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, Waitsfield, Buels Gore, Fayston, Warren and Granville via Routes 2, 100, 100B and 17. Much of the Mad River Byway is alongside the Green Mountain National Forest.
Each of the unique villages along the way are key destinations in their own right. Rich history in the form of churches, memorials, farms, architecture, recreation and community life define the area. Recreation in many forms can be found for all seasons of living and visiting the Mad River Valley.
The Mad River Byway provides a pleasant place to walk along the Mad River, utilizing the Mad River Path. The Mad River Valley is also home to two of Vermont’s premiere ski areas: Sugarbush and Mad River Glen.
What can one do on the Mad River Byway? How about:
- Visit Covered Bridges
- Walk on the Mad River Path
- Hike the Long Trail
- Explore Waterfalls
- Experience Four-Season Villages
- Bicycle Scenic Local Roads or the Cross Vermont Trail
- Photograph a Round Barn
- Indulge in locally grown foods
- View the Valley from a glider plane
- Fish, Canoe, Kayak, and Swim in the Mad River
- Enjoy Blueberry Lake
For a 60 second whirlwind tour of the Mad River Byway: CLICK HERE.
Other Byways in Vermont include the Molly Stark Byway and Stone Valley Byway in Southern Vermont; The Connecticut River Byway running the entire length of the east side of Vermont; the Lake Champlain Byway in the Lake Champlain Islands of Northern Vermont and the Green Mountain Byway in North Central Vermont. To find information on these byways, CLICK HERE