Stowe Recreation Path is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
337 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Stowe Recreation Path is an internationally recognized 5.5 mile greenway, paved for non motorized recreation with numerous picnic and swimming areas. There is an optional quiet path near village for joggers and walkers only. Stowe's bike path is as an all year round recreational trail. You can bike, hike, stroll, and ski on it, 365 days a year. The 5.3-mile paved trail starts in Stowe Village, next to the Stowe Congregational church, winds its way through the woods and meadows, and crosses the West Branch River 11 times on arched wooden bridges. Numerous shops, lodges, and restaurants are accessible from the path. This delightful track can be enjoyed by both experienced cyclists and first-time bikers. It's also the perfect opportunity to see all that Stowe has to offer. Take a look below to see some of the beautiful scenes which can be found on this trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Great for a morning run. Pretty views. A few small hills but nothing crazy. I just ran the southernmost 2.5 miles of it.

road biking
1 month ago

Rented bikes from Mountain Ops & rode all the way to downtown Stowe with family of 5. Very scenic easy ride but a lot of pedestrian traffic (nearly run off the path more than once). Some spots were pretty narrow (bridges & underpass) but path was pretty & well marked. Lots of places to stop and explore along the way to Town. Corn maze, Farmer’s market, Pie-Casso, the recreation path was well connected to the places you want to go! Save some energy for the ride back from Stowe, it seemed more uphill than down (or I was just tired from dragging the tandem behind me).

walking
1 month ago

This is an excellent walking trail, and if your intentions are to walk and see wildlife peacefully, make sure to take the Quiet Side trail (if beginning from the downtown Stowe area). I have been here a few times, and have seen many beavers and other animals along this path. The views are great too!

1 month ago

This is more a paved bike/walk trail than a hiking trail. We vaca with our dog and I walk this with him from our room on the Mountain Road to the various shops and restaurants. This trail is not about the view, rather, it's being able to get around areas of Stowe without walking alongside the road.

2 months ago

Beautiful and easy walking trail. We did 6 miles out and back (3 each way). It was a great recovery walk after doing The Long Trail to the Chin the day before.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I loved it! The only flaw is that for me I had no idea where to turn around and the constant background noise. Other than that, it was incredible!!!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

It was nice but I was expecting more but it is great for all skill levels as well as biking and is strollerable and dog friendly but pooches must be leashed and clean up your scat. I was thinking there was more scenic stuff on this trail.

walking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Just a walk in the park. Nice stroll but not much of a hike nor are there views. A lot of bike traffic to maneuver around too. Not all bikers know the rules of the road so you need to be aware of them or may get knocked over or run into.

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Some greenery, nice scenery with the mountains around, easy, but you're never far from the road, fact reminded by the constant traffic noise and the regular crossings. Nice for a daily run, less for a Sunday hike.

Monday, November 07, 2016

It was an easy walk. We did this walk in the beginning of November and it wasn't busy at all.

walking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

This walk is really enjoyable in any season, especially with dogs!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Super relaxing path around town with beautiful views. Thru town, fields, near the quiet path, under a covered bridge... Just a great way to get around. Accessible to any and all!

road biking
Sunday, May 04, 2014

Beautiful scenery, nice trail to bike along if your in the area. If your staying at a hotel/motel, if you lucky a lot of them will rent out bikes. You can get in some nice views of Mt. Mansfield. It can be sometimes trafficked with people

hiking
15 days ago

road biking
17 days ago

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

mountain biking
Monday, August 22, 2016

walking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Wednesday, July 30, 2014