The Vermont Super 8 is a bikepacking route in the shape of an 8 that connects dirt roads throughout Vermont. The route uses public rights-of-way ranging from short sections of pavement to remote and rugged ancient roads. You should expect plenty of climbing, some overgrown roads, some washed out and loose terrain, and lots of cruising on classic Vermont dirt. Depending on your bike of choice, you may face short hike-a-bikes.
This route is challenging! A 40-mile day bikepacking in Vermont can feel like a 100-mile day on a road bike. Set your expectations accordingly, and plan well to give yourself intermediate options and contingency plans.
The northern lobe of the 8 is designed to be ridden counter-clockwise. The southern lobe is designed to be ridden clockwise. Any direction is fine, but if you go opposite of this suggestion then you may encounter a particularly rugged climb!
Towns and camping areas are spaced strategically along the Super 8 to provide riders with consistent resupply options. The waypoints shown on the map above are included in the 2019 .gpx track linked below for download. In the cases where resupply points or other points-of-interest are nearby but significantly off-route, the .gpx will show an optional spur to the waypoint. We recommend using a Garmin or other similar GPS unit that can store and navigate .gpx tracks.
Vermont BIkepackers is proud to coordinate with the Kingdom Trails Association to provide Super 8 riders complimentary access to specified trails on the KTA network on the way through Burke. If you plan to ride this section of the Super 8, you must sign the waiver included in your download folder.
recommended minimum tire size: 45c / 1.95, though many riders choose full MTB or plus tires.