Catamount Outdoor Family Center

592 Governor Chittenden Road
Williston, Vermont 05495


Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, VT

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you let me know if you cancel a race due to weather?2023-05-24T16:32:21-04:00

COFC uses the National Weather Service Hourly Forecast to make weather related decisions. If the forecast is showing a 60% chance (or higher) for thunderstorms between 6:00-7:30pm, we will cancel the race for that evening. We will make cancellation decisions between 4pm and 5pm the day of the race, and will announce it on our Facebook page. 

What are your hours of operation?2022-12-14T11:24:51-05:00

Our trails are open for general public use every day, unless condition pose a safety or trail damage risk. Please check the trail condition report for trail status. Trails are typically more sensitive throughout mud season (end of March- beginning of May), and from November until we have enough snow for grooming. Guest Service and rental hours change seasonally.

Trail Conditions

Winter Hub Hours

Summer Hub Hours

Is there a trail use fee?2022-12-14T11:25:53-05:00

All pedestrian use including hiking, walking, trail running, snowshoeing, and sledding are complementary. All biking and skiing use requires a membership which can be purchased annually, seasonally or by the day.

Can I bring my dog?2022-12-14T11:26:33-05:00

Dogs, and other pets,  are not permitted on the Catamount Community Forest. There are several other local options that allow dogs.

What should I do once I arrive?2022-12-14T11:38:54-05:00

Visiting Catamount is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Complete our waiver (once per calendar year)
  2. Sign in every time you visit
  3. If biking or skiing, make sure to bring your membership card or grab a day membership (available online or at the Hub).

Upon arrival, please stop by our Guest Services & Rental Hub and say hi! The waiver , sign in, and the membership fee can be completed ahead of time online. If the Hub is closed, you can use the self-pay slot and QR codes at the Hub.

What should I plan to bring?2022-12-14T11:39:52-05:00

Bring clothes appropriate for the weather (things can change quickly) and activity. Be sure to pack enough water as well. We recommend snapping a picture of our map or downloading a trail map to help navigate the trail network.

Do your trails close?2022-12-14T13:17:23-05:00

Catamount closes trails as needed based on conditions or for temporary events. All closures will be listed on our website’s Trails & Conditions page. The trails at Catamount are a privilege from both the Town of Williston and several private landowners. Please respect all trail closures and make sure to read signage on site.

I’m a beginner… do you have easy trails?2022-12-14T11:45:50-05:00

Our trail system is the perfect jumping off place for those new to trail adventures and for anyone seeking to challenge their skills through progressively harder terrain. Our trail map uses the standard difficulty rating system of green (easy), blue (intermediate),  black (difficult),  and red (expert/jumps). These colors represent the single track, or more narrow trails. The grey on the map is double wide and these are the most accessible trails.

Can we hike on the trails during the winter?2022-12-14T11:48:16-05:00

Snowshoeing is permitted on the extensive single track network and is the perfect place to enjoy the forest. The groomed ski trails are closed to snowshoeing and fat biking at this time. We discourage any hiking or walking traffic without snowshoes during the winter season in an effort to prevent costly damage from foot traffic.

How Can I Get More Involved With Catamount2022-12-14T12:03:47-05:00

Catamount has lots of avenues for community involvement!

  • Catamount needs volunteers on a regular basis to support our events, races, programs, and trail maintenance efforts.
  • Catamount is looking for enthusiastic folks to join our team for guest services, trails, & recreation instructor roles.
  • If you are interested in supporting Catamount as a Community Sponsor we would be thrilled to hear from you and develop a mutually beneficial partnership! 
  • Support Catamount through memberships; Check out our new Annual Supporting Membership option.
  • Donate to Catamount today.
Can I bring my group, program, business, or event to Catamount?2023-03-29T10:49:08-04:00

If you are a business or organization interested in bringing clients, groups, or programs to Catamount please contact us directly at least 60 days in advance. All businesses & organizations offering services on the property are required to provide a Certificate of Liability. In addition, you may be responsible for usage fees; Temporary Event Permit; and additional Port-o-Let rentals.

To inquire, email 

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