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
- Blueberry Lake Recreation Trails - Recreational trails ideal for non-motorized recreation.
- Kingsbury's Greenway -1.3 mile trail connects the Warren Riverside Park to the Sugarbush snowmaking pond on the Mad River. Managed and maintained by the Mad River Path Association.
- Waitsfield Country Road Loop - A moderate, 5 mile loop, elevation gain 500’ (paved and dirt roads)
- Fuller Hill & Warren Village - 7.5 mile road-walk loop that starts in Warren Village.
- The Warren Path - Moderate, 2 miles out and back, elevation gain 420’. It The features 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. Managed and maintained by the Mad River Path Association.
- Mill Brook Path - The Mill Brook Trail is one of the Mad River Path trails which are managed and maintained by the Mad River Path Association.
- 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.
- West Hill Loop - This 5-mile loop will take you on a ramble through back-country roads with good views along the way
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.
To support trail stewardship efforts, please visit these Mad River Valley Trails Collaborative partners:
- CATAMOUNT TRAIL ASSOCIATION
- FRIENDS OF THE MAD RIVER
- GREEN MOUNTAIN CLUB
- HARWOOD UNIFIED UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT
- MAD RIVER GLEN
- MAD RIVER PATH ASSOCIATION
- MAD RIVER RIDERS
- MAD RIVER RIDGE RUNNERS
- MAD RIVER VALLEY PLANNING DISTRICT
- MAD RIVER VALLEY RECREATION DISTRICT
- OLE'S CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER
- STATE OF VERMONT
- SUGARBUSH RESORT
- TOWN OF MORETOWN
- TOWN OF FAYSTON
- TOWN OF WAITSFIELD
- TOWN OF WARREN
- US FOREST SERVICE
- VERMONT LAND TRUST