Located in the town of Dover, the finished Valley Trail will be a scenic pedestrian and bicycle pathway approximately five miles in length. Located mostly on private lands, the Trail will connect Mount Snow in the north with the West Dover Historic District and village in the south. The proposed trail will provide important transportation benefits for the community, linking the shopping areas and recreational amenities. It will also serve as an important link between several extensive mountain bike trails in Dover and proposed trails in Wilmington, allowing riders to bypass Route 100.
The Valley Trail is designed to benefit both the town's 1500 residents as well as the 600,000 visitors each year who come to Dover to rest, enjoy the rural countryside, and to participate in the area's many amenities and recreational activities.
History of the Trail
Over 300,000 miles of pedestrian and bicycle pathways, also known as greenways, currently exist throughout the United States. Vermont is a national leader in using transportation dollars for these pathways. The Vermont General Assembly first authorized a Transportation Path program in 1991. In 1993, 25 communities applied for grants totaling nearly $10 million of funding. Dover was on of ten communities selected for funding, largely because of the highly committed work of the Dover Valley Trail Committee and the strong support of the community's residents and commercial establishments. Dover was the recipient of a $324,00 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation in 1993 to fund construction for the so-called 'B to C' section of the Trail. This section, .82 miles long, is located in the highly critical business district zone of West Dover. It will run from North Commercial Center to Mountain Park Center. Construction of this section is now nearly completed.
The Trail segments are:
A-B Tollgate Village to North Commercial Center. Construction Date to be determined
B-C North Commercial Center to Mountain Park. Construction Completed
C-D Mountain Park to Handle Road and a spur from Country Club Road thru Kingswood to Handle Road. Mostly completed 1997
D-E Handle Road to Mount Snow Base: completed
Below is the Cross Town Trail & Valley Trail map.