Each episode of this series has started off with the same sentence: #TrailLove is an exploration of the people and the stories behind the trails we ride everyday. That is a rather broad description of this series, as the title can mean any number of things to any number of people. It's a question we've asked everyone we've spoken with throughout the project, and every answer has had it's own nuanced interpretation. But, there's a unanimous theme of a community's connection to the trails found in their own backyards, and the tremendous value that people see in developing more trails to bring riders in.
Trail love is something that certainly exists all around the world, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place on the planet that loves their trails more than the town of East Burke, Vermont. This small town is in the middle of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, and is home to the legendary Kingdom Trails, an enormous network featuring over 100 miles of sinewy, dark and glorious singletrack. These trails represent the town's biggest commercial expectation, and are open in some capacity throughout the year. Burke has one of the East Coast's best bike parks, as well as a pumptrack in the center of town, and if you know the right people (which is easy enough here), some of the most beautifully sculpted dirt jumps you'll find anywhere.
But it's the singletrack that draws people in, and for good reason: the same trail can offer up a variety of riding options for a variety of riders. Beginners and pros alike can derive an equal amount of joy while sharing these trails, and that's due to the advocacy, trail work and land management by the Kingdom Trails Association. The greatest example of trail love can be found amongst the private landowners, whose properties hold 96% of the trails found throughout the network. In an increasingly litigious world, it's reassuring to find so many people who encourage the building of trails on their own private property, and without any incentive other than knowing that their decision is for the greater good of the town and of the trails. We couldn't think of a more appropriate place to bring the series to a close than here in East Burke, Vermont; the epitome of #TrailLove. Enjoy.Episode of 4 #TrailLove would not have been possible without support from:
The Kingdom Trails Association
The Wildflower Inn
The Vermont Food Truck Company
The Burke Publick House
Help the KTA and Vermont Land Trust preserve one of the Kingdom Trails' most popular sections by clicking here.
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