Mad River Valley Trails

Welcome!  The Mad River Valley Trails are a watershed-wide network of lands and trails created through the partnership of trail organizations, generous property owners, local towns, the State of Vermont, the US Forest Service, and many volunteers.  These trails reflect the Mad River Valley’s love of the outdoors and commitment to stewardship of land and recreational opportunities for current and future generations.

These trails and lands are a guest-friendly playground for recreation, including: mountain biking, hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, picnicking, kayaking and canoeing, birding, and more.  Enjoy! Here are a few suggestions:

Walks & Rambles

Moderate Walks & Hikes

  • Bragg Hill Walk - Moderate, 4 mile loop, elevation gain 850’ (paved and dirt roads)
  • Molly Stark's Balcony - 2.6 mile round-trip hike that gains over 500′ of elevation with a fabulous western viewDay Hikes
  • Burnt Rock Mountain - Steep, 5.2 mile round-trip hike that takes you up to some of the best viewing on the Long Trail.

Longer Day Hikes 

  • Mt. Abraham (from Lincoln Gap via Long) - 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.
  • General Stark Mountain (via Long Trail) - 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.
  • Camel's Hump (from Duxbury side) - 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.
  • Camel's Hump (from Huntington Side) - A lesser-used 5.6 mile round-trip loop trail to the summit of Camel’s Hump approaches the mountain from the west.
  • Long Trail Gap to Gap - 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.

 

A complete trail map, and network descriptions are in the works!  This webpage will be updated with more info in summer of 2019.  

Press Release 5/30/2019: Mad River Valley Unified Trailhead Kiosk & Mapping Project Hits Key Milestone on National Trails Day