The Recreation Department provides a wide array of sports camps during the summer which include soccer, basketball, and tennis, and also other programs including children’s summer program, and swimming lessons at the Town’s pool. Copies of the Chester Summer Recreation Program are available late spring which includes specific information concerning dates, times, and fees for each activity. The Department oversees of the pool when open and adult swim hours are available during the summer. Sports such as baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, and flag football are also offered. Information concerning these programs can be obtained from this web site or from the Town Office.
The Chester Town Trails - Lost Mine and Butternut Hill Trails located in the Chester Town Forest are a great place to go hiking. The parking area and trail-heads are easy to find by following Route 11 West out of Chester. Take a right at the Stone Hearth Inn, 698 VT Route 11 West, to access the trial -heads.
For the Butternut Trail, follow Reservoir Road 1.8 miles to take a right onto Lovers Lane. The trial -head can be found 400 Feet up on the right.
For the Lost Mine Trial, follow Reservoir Road .9 miles to take a right onto Water Farm Road. The trial-head can be found .3 miles up on the right.
The Green Mountain Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail that traverses through a 160 acre forest adjacent to Green Mountain Union High School (GMUHS). The trail offers a moderate hike that winds and climbs through beautiful evergreen and hardwood forests. The trail also features a large glacial boulder, stone walls, a wooden footbridge, rock culverts and views of the South Branch Williams River. The trail is used year-round by school and community members (Please note that the trail is not accessible to the public when school is in session. School hours are Sept-June from 7:00 am-4:00 pm) for hiking, running, birding, orienteering and snowshoeing. The trail-head is located behind GMUHS and can be accessed by crossing the narrow, wooden footbridge (near the lower soccer field) and looking for the trail-head marker on the left . See map here for more details- Green Mountain Nature Trail Map
Disc Golf Course Chester, VT has an 18 hole Disc Golf course located on Lovers Lane Road near the Town Pool. The course is a classic, well maintained and well-laid out New England-style course. At 5,970’, the challenging, mostly wooded holes require a balanced combination of both finesse and power. The course has multiple tee boxes on each hole (for beginner and advanced players) and features a nicely designed information kiosk, a handful of unique, hand carved wooden benches, a practice basket and excellent signage and walking paths between holes. The course is FREE to play and starts near the kiosk, before eventually climbing to the top of the pinnacle and culminating on hole #18 which is located just uphill of the recently restored picnic pavilion. For more information and to see upcoming events and tournaments please visit the ‘Chester Disc Golf Club’ Facebook page as well.
Pinnacle Picnic Pavilion Renovation The small wooden building near the top of the Pinnacle sledding hill was restored and repurposed into a community picnic pavilion. The original structure, built in 1972, was used as a warming hut for skiers and to house the motor that operated the ski tow rope. Situated within the Chester Disc Golf Course, the pavilion now includes two picnic tables and features a great view of Chester and the surrounding valley. The building renovation was made possible through a Recreation Facilities grant the Town received from the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. The community is encouraged to make the short hike up the hill and check out this great new Town asset – the view alone is worth the trip.