Fairfax Dam - TRAIL

Fairfax Dam - Trail, Fairfax, Vermont

ups and downs, and all arounds! These loops are a ton of fun to explore on, there are new trails being added all the time, and are a ton of fun! The trails range from easy to difficult, so theres plenty of variety for everyone!

User Reviews (8)

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timothy.burgher@gmail.com   Downhiller [Aug 30, 2009]

This is a decent group of trails. There is much better stuff in the area, however. I rode here about three years ago and they had started logging the upper section of trails. The trails were intact then. At this point all of those trails are no longer. I think that was the best part of the place. It's a nice forest to ride around in but I didn't like seeing all the ATV tracks all over the place. The trails are not marked well but it's fairly easy to tell where you are going and it's not a big area.

My previous review is below under the name "Ragnarok." My feelings on the area have changed considerably since then. There is much better riding in the area with far better trailbuilding Due to logging lots of the trails here have been lost over the years.

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From the road where you can see the Fairfax Dam you head straight up any of the steeps paths that come from the parking lots. The trails are on the opposite side of the roads as the dam. I rode around the lower sections of trails for about 20 min then headed up top to where they had been logging. From here you can follow red spray paint marks on trees. There is not much up here. You can either head down some trails or try to find yellow arrows nailed to trees. This will direct you to a really gnarly downhill root that I didn't try riding.

Similar Products Used: West Hill and Endo Woods are both great. West Hill has a fairly vast network that connects with other trails in the area. Endo Woods is a small loop but worth checking out.
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2
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3
Timothy Burgher   Downhiller [Aug 30, 2009]

This is a decent group of trails. There is much better stuff in the area, however. I rode here about three years ago and they had started logging the upper section of trails. The trails were intact then. At this point all of those trails are no longer. I think that was the best part of the place. It's a nice forest to ride around in but I didn't like seeing all the ATV tracks all over the place. The trails are not marked well but it's fairly easy to tell where you are going and it's not a big area.

Customer Service

From the road where you can see the Fairfax Dam you head straight up any of the steeps paths that come from the parking lots. The trails are on the opposite side of the roads as the dam. I rode around the lower sections of trails for about 20 min then headed up top to where they had been logging. From here you can follow red spray paint marks on trees. There is not much up here. You can either head down some trails or try to find yellow arrows nailed to trees. This will direct you to a really gnarly downhill root that I didn't try riding.

Similar Products Used: West Hill and Endo Woods are both great. West Hill has a fairly vast network that connects with other trails in the area. Endo Woods is a small loop but worth checking out.
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3
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3
wilson   Cross Country Rider [Jul 12, 2004]

An imortant update...Fairfax Falls is back in it's freestyle form. About 50% of the original trails have been reclaimed. Some new trails have been added. Plenty of ups, downs, and drops. A basic loop has been marked but you'll need to explore from the top of to find all the sweet downhills. Intermediate-advanced riding. 1 hr. + loop. Park at Fairfax Falls dam, trailhead is opposite green bridge, go up the wheeler trail.

Similar Products Used: smuggler's notch, montgomery area, any fotwheel, nek
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4
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4
Chris Dussault   Weekend Warrior [Oct 19, 2003]

FYI folks, there's a pretty big logging operation happening on this trail system. I went there yesterday and was greated by the sounds of chainsaws and idling skidders. The trails I know are torn up. Soemone who REALLY knows theie way around up there could probably string together a ride, but it looks pretty wrecked to me. Hopefully it'll be salvaged next year.

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5
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3
mc14850   Weekend Warrior [Sep 17, 2003]

This is a great area! I have just returned from my second day riding there and discovered lots more singletrack. Some very twisty smooth trails through the pines. The stunts others have mentioned are solidly built with a couple nice log skinnies, a few jumps and some really nice stone wall crossings (with the trail zig-zagging back and forth over an old section of stone farm wall). Well worth the drive from B'ton.

Customer Service

A steep climb from the parking area brings you to the top of the East/West ridge where the stunts are, just keep heading uphill. If you drop over the other side (South of the ridge) swing to the East of the four wheeler trails for some really nice single track loops in pine forest, sweet stuff.

Similar Products Used: Catamount, Camp Johnson, Essex Res., Circ. Highway, etc.
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5
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4
Ragnarok   Downhiller [Aug 13, 2003]

Wow! I am impressed. Lot's of fun to be had here. Lot's of flowy singletrack, a few boards and jumps here and there. The area has some fun stone wall crossings too. Definitly worth checking out. You have to go to the very top of the whole area which is quite a climb. I had to hike my bike up to the very top where there is a pine forest with lots of felled trees (but the trails have been cleared). The area is shared with dirt bikes and ATV's but there is still pristine singletrack to be found. Good stuff.

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4
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4
BurkeVT   Cross Country Rider [Jul 11, 2003]

This is a great little trail system. There is lots of twisty singletrack through mostly pinewood forest. The terrain features a nice sand-based, needle-covered soil that holds up quite well when moist. It's smooth and soft, except for the massive pieces of ledge jutting out of the ground..of which there's a lot. There are steep grades that prove quite challenging to anyone with less than 100mm suspension up front...probably challenging for those on relatively cush bikes too, now that I think about it. These trails are piled on top of one another. One gets the feeling that you're not riding on a terribly big piece of land, but that the trail builders have utilized the acreage at their disposal to it's maximum trail-holding capacity. I've ridden up there several times, and still find that I tend to ride more stuff when I go with a local riding buddy-I can't seem to find it all by myself- there are lots of little, easyily overlooked singletrack that a tourist will certainly miss. Even though this area is relatively small, it can keep one entertained for a couple hours. It's often technical, steep at times, windy and smooth in between and fun overall.

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5
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3
Jay   [Jun 12, 2002]

This is a great area that is free to ride, and offers a variety of terrain, including rocky traverses, curvy single-tracks through beautiful white pine stands, lung frying climbs, and even a sand pit complete with a nice launch. It's a great place to swing in for a great workout.
Just drive to the dam at Fairfax Falls, and part right next to the transformer station. The trails ascend into the forest across the road.

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4
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Josh Taylor   [Sep 17, 2002]

This place has some really amazing riding for free. Some people have built some things on top of the hill that are pretty sweet. There are things like teeter-totters, log crossings and jumps. Although it isn't obvious at first, there are some things here that are really fun for free-riders. If you look to the sides of the trails, you'll notice plenty of things to drop off, into and fly over. The sand pit jump is pretty damn fun too. Me and my friend went up there one time and found this really steep rock wall that people were riding around. With some careful relocation of branches, we set up a small trail that led right to it and off of it. It's a good 7 feet followed by another 2-3 footer. It's a really great challenge to fly off of. See you on the trails.

Customer Service

Just explore, there's lots of stuff to be found if you look around.

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