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Jay Community Recreational Centre

Outdoor Recreation, Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing

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Welcome to the Jay Community Recreational Centre
The Jay Land Trust Community Recreational Centre—JCRC was founded for the purpose of conserving landscape, scenic vistas and important wildlife habitats while promoting the health and well-being of the community of Jay (and beyond)! Through the protection of forest resources and providing safe and sustainably managed recreational and educational opportunities on protected property, we hope to develop a sense of responsibility for natural resource stewardship in our present and future generations. Our goal of “no child left inside,” aims to improve children’s health and foster a love of the outdoors and a sense of stewardship in children.

JCRC is located on Cross Road in Jay, Vermont and has ample parking at this trailhead. We currently have over 16 miles of safe, well-maintained multiple-use trails for non-motorized sports spread over 240+ acres of beautiful terrain, and offer EASY and FREE access to a system of well-marked and maintained walking—hiking—running— biking—cross country skiing—snowshoeing trails. These trails offer a myriad of family friendly trails and areas for all ages and abilities. Bird watch, forage for mushrooms, look for wildlife, cool off at the river…. Explore JCRC and never cease to be amazed!

Find our most recent map here: Trail Forks JCRC Map

Do you believe in our mission too? Want to help make it a reality? Click here to make a donation.

Calling all Volunteers!
We rely on our community volunteers to keep our trails clear of debris and safe for all of our visitors. On May 28, 2024, we hosted a Ben & Jerry’s Community Foundation Trail Clean Up Day. The team from Ben & Jerry’s was joined by 8 local volunteers and 24+ North Country Union High School students and teachers to lug lumber, clear debris from trails, paint outhouse doors, picnic tables and benches, adjust drainage in berms, and rehab Big Bossman. Volunteers will reconvene on June 23 to construct a bridge over a historically wet spot in the trails. Jay Westfield Elementary and Troy Elementary Schools have helped us clear trails and learn about trail stewardship in the process.

We have had the good fortune to welcome Northwoods Stewardship Center crews and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to JCRC for many projects: to construct trails, conserve our riverbanks, build bridges and provide maintenance. We couldn’t do it without them.

Want to help us ensure the safety and sustainability of our trails, but don’t have the time to volunteer? Make a donation! Click here.

Who uses Jay Community Recreational Centre
Beginning with our first snow, our Nordic trails are open to all―whether it be cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking or winter biking. We encourage local residents and visitors of all ages to “Get out and Get Physical” to improve health and fitness in our natural setting.

Local schools bring their students to the JCRC to hike, bike, play in the meadow or in the river, get creative in the mud kitchen, and explore the “spooky Halloween trail.” The students can be found in rain or snow or…well, you get it! They are hardy souls!

Aside from trails, our visitors can enjoy a Gazebo for shelter, a 2-stall composting privy, a mountain biking skills progression park accessed by smooth, easy trails for beginner bikers and exercisers, picnic tables and benches scattered throughout the property, charcoal grills and a bridge across the river. There is something for everyone…we encourage all to exercise in our beautiful natural habitat.

We provide opportunities for folks to enjoy the outdoors alone or with friends and family. Leprechaun Scamper Scavenger Hunt, Egg Hunts, Pumpkin Pi(e) Run/ Walk, Full Moon Walks and bonfires, Spooky Trail Decorations….seasonal fun for everyone!

Want to support our efforts to get our community members outdoors and moving? Click here to make a donation.

Oktoberfest: Schedule of Events
Our 9th Annual Oktoberfest is happening! Save the date: Saturday, September 7, 2024, from 10am – 3pm
Check the schedule (and photos) below so you don’t miss the fun!

Pumkin Trebuchet Video
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Chili Contest

Pumpkin Pi(e) Run
Click here to register, or register on site, day of event.

MUSIC at the Jay Village Inn: Zuko and the Gang

Silent Auction- Dog Biscuits to Jay Peak Water Park Tickets, Quilts and everything in between! Over 50 items. Not to be missed!
Vendors- Over 40 vendors of foods, crafts and fun! Want to be a vendor? Click here.

NEW FOR 2024: Paint and Sip with Alyssa Delabruere! Alyssa Delabruere, local artist extraordinaire, will lead a Paint and Sip in the quonset hut at the Jay Village Inn on Saturday, October 7, from 11 am – 1 pm. Non-alcoholic beverage, light breakfast snack and all necessary art supplies included in the $50 per person price for the experience. Additional snacks or drinks may be purchased at the bar. Appropriate activity for ages 13 +, and a maximum of 15 people. Please pre-register to save your spot! Click this link to register. Click to register here.

Would you like to be a sponsor of our 9th Annual Oktoberfest? Click here to find out how!

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