Local Tip: Vermont Route 100 Lunch and Swim Spot
Updated: Jun 18
When you’re riding route 100 and need a break, check out Forest Road 55 in Granville, VT. The road runs along the White River and this is what makes the road such a nice place for a stop. Ride up the road and look for pull-offs on the river side. The pull-off usually comes with easy access to the river for lounging or a quick swim. You can find a shady, cool spot or a nice sunny one.
Located just north of the Granville Country Store and just South of the Green Mountain Glassworks, nestled into a corner on VT-100, you’ll find an unassuming dirt road, West Hill Rd (also known as forest road 55).
If you're headed north on 100, pick up lunch to-go in Hancock or Rochester or if you're heading south at the Granville General store.
If you’re a street rider and have never ridden a forest road, you may find it intimidating. In reality, most forest roads are meant to be passable by regular passenger cards with a minimum of ground clearance and no 4-wheel drive. If you’re comfortable riding Vermont’s class-3 dirt roads (I.e. pretty much every dirt road in the state) you’ll be fine on this forest road.
Forest roads are subject to closure during the “winter” months. After May 15th you will usually find it open and ready to ride, but if you’re planning a stop it’s always good to check with the Forest Service to make sure the road is open.