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Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

783 Townshend Road, PO Box 9, Grafton, VT 05146
+1 802-843-2400
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Grafton
Type: Cross-country Ski Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Cross-country skiing
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Owner description: Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center is a multi-season recreation center located in historic Grafton Village, Vermont. In the winter, we offer 15k of Nordic skiing (with snowmaking), 15k of snowshoeing and a 600-foot tubing run. Full base lodge with lessons & rentals. In the summer, we offer mountain biking, hiking, canoe excursions, swimming, and a great summer kids camp program (ages 5-16 yrs). Great special events, like our weekly wine & cheese snowshoe (winter) and hiking (summer) tours!

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Enfield, Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Even though there was no one working at the place we asked at the Grafton Inn if it would be ok for my husband and son to go mountain biking on their trails. The said that would be fine. They enjoyed the ride but did find that several trails were not marked very well. I relaxed with my chair and... More

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Salem, New Hampshire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
42 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Depending on the season, this is wonderful for cross country skiing or hiking. If you stay at Grafton Inn, there is no fee unless you have to rent equipment.

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New Lebanon, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We had skied out at Grafton Ponds years ago. What a joy to be back now two years in a row and enjoy the lovely trails in the hills and fields. The staff was cautious and helpful and we think those folks taking in snowshoeing and the families snow tubing were enjoying themselves also.It was great to see so many... More

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Hartsdale, NY
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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Trails are well groomed with clear grooves and flat areas. Variety of trail levels, with plenty of "blue" options. (If other sites are dry, they always have something open because they will make their own snow, if ncessary.) I'd like them to improve directional signs on trails, so you don't have to take out the trail map so often. People... More

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Antalya, Turkey
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The tubing hill was short and fast, but very thrilling. The path back to the top was icy and steep, and I found it a little hard to climb. We would have spent more time there if the path had been cleared a bit more. It was fun to watch the skiers making laps.

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Due to the warm weather and rain preceding our trip, there wasn't enough snow on the trails for xcountry skiing. We were, however, able to ski around the front fields. It was snowing when we were there and even with the limited skiing area, there was enough space and views for everyone to enjoy the day!

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Naha, Japan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

We visited Grafton ponds to X country ski with our kids in Early December. Unfortunately, when we went, there was almost no natural snow base, so the trails were not open. However they do make snow here, and they had a wide track open out front for skiers. We had traveled far, it was our first time X-country skiing as... More

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Mystic, Connecticut
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

In the summer, made for a great place to run and hike. Extremely close to the Grafton Inn and picturesque scenery.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have been to Grafton Ponds several times, with the most recent being Nov. 4th, 2012. My girlfriends and I had the pleasure of a beautiful hike which ended with wine, cheese and fabulous conversation will Bill, our guide, in front of a toasty warm fire. They have hikes every Sat. changing over to snowshoe hikes come snowfall. It is... More

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New York, New York, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

With some of the nicest people, most beautiful hikes and trails, you can't beat Grafton Ponds. If ski-ing, biking or hiking isn't your thing, bring a camera. They had the best snow for x-country in all VT in '12 and the foliage in Fall '12 is looking likely to be one of the best years ever.

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