Are You A Landowner?

Grant Wieler


We hope to share an appreciation for the special role that private landowners play in Vermonters’ recreational pursuits. Over 75% of VMBA Chapters’ sanctioned trails are on private land. In many cases private land connects larger networks creating remarkable riding experiences.

Through its advocacy, VMBA represents the interests of landowners by encouraging thoughtful relationships with Chapters and providing clarity around Act 250 and landowner liability in Vermont. Further, VMBA has become the first statewide outdoor recreation nonprofit in the country that has created opportunities for our Chapters to utilize federal funding for projects on private land without seeking an easement. VMBA also provides insurance covering landowners that host mountain biking trails on their land. Resources for landowners are listed here.

Landowner Access Agreement Materials:

If you are a landowner seeking to build mountain bike trails, please reach out to your closest Chapter. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact VMBA with any questions.

The riding in Vermont is like nowhere else in the country for few different reasons. The combination of our remarkable public land managers is unmatched by any other state from a local and federal perspective. Private landowners have a rich history of being dedicated to all Vermonters having access to amazing outdoor experiences, which the legislature supports through the Landowner Liability Act. VMBA Chapters are made up of an unbelievable force of advocates dedicated to building trails, hosting events and stewarding countless landowner relationships. Our Chapters are united through the Association and our voice is gaining momentum. Vermont is like nowhere else and that’s just the way we like it.