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About Us

Catamount is an outdoor recreation facility with 500 acres and 20 miles of trails to play on. We offer many activities, events, camps, and programs for all ages and abilities.

The Catamount Outdoor Family Center has been the home of the McCullough family since 1873. The place was originally the home farm of Giles Chittenden. The main house was built by his father, Vermont’s first Governor, Thomas Chittenden, in 1796.
The property at Catamount is listed by the Vermont Division for Historic Places and the national Register of Historic Places as the “Giles Chittenden Homestead”. The land is situated on two hills affording vistas including the Green Mountains and the Winooski River Valley in the East and the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain in the West. A pleasant combination of woodland, pasture, and cropland combine with mostly gently rolling terrain to make this 500 acre property a gem in burgeoning Chittenden County.
We started the recreation/conservation land use experiment in 1978 that you see here today. The property has become a model of education, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, conservation, historic preservation, and recreation.  It regularly services Vermonters throughout the Northwest quadrant of the state. It is also a destination for tourists from around the globe. Catamount is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.

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Our Mission

To promote family and community well being through activity and education in a natural environment.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center began as a cross country ski center in 1978 as a way to utilize the unique 500 acre property. Since that time Catamount has grown to include summer season activities such as mountain biking, hiking, trail running and winter season activities of snowshoeing, fat biking and sledding. Catamount also produces numerous events, weekly races and an extensive summer camp program that currently serves over 400 campers each summer. The trail network has grown as well and now includes a diverse variety of trails covering about 20 miles in total. Since 2005, Catamount has been operating as a 501(c)3 not profit, and strives to offer opportunities for all ages and abilities. The business began as a means to keep the property preserved for people to use and enjoy into the future and now, almost 35 years later, it continues to offer opportunities to activities in the outdoors. Catamount relies on many a variety of funding sources to further its mission, including user fees and memberships, fundraisers, grants, and tax deductible contributions.

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Our Activities

We offer a diverse range of activities and events that get people outside moving and learning.

Hiking & Walking

Our trails were built for many uses, including walking and hiking.  With our marked loops and varied terrain, we provide many options for all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors and take in nature and beautiful views.

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We offer many different events and programs all year long. Find out what's going on at Catamount.

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    Trail Work Day With LL Bean

    Join L.L.Bean employees on Sunday, April 30th from 10 am – 1 pm for a short work day (3 hours) of cleaning and maintaining trails at Catamount Outdoor Family Center to say “thank you” for a great winter of events.  WHAT TO BRING: Gloves, clippers, safety glasses, weather appropriate clothing (layers; no cotton), waterproof footwear, small day pack with extra clothes, snacks, lunch, water, personal medications.  For more information go here.

    Summer Season Passes Available Online

    With the coming of sunny days and warmer temperatures, our Summer Season Passes are now available to purchase online.  We have changed our fee structure from past years and now there are 3 types of passes.  The Area Use is for those that just want to run, ride, walk or hike on the trails.  The Area Use Plus 1 Series adds EITHER the Tuesday Night Trail Running Series OR the Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Series and the Area Use Plus 2 Series add BOTH.  If the drying trend continues, the trails should open back up for use at the end of April.  The weekly races start on Tuesday, May 23rd.

    Catamount Members At Cyclocross World Championships

    Catamount members and summer camp instructors Sam Noel, of Shelburne, and Cooper Willsey, from Hinesburg, fared well at this weekends UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg.  Sam raced to 43rd place on Saturday in the Junior Men’s Race.  On Sunday, Cooper placed 22nd in the U23 Men’s Race.  The course and conditions proved to be quite challenging with cold temperatures and frozen (and thawing) ground surfaces adding to tricky off-camber sections.  Read more

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    Happy Customers

    We have thousands of satisfied customers that enjoy using Catamount throughout the year!

    • “…We love working in Williston and having Catamount as a resource for outdoor fitness activities so close by is fantastic. We are family oriented as well, and our children have also participated in your wonderful summer camps. We are very lucky and blessed to such a wonderful facility right in our back yard and owe you all a big thanks for all the heard work you do…”

      Jeremy Matosky, P.E. President, Trudell Consulting Engineers
    • “…Catamount has provided the opportunity for our entire family to be active in a natural environment and to share memories that will last a lifetime. It is hard to imagine that what started in 2003 as a fun Tuesday evening run for Linda and Sam (then age 7), turned into a place where we now all enjoy four seasons worth of activities…”

      Kort & Linda L, Catamount Members
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    We couldn't do it without their generous support!

    • Earl's Cyclery & Fitness
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    • White's Bikes & Outfitters
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    Check out these numbers and see for yourself some of the many ways to enjoy playing at Catamount.

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    Campers Last Summer

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    Fat Bike Rental Bikes

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    Years of Cyclocross

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    Find us conveniently located in Williston with easy access from most of Chittenden County.

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    Please feel free to contact us. We want to hear from you with any questions, concerns, or to simply just let us know what a great time you had on your last visit to our place.