Hiking, Walking, Nature Trekking

From scenic walks with spectacular mountain vistas to the challenges of the Long Trail and Camel’s Hump, the Mad River Valley is one of Vermont’s premier hiking destinations.  The Long Trail provides hikers and backpackers with the opportunity to summit three of Vermont’s 4000 foot peaks and the Mad River Recreation Path trail system offers walkers and runners the combination of great exercise and beautiful views.  Our gravel roads provide yet more opportunities for getting out for a quiet country walk.  Guided nature hikes and walks are conducted throughout the year and provide insight into the area’s plant and animal life.

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…

Blueberry Lake Recreation Trails

Recreational trails ideal for non-motorized recreation. Good for beginner and intermediate levels. Add the element of speed and experts will thoroughly enjoy these trails. Access by the dam at Blueberry Lake.

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mad River Glen

Mad River Glen is a ski area like no other. It’s a place where skiing is still a sport, not an industry. A place where skiing remains an outdoor adventure in a pristine, natural setting. Mad River Glen offers challenging and diverse terrain with an uphill capacity that guarantees un-crowded trails. It is one of…

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