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Recreational Organizations

List of Recreational Organizations in Bennington

From the rolling hills of Mount Anthony, to the depths of Lake Paran, Bennington offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. See below for a list of premier recreation organizations in Bennington. Stay up to date with each organization’s happenings!

Bennington Recreation Center

(Exercise facility, child care, swimming pool, community wellness programs)

Follow this link to the Recreation Center page on this website.

Bennington Area Trail Systems (BATS)

(Hiking, mountain biking, nordic skiing, snowshoeing) 
The Bennington Area Trail System’s mission is to build and steward trail systems that support human-powered outdoor recreation opportunities, while cultivating a culture that values outdoor recreation, community health, and a recreation economy in southwestern Vermont.

Follow this link to their website (CLICK HERE)

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 Lake Paran Recreations

(Swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking, educational programming)
Lake Paran is a not-for-profit recreational and environmental education organization located in historic North Bennington, Vermont that is lovingly maintained and operated by local nature lovers. Our mission is to affordably bring the natural beauty of Southern Vermont to people of all kinds, while also providing healthy, outdoor fun!

269 Houghton St, 
North Bennington, VT 05257

Monumental Runners
Group meets every Sunday at the Coffee Bar for a run. All levels of runners are welcome!

Prospect Mountain 

(Nordic skiing, snowshoeing) 
Prospect Mountain maintains more than 30 kilometers of trails. When the snow falls, the trails are expertly groomed for both skating and classical cross-country skiing. Most trails have tracks set on either side with a wide skating lane in the center. There are also special snowshoeing and single-track trails. We have trails from beginner to expert. The Mountain Trail is popular with experts looking to climb more than 400 feet to the top of the mountain. After enjoying the view into the valley below, get ready for several kilometers of downhill fun!

204 Prospect Access
Woodford, VT 05201
(802) 442-2575
Green Mountain Club Bennington Section

(Hiking, snowshoeing, volunteer trail maintenance programming)
The Green Mountain Club Bennington Section is for anyone interested in hiking, walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail maintenance, and other outdoor activities. Bennington is located in the beautiful Green Mountains and close to the Appalachian/ Long Trail. We are one of the sections of Vermont’s Green Mountain Club (GMC) which, since its founding in 1910, has been the protector of Vermont’s backcountry – the forests, ridges and mountains that make the Green Mountain State a special place to hike and explore the outdoors. Our first members built the 270 mile Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada, completing the nation’s first long-distance hiking trail.

Bennington Appalachian Trail Community

As a recognized community in the A.T. Community™ program, the town of Bennington provides assets for everyone who uses the A.T., providing food, supplies, recreation, history, volunteer opportunities and so much more. The group also organizes an annual Bennington Trailfest event at the end of July. To learn more, contact Silvia Cassano at


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