Sports & Outdoor Recreation
There are four local opportunities in and around Cavendish, Vermont for working out indoors:
Castle Hill Resort and Spa
An Aveda concept spa located in Proctorsville offers daily, monthly and yearly rates. Includes workout room, outdoor pool, and tennis courts.
Ludlow Community Center
Weight Room/Fitness Center, locker rooms, meeting rooms, dining room/cafeteria, gymnasium and much more. Zumba, Yoga, pick up basketball, exercise class and more take place during the week. Ph. 802-228-2655
Spring House, Pool and Fitness Center at Jackson Gore
Indoor and outdoor pools, fitness/weights, exercise and yoga classes, tennis and more. Day, monthly, seasonal and yearly rates. Part of Okemo Mountain Resort.
Edgar May Health and Recreation Center
Located in Springfield, this fitness facility offers a lap pool, a wading pool, and a therapy pool. Children's and adult swim classes available. Ph. 885-2568
Whether you want to fish, take a hike, kayak, canoe, snow shoe, cross country ski or snow mobile, Cavendish, VT offers a variety of out door fun and activities. You can take a walk on any of the town’s backgrounds or on the sidewalks in the villages.
Along Route 131 in Cavendish, the Black River offers some of the best trout fishing in the state. The area is designated as a Trophy Trout Stream and restricted to artificial lures of flies only. The lure preferred by Vermont trout are nymph’s, specifically dark olive or brown soft hackles. There are a number of pull offs for parking.
A walking path approximately one mile in length, plus a portage point for canoes and kayaks for the Black River, is located at Greven Field in Proctorsville.. Plenty of parking and porta potties are on site. The walking path follows the Black River, and is on the outskirts of a baseball field. It winds through the woods and is flat for easy walking. There are places along the path to sit and relax, read or rest. Directions: Heading West on Route 103, the entrance to Greven Field is on the right hand side of the road, just after Depot Street and just before the intersection of 103 and 131.
Knapp Pond Wildlife Management Area
A 1,272 acre parcel of land, Knapp Brook contains a unique variety of wildlife habitats including vernal pools, seeps, beaver flowages, a large wetland area and two ponds created by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department in the late 1950’s. (Knapp Pond #1 has a handicap accessible fishing facility.) The ponds are stocked with rainbow and brook trout, and Knapp Brook contains wild brook trout. Kayaks and canoes are allowed on the ponds and many ice skate here in the winter. Directions: From the village of Cavendish, head east on route 131. Take Tarbell Hill Road, and go approximately 3 miles, Knapp Pond Rd will be on the left. Take 0.7 miles to reach the first Pond. View in google maps >
Proctor Piper State Forest
Over 1,500 acres of State Forest land are located in the Cavendish area. The Forest is mostly undeveloped offering hiking, picnicking and seasonal hunting. Located in the southern midsection of Vermont, covered bridges, fishing ponds, historic sites and more are just a few miles within each other including the Hawk Mountain Wildlife Management Area, which offers an opportunity to view black bear and white-tailed deer. Directions: In the Village of Proctorsville, take Depot Street off of either Route 131 or 103. Turn onto Pratt Hill Road. This road will take you onto Forestry Road and into the State Forest. View in google maps >
There are a number of VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) Trails in Cavendish as well as an active snowmobile Club, Cavendish SnowFleas. For more information about the Club call 802-554-0011. Snowmobile rentals are also available from Snow Country Snow Mobile, Ph. 802-226-7529, 96 Winery Rd.