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Don’t let the flood damage keep you from headed up to VT this weekend. Here are some suggestions on where to ride. The leaves this weekend will be the best in Northern Vermont.

Everything West of the Green Mountains is open and great for riding. You may run into delays from traffic when trying to ride over the gaps. Check Vermont Agency of Transportation for the latest road conditions. My estimate is that 80% of the road damage has been repaired to the point that the road are at least passable and most of these are fine.

I was on Route 100 through the Granville Gulf last weekend and the road is passable but very sandy and there are a lot of patches in the road surface.

I highly suggest U.S. Route 5 along the Connecticut River the entire length of the State. Great scenic riding and most of the highway traffic is on I-91. Lots of stops in small towns for gas and café eats. Not far off of U.S. Rt. 5, West on U.S. Route 302 is Groton State Forest. There are places to camp off the beaten path on the old logging roads. Also, there is camping at Ricker Pond State Park campground. Nice place with camp sites, lean-tos, showers, and cabins. Research on the Vermont Parks and Recreation website. They are open through the end of the Columbus weekend. Call for reservations.

Camping at Ricker Pond, Groton State Forest, Vermont

Moore Reservoir on the Connecticut River, Vermont

Continuing North on U.S. Rt. 5 connect with U.S. Rt. 2. Use Google maps to find some scenic dirt road riding. Connect with U.S. Route 2 and head East to North Concord to pick up the Victory Rd. and head North into Victory Basin.

Victory Basin, Victory Bog wildlife management area, Vermont

Dirt but in good shape, easy to maintain 40 MPH on it. At the junction of the Granby Rd. head East and that will take you to Vt. Rt. 102. Great paved road that again follows the Connecticut River North. Very scenic. The more adventurous can take the Paul Stream Rd. North off of the Granby Rd. for great back country riding up into the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area. You can find a good map on the VT fish and Wildlife website. Lots of off road camping along the Paul Stream Rd. and in the West Mtn WMA. Google maps will show you the way. If you follow the Granby Rd. East and head North on VT Rt.102 you will come to the road to Maidstone Lake, and that will also connect you to the West Mtn WMA.

Lots of riding up in this corner of the State all the way to the Canadian border. The town of Island Pond is a great place to stop for gas and food. Great cafes. From Island Pond you can head about anywhere you like as the flood did not damage Northern Vermont. Other suggestions are the Lake Willoughby area and over around the Jay Peak. Most of the leaf peepers will be on Route 100, the Northeast corner of Vermont should be great this weekend.

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