington.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking for Mobbs Farm can found be at the trailhead on Fitzsimonds Road about one mile after turning off of Browns Trace Road. Parking and trail access is free and Mobbs Farm is open all hours.
It is highly recommended that runners wear bright orange during hunting season as hunting is allowed on the property.