History Tour of South-central Vermont

This tour heads south from the MRV down iconic VT Route 100 towards the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, the birthplace and historic site of Vermont’s only Presidential before heading east and up the Connecticut River Valley. Highlights include Grafton Village, the American Precision Museum, the King Arthur Baking Center, Dartmouth College and the Joseph Smith Birthplace.…

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Capital District Excursion

Along this 55 mile loop you’ll visit Vermont’s twin cities of Montpelier and Barre. Montpelier is America’s smallest state capital while its neighbor, Barre is the granite capital of the world. There are lots of beautiful and interesting attractions along the way.

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The Green Mountain Byway

The Green Mountain Byway – Explore the scenery, recreation, history and culture of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. Capped by Mount Mansfield (Vermont highest peak) and the Smugglers’ Notch mountain pass, you’ll find something for everyone! Get outside, get going, and celebrate Vermont along the towns and villages of the Green Mountain Byway.

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Northfield – Roxbury Route 12 Loop

The Northfield Mountains create the eastern edge of the Mad River Valley. This 37 mile loop  goes over two of the gaps that criss-cross the range. It features stretches of the scenic Mad River Byway along the Mad River before it heads up and over to Northfield Falls,  the home to Vermont’s highest concentration of…

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East Warren Loop

This 10 mile loop delivers long vistas and bucolic agricultural landscapes. If you can stop, park and stretch out those legs, this adventure has lots of places to enjoy a walk.

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West Hill Loop

This is a great add-on loop if you want to explore the beautiful landscape above Warren Village and back around via the Lincoln Gap Road. Consider making a side-trip “UP” the Lincoln Gap to check out this magnificent, steep passage over the Green Mountains. Don’t forget Lincoln Gap goes unplowed and is closed for the…

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Bragg Hill Loop

This relatively short loop delivers some of the MRV’s most spectacular views year-round. Hard up against the intersection of Route 100 & Route 17 turn up Bragg Hill Road. You’ll come across Knoll Farm and then the views really open up. Stop by the South Fayston cemetery to take in iconic MRV views and explore one of the…

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Sugarbush SHARC

The Sugarbush Health and Raquet Club has both an indoor and outdoor pool as well as an array of other amenities. Get Directions.

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Classic Mad River Valley Driving Tour

If you’re pressed for time and you can do just one jaunt around the MRV on your visit, this is the one! It’s also a great way to get the proverbial “lay of the land.” It’s a loop starting and ending at the MRV Chamber Visitor Center. Tack on some of the other adjoining loops…

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Country Mile Vermont

Country Mile Vermont offers all-inclusive inn-to-inn walking tours in the heart of the Green Mountains. Guided day hikes are also available for guests in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury, Stowe, and Montpelier areas. We love the outdoors, and we love hiking. But we also know that sleeping under the stars isn’t for everyone. That’s why…

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The Full Monty – Covered Bridge Tour

This 39 mile driving tour that begins at the MRV Chamber Visitors Center takes a leisurely one and a half hours that brings you through 7 covered bridges while offering spectacular views and pleasant opportunities to sample the local flavor along the way. Here are the bridges you’ll discover along the way; The Great Eddy Bridge,…

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Local Covered Bridge Tour

This trek begins at the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce office on, well, Bridge Street in historic Waitsfield Village. The scenic drive takes you on a 19 mile trip that takes in 3 bridges: The Great Eddy, the Pine Brook and Warren Village covered bridges. There is spectacular scenery along the way on the,…

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Long Trail: Mt. Abe from Battell Trail

Challenging, 5.8 miles out and back, elevation gain 2500’ One of Vermont’s five 4,000’ mountains, the rocky summit of Mount Abraham offers 360 degree panoramic views of the White Mountains, the Adirondacks and Killington Peak – called “one of the best panoramas from the Long Trail” by the Green Mountain Club. The Battell Trail climbs…

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Waitsfield Country Roads Loop

Moderate, 5 mile loop, elevation gain 500’ (paved and dirt roads) This walk offers beautiful views of the Green Mountains across the valley. Along Common Rd, notice the Skinner Barn, a beautifully restored historic dairy barn originally built in 1891 by the Daniel Skinner family. Of classic post and beam construction, it has now found…

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Blueberry Lake

This wonderful, clean lake gets warm earlier – and stays warm later – than the rivers. It has a gravelly bottom that is shallow enough for kids to have a safe blast and deep enough to take kayaks, canoes and even a small sailboat or sailboard out if the wind picks up. It is boardered…

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Mad River Byway

The best way to experience the Mad River Valley is to explore the scenic Mad River Byway. The Mad River Byway is one of a collection of scenic Vermont roads recognized for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural recreational or scenic qualities. The Mad River Byway stretches 36.5 miles and winds its way through Middlesex, Moretown,…

