Explore the most popular walking trails near Stowe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
18 hours ago

Nice trail with beautiful views at the top. It was crowded though. The summit area is not very large and there were so many people up there that it was difficult to find space to sit and enjoy the view.

Beautiful! A little bit shorter than I had hoped. Great view from below and above!

An easy light trail down. Didn’t bring a swimming suit but wish I had! I would have gone again if my vacation was longer. Beautiful!

hiking
3 days ago

Was a challange for my crew but we made it to the top was so worth it!

mountain biking
3 days 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!!!!

Loved this hike. Had my 9 and 11 year old daughters with me. We had a blast. A few tough spots for the girls, but they made it through.

My favorite day hike in Vermont! A relatively short hike, most of this trail isn't very steep. There are 2 or 3 rock "scrambles" along the way, but mostly it's an enjoyable hike for some spectacular views at the summit.
This trail can get very crowded though so try and do it on a weekday or in the winter (even better views!)

Very easy hike down to the falls. Be careful! The last stretch of hike to the falls itself is very steep and requires walking through small streams and unsteady rocks. The waterfall is beautiful. There were some locals that were jumping off of the falls (would not recommend) but swimming in the pools below was a fantastic way to cool off.

Great trail with amazing views at the top. Kinda steep at points but doable if you’re in moderately health and shape. Plenty of kids and elderly were doing it

We really enjoyed this hike! I told my wife this is a “value hike”- You get spectacular views in a short period of time and distance! Of course there is some serious elevation gain, but it’s worth it. There are some great 360 views from the top. One of my favorite hikes in the eastern US.

We hiked from the Pinnacle Meadows trailhead. If you have people not able to make a long hike, there is a lovely view and rock bench to sit on after about 15 minutes of hiking. The trail gradually ascends, and gets much steeper for a short time after the junction with the main trail. Rock steps help you in the ascent. You emerge from the forest onto the Pinnacle on a bedrock trail. The views are worth every step of the trail and more! In total, the hike to the Pinnacle took us 1 hour 10 minutes. We took several rest breaks. It took us 50 minutes back down. Our group was two adults and a 15 year old.

Wonderful and challenging hike!

It's a great way to spend some of your day. Bring water and don't forget the bug spray.

hiking
12 days ago

We did this in mid-october in full foliage. Outstanding and highly recommend it. I could see moon in the daylight up top!

hiking
16 days ago

We had so much fun playing in the waterfalls! My husband and I took our almost 4 year old and 5 year old. The hike down was steep and slippery, but we were careful and took our time. My kids had fun “rock climbing” down the rock stairs at the steep parts. The water was cold, but not as cold as I expected. We had so much fun in the water. Highly recommend this adventure!

nature trips
16 days ago

I love this place.

Always a great little jaunt, however crawling with tourists this time of year.

Just be careful that you follow the trail markers and head back to the Pinnacle Meadow parking lot or you will have a long walk back from the main Pinnacle parking lot.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice main path loop with several side trails interspersed. We took our dogs around the main path and through some of the side trails for a few hours. Lots of mountain bikes to keep an eye out for and a few narrow spots where it was tricky to get off the path and out of their way. But it’s a nice, easy hike with the dogs and we will use these trails again.

As a volunteer at Barnes Camp Hiker/Visitor Center on Route 108, right on the Long Trail, when we heard hikers asking for "The Smuggler's Notch Trail" we informed them there was no trail with that name. They quickly said AllTrails said there was. However, once I saw the topo map, we knew the trail is actually a combination of trails including a 2 mile road walk. The actual trails are Sterling Pond Trail, Long Trail and then a road walk, Route 108. However, the Long Trail has been rerouted now (not showing on the AllTrails map, and crosses 108 more south, traveling across a Boardwalk, then beside Barnes Camp. This reroute of the LT adds distance (about 1 mile) to this hike is following the LT. Here is another confusing element: The old LT trail head, from 108, heading north is still open, but it is a new trail (Barnes Camp Loop Trail) and has blue blazes vs. white for LT. It connects with the LT, north after crossing the brook and hiking steeply for .2 mi. If using this trail, this trail map is okay, just be aware, it is NOT all on the LT. And, be aware, if you ask a local what the Smuggler's Notch Trail is, they likely will not have a clue what you are talking about, as this loop is not called that. It is called by the actual trail names.

Nice waterfall . Easy to get to!

Hiked this trail again with friends. It’s a fun hike with several options to take side trails!!!

nice moderate hike for senior citizen.

I rated this as a decent outing because the falls are nice and refreshing. This is NOT a 2.9 mike hike. It is a little under a half mile to the falls.

All around great trail. Near the summit may be somewhat challenging for young children in that quite steep and very rocky

I love this hike so much, a good medium in-between... great to do when you’re feeling like hiking but not necessarily feeling like climbing an entire mountain, yet the views up top are incredible. You can see all the way out to Champlain lake. This trail is also great towards the end of winter. TIP: if you want to get up to the views but don’t want to hike all that much, there’s an even shorter trail to get to the top. Coming from Stowe, before you reach the trailhead, there’s a road off to the left called Pinnacle road, drive all the way to the top and there’s a small parking lot. Cuts the hike in about half!

Beautiful views from the top. I'm an infrequent day hiker. I wouldn't call a 1500 ft climb in 1.5 miles "easy".

If you're just interested in the view, park at the Stowe Meadow trail head and save yourself 500 feet in elevation gain.

This was such a fun hike. Starts out easy and gets increasingly steeper. It took me less than 2 hours up and back with time to stop for photos. I will definitely return in the Fall.

NOT 2.9 miles. More like a 5 minute stroll from the parking lot and then BAM ... you’re in a pristine medieval forest that looks like a movie set. The falls are splendid, but make sure you enjoy them from above as well as below. From the top, the dangerous and gorgeous views of the slot canyon below are a must see. Who knew this was just off the highway? Now you know. Put it on your short list of things to see in the Stowe area.

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