Policies & FAQs

Kingdom Trails has a set of policies and rules that help make everyone’s trail experience – bikers, visitors, locals, and staff – the best it can be. Please follow these simple procedures so we can continue to be awesome! Thanks!
Access
Parking
Positive Community
Dogs
Trail Closings
Group Size

Access

Bike Trails open as weather permits in May and generally close by October 31st- this year, if the weather permits, we will stay open til Nov, 2nd.
Trails are closed month of NOVEMBER
Nordic Trails open as early as snow conditions permit and close by April 1st.

Parking

For the Winter Nordic Season, please park in the following designated parking areas:

  • Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Center at 2074 Darling Hill Rd. Lyndonville, VT.
  • Warming hut open 7 days a week 8AM-4PM- directions and ticket purchase
  • Vermont Children’s Theatre on Darling Hill in East Burke
  • Self pay kiosk with maps available

For the summer Bike Season, please park in the following designated parking areas:

  • East Burke Sports parking lot
  • The Inn at Mountain View– This lot requires a $5 Fee which supports the “Rescue Animal Sanctuary” (NO RECREATIONAL VEHICLES (RV’s) or Large Vans PLEASE)
  • Darling Memorial Park
  • Burke Mountain Base Lodge, mid Burke, or the summit

Positive Community

Please DO NOT change at your car. The parking lot is a public area, and we have received numerous complaints from the locals about seeing half naked bikers. Please use our changing rooms or a restroom.

  • Be aware of other traffic, i.e. cars, trucks and buses. VT Route 114 can be very busy with log trucks.
  • Limit group numbers to 10 or less
  • Please ride single file.
  • Do not congregrate in road, please respect local vehicle traffic
  • Respect private property and homes
  • Please use portable restrooms located at various places in Village
  • Do not wash bikes in streams or rivers

Dog Policy

NO DOGS ON WEEKENDS (Saturday & Sunday)
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Vermonter’s love their dogs and it is very enjoyable to spend time with them outdoors. Kingdom Trails would like to remain amenable to dogs using the trails but there are too many issues regarding dogs to ignore. Recently, a dog policy was formulated to ensure that the trails remain a positive experience for all users and the natural resource is not unnecessarily impacted. Some of the concerns about dog companions that were raised by the Board of Directors are as follows:

  • Safety of other users. A dog could cause a hindrance or accident with another user, especially a biker.
  • The health of the dog. Your dog may not be conditioned to follow at a quick pace for miles. Also, a collision could seriously injure the dog. Dogs also get lost on our trails and have often followed other users who then spend the rest of their time looking for the owner.
  • Imposing your dog on others. Though it is unfathomable to dog owners, some folks feel threatened by any dog. So you have just negatively impacted someone’s experience on the trail system.
  • Leash laws: The local municipalities that Kingdom Trails incorporate all have leash law ordinances.
  • Private Landowners: Most of Kingdom Trails traverse private property and we would not want an irreparable conflict due to a user’s dog to rescind our permission to use their property. Also many landowners have pets and livestock of their own and a dog’s natural instincts could cause a problem with either.
  • The impact on the environment and wildlife. Dog poop! Contains pathogens and not fun for others to discover. Dogs may chase or disturb a native creature that could injure either or both.

We thank you ahead of time for heeding this policy established to help mitigate these issues.

NO DOGS ON WEEKENDS (Saturday & Sunday)

Kingdom Trails always encourages its members and guests to leave their dogs at home. If they so chose to bring their dog Monday through Friday it must be in control at all times, preferably by a leash. Please clean up after your dog by burying the waste. We also request that folks do not leave their dogs in their vehicle or tied to a tree while they are out enjoying the trails.

Can’t find the answer to a question on our site? Give us an email with your question and we’ll get back to you. See our Contact Page on how to get a hold of us.

Trail Closings & Rain Policy

We keep the majority of the Darling Hill Trails open at all times. The Darling Hill trails comprise 70% of our system. However…with rain, comes a muddy, messy trail system…forcing us to close our trails near Burke Mountain. The trails on Burke Mountain have a different soil type and tend to erode quicker when wet. As much as closing these trails can be an inconvenience to our users who have come to visit, it is mandatory that we do this so as not to damage the mountain trails. Any amount of users who ride when we close our trails can lead to severe erosion and damage, as well as hours of labor repairing the trails. If there is a chance of rain, there is a good chance the Burke Mountain trails will be closed, but the Darling Hill trails will remain open.

  • Check out our trail conditions & descriptions page on our website for up to date conditions and closings.
  • Call or email us about any of your trail inquires.
  • We ask that you please follow this policies, for the future health of the trail system.

Group Size Policy

To lower the impact on our trail system both physically and socially our Group Policy is:

Please no more than 10 people in a “travel pack” on one trail at a time

Please do not congregate in large groups in one location.

We are aware that groups come to ride and have fun together but large groups affect both the environment and other peoples experience.

Best bet is come into our center and we can recommend good rides for everybody.