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Sunset Ledge

(Download Printable Hike Description PDF) Easy/moderate 2.2 miles out and back, elevation gain 400’ Sunset Ledge is a favorite, family-friendly destination. As the name implies, this short hike is well known for its grand sunsets over Lake Champlain and the rugged Adirondack Mountains. If returning after sunset, don’t forget to bring along a flashlight or…

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Double Gap Tour

This drive features spectacular mountain views, thrilling ups and downs, and the very best foliage that Vermont has to offer. You travel over the Lincoln Gap which, at 2,410′ is the highest one in the state as well as over the Appalachian Gap at 2,365′, the highest gap open all year. See the Map! Highlights…

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Lake Champlain via Hinesburg and Charlotte

A beautiful drive over the 2,365′ Appalachian Gap to the crystal waters of Lake Champlain with some opportunities for sightseeing along the way. Of special interest: The Shelburne Museum The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory The Charlotte – Essex, N.Y. Ferry From VT-100 in Waitsfield, turn onto VT-17 and head WEST over the Appalachian Gap, the…

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The Northern Loop

This 76 mile tour takes you north to Waterbury, Stowea dn up through Morrisville. Then it wraps around the Worcester Mountains through Scenic Elmore and Worcester along scenic Route 12. You end up in our state capital of Montpelier before retuning back to “the valley” via the Mad river Byway. See the Map! Highlights: Legendary…

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Mill Brook Trail

This pretty trail takes you above Rt. 17 through a hemlock forest and a deer yard. It is wooded, and although not very long, rolls up and down moderately steep hills which makes it more vigorous than its length would suggest. The path is narrow with a series of wooden footbridges and rocky terrain underfoot.…

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Ward’s Swimming Hole

Just north of the Mad River Valley, on Rt. 100B is a gem of a swimming hole and small park.  There are rocks to climb, boulders to hop, and a large grassy area to enjoy on a warm summer’s day. From Waitsfield, go north on Rt. 100 and where the road splits, continue north on…

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The Punch Bowl Swimming Hole

For many years, the Punch Bowl has been a recognized nude swimming hole so discretion is advised. It is a beautiful spot with water cascading over boulders and pools as much as 10-feet deep. There are also some picnic tables and dogs are welcome. From Waitsfield, go south on Rt. 100 and turn right onto…

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Warren Riverside Park Swimming Hole

This quiet Mad River swimming spot, right off of Rt. Rt. 100, is shaded, shallow, and welcoming. There is a parking area, a picnic table, and a rope swing and is perfect for a family outing. From Waitsfield, go south on Rt. 100 and turn left just beyond the Golden Lion Riverside Inn into the parking…

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Mad River Greenway Swimming Hole

After a hike along the Mad River Greenway, take a dip in this lovely swimming hole. Good for the whole family, go down the bank to the pebbly beach and wade into the cool, flowing Mad River. There are rocks that form a gentle “rapid” to play in. Good for kids as well as the…

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Fuller Hill – Warren Village

A 7.5 mile road-walk loop that starts in Warren Village. Trek up the Freeman Road, locally known as the Dump Road. Continue walking east as the road becomes Airport Road. Cross east Warren Road onto Roxbury Mountain Road then turn right on Senor Road. Turn right again on Fuller Hill Road and continue down to…

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Great Eddy Swimming Hole

This swimming hole has something for everyone. There is a rocky beach stretching out from the edge and a deep pool located right below the bridge. A little upstream is a less-frequented spot and there is a strip of rocks in the middle of the river when the river is high.

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West Hill Loop

This 5-mile loop will take you on a ramble through back-country roads with good views along the way. Park in Warren Village, cross Rt. 100, and start up the steep Lincoln Gap Road. Turn right onto West Hill Road and follow that all around and back down to Rt. 100. From Waitsfield, go south on…

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North Fayston Walk

Easy, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 540’, (dirt roads) A fun back road loop on North Fayston, Center Fayston and Randall roads, with nice views of Burnt Rock Mt. and the high valley. The Route: Park on the side of North Fayston Rd off of Airport Rd and Route 100 in Fayston (be careful as…

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Bragg Hill Road Walk

Moderate, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 850’ (paved and dirt roads) Bragg Hill Road has few panoramic rivals in the Valley. The mountains are so close, you can almost touch them. The vista of Mount Ellen, framed by the famous Bragg Farm Barn, was voted most representative view of Vermont. The Route: Park in Irasville…

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Kingsbury Bridge Greenway

This 1.3 mile trail connects the Warren Riverside Park to the Sugarbush snowmaking pond on the Mad River. From the park, walk north along Rt. 100 for a short distance crossing the Clay Brook to the Golden Lion Riverside Inn. North of the Inn, the path is on an ancient alignment of Rt. 100, passing…

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The Warren Path

(Download Printable PDF of Hike) Moderate, 2 miles out and back, elevation gain 420’ The trails feature easy grades in a beautiful mixed hardwood forest, then some more challenging steep sections on the Vista Trail. The view is well worth the effort. Trail Access and Route: The trailhead for this route is at the Brooks…

