The Retreat Farm offers several ways to access the nine-mile Retreat Trail recreation network. Trails are free and open to the public year-round to hike, run, cross-country ski and snowshow. Mountain bikers and equestrians are also welcome. No motorized vehicles. Pets are welcome on leashes, but we ask that owners not bring pets in areas where farm animals are grazing. Owners must clean up after their pets. Please pack out what you bring in. In the fall, we recommend wearing blaze orange while on our trails.
Cedar Street: at the Harris Hill Ski Jump
Solar Hill: off Western Avenue, behind Solar Hill Yoga and adjacent to the Neighborhood School House
Upper Dummerston Road: before the I-91 overpass
Retreat Farm: past the farmstead, the trail climbs the hill behind the old bunker silo, following an old farm road, and then forks to the left
Retreat Meadows Trail: across from the Retreat Farm, on Linden Street
These trails were originally created by the Brattleboro Retreat in the 1800s and have been used by the Brattleboro community for years. In 2006 and 2007, the Windham Foundation and Brattleboro Retreat worked with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) to revitalize the trails to make them more environmentally sound and easier to follow. Today, Retreat Farm works with the Windham Foundation and the Brattleboro Retreat to maintain the trails. We hope you enjoy them.