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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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    Catamount Conservation Plan

    As you may know, Catamount Outdoor Family Center (COFC) is a non-profit that operates on lands owned by the McCullough family, providing an outdoor recreation facility for people of all ages. Recently, the McCullough’s have been working with the Trust for Public Lands and Town of Williston to conserve their beautiful property, so that generations of future Vermonters and visitors are able to enjoy the property they have made available to all of us for nearly forty years.
    As part of this transition of land ownership, the McCullough’s and the Town of Williston have requested the COFC Non-profit organization and Board stay in place to oversee the future management of the property and to provide programming consistent with its long standing history and mission to “promote family and community well being through activity and education in a natural environment.”
    To that end, we want all of our members and supporters to know that the COFC Board is excited about this opportunity and is deeply committed to working with the Town of Williston, the McCulloughs and the community to define the future of COFC.
    Over the next year, you will not see any major changes in our programs.  Same great place, same great people, same great programs!  We will keep you up to date as we learn more and look forward to your ongoing support and participation in our programs.

    Reminder: No Race Tuesday Night (7/4)

    A reminder that there will be no running race this Tuesday night due to the 4th of July holiday (Enjoy the fireworks!!). We will see all runners back here on Tuesday, July 11th!

    No run race 7/4

    Due to the holiday, we will NOT be holding our Tuesday Night Trail Run on July 4th.  We will be holding our Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Series on July 5th.

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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!

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    Some Fun Facts

    Check out these numbers and see for yourself some of the many ways to enjoy playing at Catamount.

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    Miles of Trails

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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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    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.