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How To Bike The Sublime Stowe Recreation Path, Vermont

family riding bikes  on the Stowe Recreation Path in the fall

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When you think of Vermont, your mind probably conjures up images of Autumnal leaves and thick, dense New England Forests.

This is the scene we wanted to see on our trip to Stowe, but we didn’t want to just see it, we wanted to be in the thick of it, so we opted to take our bikes and hit the Stowe Recreation Path, an internationally recognized greenway that stretches for 5.3 miles from Stowe Village to Topnotch Resort on the Mountain Road.

The term greenway pretty much says it all about what to expect. This family-friendly trail is a sublime journey through Vermonts thick, flourishing woods and blooming meadows.

To top it off, it also criss-crosses over 11 arched wooden bridges – something that is particularly unique to Vermont.

It’s the perfect half day activity in Stowe. Here’s everything you need to know about the Stowe Recreation Bike trail!

How Long Is The Stowe VT Bike Path?

Stowe Vermont View from Sunset Rock

The Stowe Recreational Path is a 5.3 mile (8.5km) out and back trail tucked behind the charming village of Stowe, near Mt Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont.

The trail is paved the entire way, and officially starts at stretching from Stowe Village, behind the Stowe Community Church.

The finishing point of the trail is Top Notch Resort, where you can take a breathe, enjoy the breath-taking mountain views, before turning around and heading back.

The trail crosses the West Branch of Little River several times, but there are no river crossings, only bridge crossings.

How Hard Is The Stowe Recreation Path?

Overall, the Stowe Recreation Path is an easy bike ride. The terrain is flat and paved throughout, making it very family-friendly.

The path is a multi-use path, and is used by hikers, joggers, and bikers. Definitely not as hard as the White Mountain bike ride in Franconia, New Hampshire.

When Is The Stowe Recreation Path Open?

Stowe’s proximity to the mountains means it is action packed full of hiking, biking and skiing adventures at any time of the year.

This means the Stowe Recreation Path is open all year round and never closes, though those visiting in the winter months may need to swap their bikes for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing!

Stowe Quiet Path

On a side note, there is a second trail, called Stowe Quiet Path, which is a short 1.8 mile loop nature surface path from Cemetery Road towards Mayo Farm, hugging the…

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