Supporting Businesses OF VERMONT'S MAD RIVER VALLEY

Salt and Sand Studios: Yoga Studio, Glass Blowing School 802-583-2559

Our Purpose: Inspire people to create + connect. SALT & SAND STUDIOS inspires people to create, connect and create joy through yoga and glass blowing.  For group classes, private study, workshops, events and more, visit us in Warren Vermont, right across from the famous Warren Falls and find a place of discovery. To top it all…

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Mad River Glen (802) 496-3551

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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Cabot Creamery Cooperative (802) 496-1200

Cabot Creamery Cooperative is a cooperative of 1,200 dairy farm families located throughout upstate New York and New England. The Cooperative manages four plants in three states, employing over 1,000 people, who make the best dairy products on the planet. Award-winning cheeses made with love and pride in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont and Chateaugay, NY,…

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Bridges Resort (802) 583-2922

Bridges Resort has options for everyone looking to enjoy the beauty of Vermont. Check out all your rental options. It’s Vermont’s Four Season Recreation Destination – “Where Locals and Visitors Meet!” The Bridges has been the diamond of central Vermont tennis for decades, it’s a place that you’ll build lasting relationships with players and coaches while being…

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Ben & Jerry’s Homemade (802) 882-2040

No visit to Central Vermont is complete without a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory in Waterbury Center. This famous company has become an icon for Vermont the world over. The company was started by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in 1978 and moved to its current location in 1986. Their fun range…

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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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Open Studio Weekend at the Festival Gallery 802-496-6682

“Combine fall foliage viewing and harvest activities with purchases from local artists across Vermont. Bright yellow signs compete with oranges and reds of October along Vermont’s roads enticing visitors to the studios of craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont during the 2019 Fall Open Studio Tour over October 5 & 6. Open Studio Weekend is…

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Mad River Chorale (802) 496-4781

The Mad River Chorale celebrated its Twentieth Aniiversary in 2012-13. We’re a non-auditioned but highly-reviewed community chorus which entertains the Mad River Valley residents and guests year around, performing at various venues in the area. For specific information about singing opporunities and instruction and about upcoming concerts, please visit our website, linked above.

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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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Blockhouse Studio

BLOCKHOUSE STUDIO is a community pottery studio in The Mad River Valley and artisan shop. We offer classes, memberships and workshops (in clay and other mediums from time to time). We have handmade goods and pottery for sale in the shop as well. OPEN STUDIO HOURS ARE AS OF JANUARY 2ND TUESDAYS – 10:30-3PM WEDNESDAYS…

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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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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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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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Valley Players (802) 583-1674

The Valley Players is in its 40th consecutive year of successful community theater and we invite everyone to participate in our wide variety of activities. Look at our Theater Calendar, for the latest events Every Labor Day Weekend join us at the Mad River Valley Craft Fair, which we own Read about the annual Vermont Playwrights Award, to encourage new plays…

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Country Mile Vermont (802) 560-5519

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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Waterbury Reservoir

Paddle on the Waterbury Reservoir, or spend some time camping at this quiet State Park spanning 850 acres. Located a short drive from the Mad River Valley, this state park is open spring, summer and winter. View Location Map

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Moretown Common Road Biking Loop

Moderate, 5 mile loop, elevation gain 560’ (dirt roads) This loop features good climbs in the forest before opening up to some of the best views in the Mad River Valley. The Route: From Moretown village, go up the Moretown Mt Rd and, staying right, climb 1.75 miles to Howes Rd. Turn left on Howes…

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Enchanted Forest Lollipop Mountain Biking Loop

Enchanted Forest – Dana Hill Rd – Cyclone Connector – Enchanted Forest (Download Printable PDF) Moderate, 3.4 miles and +/- 400 vertical feet (open seasonally for mountain biking from late May to mid-November) This fun lollipop loop for aspiring riders is a mix of Class IV road and wider trails, with easier stretches, moderately technical…

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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Mountain Rose Integrated Wellness Center 802-496-6346

Taking time for oneself on a regular basis is important in the lives we live now a days. Whether it is by practicing yoga, meditating, getting acupuncture or through some other means, these modalities can transform one’s life with more calm, peacefulness, joy and health. Ana has been teaching yoga since 2002 and received her…

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Warren Skate Park

The Warren Skate Park is located beside the Warren Elementary School where the “DIY” skate park’s first concrete ramps were built in 2004.  The park is always free for anyoneto use and open to all skill levels and abilities. Pierre Hall has been the driving force behind the parks development. The Warren Skate Park is a…

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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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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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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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Mad River Valley Arts (802) 496-6682

The Mad River Valley is the geographic center of Vermont, and Mad River Valley Arts is the center for the arts — a hub for creative activity. For more than two decades, MRVA has fostered creativity in the Mad River Valley. We produce art shows, workshops, and numerous activities for for artists and art appreciators. The Mission…

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Mad River Path (802) 496-7284

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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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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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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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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Blueberry Lake Trails: Flying Squirrel Mountain Biking

The Blueberry Lake Mountain Biking Trails With help from the US Forest Service, the Mad River Riders, VT Mountain Bike Association, Sustainable Trailworks, the Town of Warren, Sugarbush Resort, the VT Youth Conservation Corps, Green Mountain Valley School and many others, Phase 1 was completed in 2012. Phase 2 planning is underway. Fund raising efforts…

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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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Zoe’s Pilates (802) 583-2673

Zoe’s Pilates physical location is open for business as usual! Mat classes and reformer classes are a mix of in person and Zoom clients. Privates can be done in person or via Zoom. Five reformer classes and three mat classes per week. Privates day and times vary. Pilates was developed and taught by Joseph Pilates…

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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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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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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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Mad River Valley Libraries (802) 496-3913

The Moretown Memorial Library, the Joslin Memorial Library and the Warren Public Library have joined together as an informal association to promote libraries, library services and library programs in the Mad River Valley. All three libraries utilize technological services in their library programing. Patrons may download audio and e-books, can take free online courses, or…

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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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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.

