Vermont Cycling & Mountain Biking Vacation in Stowe
In Stowe, Vermont riders of all ages and skills will find extensive riding opportunities in a spectacular setting. Stowe offers both Road Cycling and Mountain Biking options and is home to the award-winning Stowe Recreation Path, a 5 mile, mostly flat, paved path for cyclists of all ages.
Stowe Mountain Biking Trails
Stowe is home to a large trail network for all levels of riders. Riders will find many well maintained trails throughout the area. As well, beginning riders can find both instruction and guides at the many bike shops in the area.
Notably, Stowe, Vermont was recently awarded the Best Mountain Biking Locale by readers of Vermont's own Times-Argus for 2012. Stowe's own Kimmers Trail was recently voted one of Vermont's Top Ten Mountain Bike Trails by Bicycling Magazine! And the Boston Globe recently proclaimed Stowe as a Mountain Biking Mecca!
For those wishing to learn more and do more, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to building, preserving, protecting and maintaining the local trail network. They are a not-for-profit volunteer organization. If you are using the trails please consider becoming a member and / or making a donation.
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Stowe's Award Winning Bike Path
For those who want a gentler pace, a favorite bicycle ride is on Stowe's award-winning Recreation Path. The 5.3-mile paved bike path starts in Stowe Village, winds its way through forests and meadows, and crosses the West Branch River 11 times on arched wooden bridges. Numerous shops, lodges, and restaurants are accessible from the path.
Cyclists of all ages enjoy spectacular views and a mostly flat and level path experience, allowing easy traveling along the entire length of the path. The Stowe Recreation Path is open all year long and is enjoyed by cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, as well as nordic skiers during the winter months. The Rec Path features attractive bridges, swimming holes and picnic tables, as well as many quiet spots to take in the beautiful views of Stowe and area mountains.
Access to the path may be found off Main Street and along Route 108 (Mountain Road).
Cyclists can ride on 103 miles of road in Stowe-29 miles are blacktop and 74 miles are unpaved for relatively easy mountain biking.
Darn Tough Ride: Every labor day weekend Stowe hosts the Darn Tough Ride. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont.
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Mountain Biking at the Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge mountain biking trails are open from June 1 until November 1. They have 1 mile of intermediate single-track trail, 5+ miles of intermediate/expert single-track, and 20 miles of beginner to advanced double-track that spreads all over their beautiful property. Their progression of trails is perfect for first-timers or anyone looking to develop skills and confidence gradually. Trapp Family Lodge offers mountain biking skills lessons, guided trips on and off property, and a rental fleet of 40 bikes from children's cruisers to full suspension bikes. In addition to their private trails, there are over 50 miles of trails within minutes of the Lodge.
The The Stowe Mountain Bike Club built and maintains a great bike park with jumps and a variety of tracks. The "pump track" has been a particular favorite with the locals. The bike park is located near the Stowe Polo Fields and is open to the public.
Stowe Bike Rentals
About 300 rental bicycles are available from several shops on or near Stowe's Recreation Path: A.J.'s Ski & Sports, the Nordic Barn, Skiershop, Trapp Family Lodge and Pinnacle Ski & Sports. Adults can choose from mountain bikes for all levels, touring bikes, and bicycles-built-for-two. Children may want to try out a "trail-a-bike" one-wheel half-bikes that attach to an adult's bicycle. They can help pedal the trailabike or let their parents do the work when they get tired. Children's bikes, trailers and bike seats also are available.
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