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Long Trail: Gap to Gap (Monroe Skyline)

A full day, or overnight, and 11.6 miles along the Long Trail will take you to the Summit of Mount Abraham, across the top of Lincoln Peak, Mount Ellen, and General Stark Mountain and end with an exciting descent to Rt. 17 and the Appalachian Gap. Two cars, or a ride at the end, are…

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Covered Bridges

This 42 mile driving tour that begins at the MRV Chamber Visitors Center takes a leisurely one and a half hours that brings you through 7 covered bridges while offering spectacular views and pleasant opportunities to sample the local flavor along the way. Here are the bridges you’ll discover along the way; The Great Eddy Bridge,…

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Hemlock Hill Trail

A new trail in the Phen Basin Wilderness, it was a former logging road and is now acknowledged by the state of Vermont as a public hiking/showshoeing trail. As the trail ascends into the Phen Basin, it crosses two upland streams. You might sight evidence of moose, bobcats, or bears, as they are protected in…

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Stetson Hollow

A 4-mile round-trip flat hike that is a local well-kept secret. Equally good for snowshoeing or hiking, you begin at Stetson Hollow (marked by a small sign) on the west side of Rt. 100 south of Warren Village. This is a scenic snowshoe along the brook and is marked by small waterfalls and cascades. The…

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Phen Basin Hike

The trail begins at the Battleground Condominiums. It is about 4 miles out and back but can be made longer by connecting to the Catamount Trail which then crosses the Long Trail. After passing the Battleground’s tennis courts, the trail heads right, into the woods, and climbs steeply for a ways then becomes more gradually…

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Dana Forest Trail

The Valley’s own “Enchanted Forest” beckons. So-called because of the hauntingly beautiful stand of pines about halfway along the trail, the Dana Forest Trail traverses a piece of Camel’s Hump State Forest and is enjoyable on both snowshoes and cross-country skis. Trailhead access is from Tucker Hill Road. Sign in and follow the blue blazes…

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Burnt Rock Mountain

A steep, 5.2 mile round-trip snowshoe that takes you up to some of the best viewing on the Long Trail. The trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Big Basin Road before the steel pipe gate. You follow the Hedgehog Brook Trail along a stream. The trail ascends gently at first, becoming…

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Mad River Path

The non-profit Mad River Path Association manages a series of community paths in the Valley, including this “West Side Loop” section of the Mad River Greenway. This is an easy, 2-mile (out-and-back) trail along the Mad River and through riparian forests. Towards the end of the path is a lovely gazebo set up on the…

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Long Trail: Sunset Rock

The Sunset Rock hike is relatively short hike that quickly takes the participant to absolutely spectacular views of the Valley and the Adirondack Mountain Range from an elevation of over 2000 feet. Once at the trail head, follow the white-blazed Long Trail South markings to the Mountain National Forest registration box. The trail starts with…

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Long Trail: Molly Stark’s Balcony

A 2.6 mile round-trip hike that gains over 500′ of elevation to a unique lookout. From Rt. 17 you hike north on the Long Trail, which climbs steeply, passes a spur to the Mad River Glen Lookout, then reaches a high point at the flat ridge of Molly Stark Mountain summit. The trail goes over…

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Long Trail: General Stark Mountain

A 6.2 mile round-trip hike through forest across the top of Mad River Glen to the summit of General Stark Mountain. Begin at the Appalachian Gap and hike south. Your first challenge is Stark’s Wall, a steep uphill climb. You will cross a perennially muddy area with the help of planks, climb a ladder across…

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Camel’s Hump from Huntington

A lesser-used 5.6 mile round-trip loop trail to the summit of Camel’s Hump approaches the mountain from the west. The Forest City Trail begins at a road junction east of Huntington Center. Going right from the junction, the trail is a logging road that crosses and then re-crosses Brush Brook before climbing gradually to the…

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Camel’s Hump

This challenging and spectacular 7.4 mile round-trip hike takes you above the trees to the 4,083′ summit of Vermont’s highest undeveloped peak. You hike through birch, beech, and maple forest at lower elevations, ultimately reaching a delicate alpine plant community at the summit. Rushing streams and beaver ponds give way to scree and a boulder…

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Long Trail: Lincoln Gap to Mt. Abraham

The Lincoln Gap to Mt.Abraham portion of the Long Trail is a challenging hike to one of the most impressive summits in New England. At over 4000 feet you have 360o views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain to the west, the White Mountains to the east and the Green Mountains from Killington Peak to…

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Vermont State House

In Montpelier you can explore one of the nation’s oldest and best preserved state capitols. As you tour our halls and chambers, you will develop a sense of what makes this historic building, and the state for which it was built, unique. The Vermont capitol also operates on the principle of open government and all…

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