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Umiak Outdoor Outfitters (802) 253-2317

Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is Vermont’s outdoor adventure center. We are a full-service outfitter offering retail sales, demos, safety instruction, tours, rentals, children’s / custom programs and more. Our staff is comprised of some of New England’s top trained and respected outdoor enthusiast who love any opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with others. ​

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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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Lawson’s Finest Liquids 802-496-HOPS

Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 by Sean and Karen Lawson. Lawson’s Finest Liquid’s goal is to provide beers of the highest quality and outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. In 2018 Lawson’s Finest opened their Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store. The Waitsfield hand-hewn…

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Clearwater Sports (802) 496-2708

Maple Sugaring Snowshoe Tours

Take an invigorating snowshoe tour through a beautiful Beech, Hemlock and Maple forest to learn what a real sugarbush is (no not the ski area).  What a great combination of snowshoeing and maple sugaring!  We will start at the beginning of the sugaring operation at the tap lines and work our way down the hill to the final destination – The Sugar House. There we will learn about the final steps required to change sap into Maple Syrup ( it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup).  Enjoy a sample of the days fresh maple syrup and learn about the different grades of syrup.  
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Bundy Modern 802-583-5832

The Bundy Modern, built in 1962 as an art and sculpture gallery, was conceived to be in harmony with its surroundings in nature and to bring the outdoors in through the use of walls of glass. The building is a stunning example of Bauhaus International-style architecture. Today Bundy Modern is a modern and contemporary art…

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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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North Fayston Road Biking Loop

North Fayston Loop Easy to Moderate, 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 in Fayston west of Route 100, then…

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Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design 802-496-6611

Welcome to the Madsonian, a museum of Industrial Design.  Our collection represents a lifetime of appreciation for and devotion to good design, displaying over 2000 of the best designed and most artistic manufactured objects. Ranging from the early 1900s to present day, the museum features everything from cars, bikes and motorcycles to toys, canoes, golf…

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Choose Your Own Adventure (Chooseco LLC) 802-496-2595

Chooseco is a purpose-built publishing house which brought the groundbreaking Choose Your Own Adventure series back to print in 2006. Since the series relaunch, Chooseco has sold over 15 million copies as well as expanded its list to include linear fiction with the YA trilogy Weregirl. An originator of interactive narratives, Choose Your Own Adventure has been translated into 40…

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Art in The Village 802-496-5605

Rita Ioannidis, famous for her American Flag paintings, whether its on old barn doors or bells has opened a gallery in the village of Warren.   The gallery space is gorgeous, warm and inviting. The selections come from a variety of Vermont artists.  On display are all types of mediums including sculptures.   Rita’s talents…

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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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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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Mad River Taste Place 802-496-3165

The MAD RIVER TASTE PLACE offers a curated retail experience where locals and visitors can learn about, sample, and purchase food and beverages originated in the Mad River Valley and throughout Vermont. Occupying a thoughtfully repurposed bank building you can read the stories of the makers, meet the artisan of the day and sample their products, take…

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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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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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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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Warren Falls

If you were to visit only one swimming hole in Vermont, make sure you visit Warren Falls. With its multiple waterfalls, deep pools, natural waterslide, and remarkable rock formation, Warren Falls is the blueprint for all other swimming holes. Period.   – David Hajdasz, Take the Plunge: An Explorers Guide to swimming holes of Vermont “10…

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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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Mad Marathon 802-363-9863

  The Mad Marathon, Mad Half & Relays The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon! Take it easy or take it tough…we have a race for every runner at any level. The Tenth Annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half and relays are scheduled for July 12, 2020 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. You…

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Sugarbush Soaring (802) 496-2290

Welcome to one of the most beautiful places in the country to fly gliders – Vermont’s Mad River Valley.  At Sugarbush Soaring we offer flight instruction, scenic rides, rentals, introductory flights, and aero tows. What makes Sugarbush Soaring special? The Warren Sugarbush airport (0B7) is one of the premier soaring locations in the US. On any…

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Luke Ianuzzi Pottery (802) 839-9650

A full service pottery studio in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains featuring custom design for your home or business. Work directly with the potter to bring your ideas to life. Specializing in custom service ware for chefs & restaurants. Luke also offer private pottery lessons. Make your own curriculum of study. Want to throw larger,…

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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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Vermont State House (802) 828-1411

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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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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Lake Champlain

The lake offers scenic cruises, luxury cruises for those who wish to be wined and dined, and sailing for those who like to chart their own course. The lake may even have its own monster called of course Champ. Samual Champlain himself supposedly saw it when he visited the lake – so perhaps you will…

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Phineas Gage Project (802) 279-3364

Looking for sweet two-part harmony, fabulous acoustic sounds, and all of your favorite cover tunes from the past few decades? Look no further than the Phineas Gage Project – Mad River Valley’s acoustic power duo of Rob Williams and Erica Stroem. We play receptions, art openings, apres-ski events, barn raisings, fund-raisers and just about any…

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