Grafton offers wide range of recreational activities ranging from simple relaxation, like "porch rocking" and watching the world pass by to actively enjoying the outdoors, like mountain biking, hiking and skiing.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center is a year-round recreation center located in Grafton. In the summer, Grafton Ponds offers nearly 2,000 acres of mountain biking and hiking trails (including equipment rentals and lessons), canoe excursions and a popular kids camp program for children age five to 16 years. In the Winter, Grafton Ponds boasts 15k of groomed Nordic ski trails and another 15k of back country trails, 10k of snowshoeing trails and a 600-foot tubing hill. Grafton Ponds, which is part of the Grafton Inn, is also host to numerous seasonal events, including the July 3 Vermont Symphony Orchestra Concert & Fireworks Under the Stars.
The Windham Foundation also provides two tennis courts on Pleasant Street for warm weather use and a raised platform heated tennis court for colder and inclement weather. These courts can be reserved through the Grafton Inn. The fast flowing streams in Vermont provide great fishing opportunities and our lakes will keep any canoe enthusiast very busy. The pond located behind the Windham Foundation offices is a great place for frog catching. We stock the pond every year for children age 12 and under to fish.
Several times throughout the year, nearby dams increase their flows to provide great white water kayak and rafting challenges.
Both the casual and serious golfer will appreciate the wide variety of affordable challenges nearby courses offer. The views of the Vermont mountains are as exciting as the play itself. Horse lovers will enjoy the many trails and quiet roads available. Recreation for some is the trip to the nearest antique or gift shop. Grafton offers a unique choice of items for the discriminating shopper.
The blacksmith shop, located in the Village, allows visitors to step back in time to when the blacksmith was one of the most important craftsmen in the community. A large collection of antique wrought iron work and tools are on display and for sale. Visitors are welcome. Visit the Blacksmith page for more.
More on Grafton
For more information on recreation in the area, please visit the Grafton Promotional Association website at www.graftonvermont.org.
In Brattleboro: The Retreat Trails
If you have the chance to visit nearby Brattleboro, please visit the Retreat Trails, a nine mile recreational trail network that is owned and maintained by the Windham Foundation and Brattleboro Retreat.
Download: Retreat Trails Map - Retreat Trails Rules/Guide
Trails are open year-round for walkers, hikers, bikers, equestrians, nordic skiers and snowshoers. Pets are welcome on leashes. No motorized vehicles. Please pack out what you bring in. Kiosks representing public trail entry points are located at the following sites:
- Retreat Farm: in the main farm compound behind the farm house
- Cedar Street: across from 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 Meadows Boat Launch: across from the Retreat Farm, on Linden Street
Trails were originally created by the Brattleboro Retreat in the 1800s and have been used by the Brattleboro community for years. In the past two years, the 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. We hope you enjoy them.
Other places to find trail maps:
- Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, Main Street
- Guilford Welcome Center (off I-91 heading North into Vt.)
- Brattleboro Parks & Recreation Department, Main Street
- Burrows Specialized Sports, 105 Main Street
- Brattleboro Town Office
- Grafton Village Cheese Co., Linden Street, Brattleboro