As a mountain biker, from the moment you arrive in East Burke, there’s a distinct sensation that this is a place where you could stay awhile. Moments linger a few seconds longer than normal in the small town at the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where 60 private landowners have united with the Kingdom Trails Association to sow a network of singletrack unlike any other.
From the steep, old-school New England tech high up on Burke Mountain to the bike park below and the fast-and-fluid trails on Darling Hill, there truly is terrain for every rider in East Burke.
At the end of the day, when you stumble exhausted and elated into the town’s New England country store, or into Mike’s Tiki bar, the creak of the floor boards or the smile on the bartender’s face will remind you that at the core of this small town is a tight-knit community that genuinely wants you to come enjoy the trails and have a beer.
More at kingdomtrails.org.