Mountain Biking in Stowe
“Stowe is fast becoming a mountain biking mecca.” - Boston Globe
Mountain Biking Quick Links
- Where to ride & trail maps
- Annual mountain bike events
- Where to rent bikes
- Mountain bike lessons & guide services
Mountain biking is a top summer activity in Stowe, with good reason. Our large network (over 50 miles!) of well-maintained, interconnected trails offers fun and challenging terrain, suitable for all ability levels.
The majority of Stowe’s mountain bike trails are free and open for public use, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC).
Becoming a member of SMBC helps to ensure the accessibility and long-term preservation of these trails. Local and visiting riders, alike, join SMBC annually to support the construction and maintenance efforts. While membership is not required to ride Stowe’s public trails, it is strongly encouraged by the MTB community. Stowe Mountain Bike Club membership includes membership to the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA). And, it comes with a long list of added freebies and benefits, including a $25 season pass to Trapp Family Lodge’s trails. Join SMBC here.
Bikers can also enjoy an incredible network at Trapp Family Lodge's Outdoor Center for a small fee of $10/day (SMBC members get a season pass for only $25!). And, we're excited to announce that Stowe Mountain Resort is working with Gravity Logic to build lift-served downhill mountain bike trails! Coming soon!
All the trail networks – from beginner greenways and double-track to intermediate and advanced single-track – are interconnected and accessible from the town of Stowe, making it possible for you to bike all day without riding the same trail twice, and finish your ride at your favorite après restaurant.
Stowe speaks bike! Many hotels are bike-friendly, offering washing stations and lock-up storage for your equipment. Local bike shops, and staff at the Visitor Information Center can point you in the right direction for trails, equipment, or other biking needs. Just ask!
Mountain Bike Trails & Resources
Trapp Family Lodge Mountain Biking
Trapp Family Lodge’s mountain bike trails are open from around the middle of May until the snow starts to fall in October. They have about 3 miles 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 2500 acre property. Trapp Family Lodge’s progression of trails is perfect for first-timers or anyone looking to develop skills and confidence gradually. They offer mountain biking skills lessons, guided trips on and off property, and a rental fleet of over 50 bikes from children's bikes to full suspension mountain bikes. In addition to their private trails, there are over 50 miles of trails within minutes of the resort.
Trail Passes are available for day guests at $10 / day. Please register at the Outdoor Center.
Stowe Mountain Bike Club
The Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC) manages well over 30 miles of trails in Stowe – one of the most extensive networks in the Northeast. These trails are open to the public and are accessible from many different points in town. Although there is not a required fee to access the trails, Stowe Mountain Bike Club membership is strongly encouraged to help maintain and sustain this valuable resource. SMBC has spent approximately $24,000 every year over the past three years building and maintaining these vibrant trails, with the majority of the work done by local volunteers. SMBC/VMBA Membership costs as little as $49/year for an individual, and $98/family. Please see below for more information on the various public trails.
Please note: many of the trails maintained by SMBC pass through private land with permission from landowners. Please be respectful of private property and check the daily trail report (link) to see which trails are closed/under construction. Trails do open and close in accordance with weather. Trail maps are available at many stores in town – money from maps sold goes directly toward trail maintenance.
- Adam’s Camp
- Sterling Forest
- Cady Hill Forest
- Little River, Cotton Brook, Kirchner Woods & Alex’s Trail
- Perry Hill (Managed by the Waterbury Area Trail Alliance)
Want on-bike personal attention? If you're new to mountain biking, or looking for a local expert to guide you to the best trails, click here
Mountain Bike Events
B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats
June 23-25, 2017
The 4th annual B3 Fest - Bikes, Brews & Beats is back in Stowe! The three-day festival is a celebration of Stowe mountain biking, craft beverages and live music. This year's B3 Fest lineup includes an all-ages Block Party at the village gree, a adult tricycle race, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more. Learn more.
Fall Classic: Leaf Blower
An epic day of camaraderie and group rides on some of Stowe’s most exciting and scenic trails. Whether you are sprinter who rides everyday, a weekend warrior, or a leisurely rider, there will be a group for you. Groups will take a break in the middle to refuel on energy grub and water, before charging back to town to share a meal, music, prizes, games, and bonfire! Learn more.
Mountain Bike Gear, Rentals & Tune-ups
In total, Stowe's bike shops offer about 300 rental bicycles. Adults can choose from mountain bikes for all levels, touring bikes, and bicycles-built-for-two. Children's bikes, trailers and bike seats are available.
Stowe's shops also retail bikes and accessories in all the major brands, and offer expert tune-up services for those who have their own bike.
- A.J.'s Ski & Sports
- Mansfield Cycles at Mountain Ops
- Pinnacle Ski & Sports
- Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center
Small 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 trail-a-bike or let their parents do the work when they get tired!
Mountain Bike Lessons & Guides
4 Points Mountain Bike School & Guide Service
New to mountain biking? Interested in the sport, but not really sure how to get started? Let 4 Points Mountain Bike School & Guide Service trained instructors show you the way by walking you through a step by step process to get you familiar with the equipment, proper body position, cornering, braking and a lot more. Lessons are two hours, which is usually long enough to actually learn the basics and still have time to do some riding. Please give us as much advance notification as possible so we have the right instructor available for you.
MTB Private Lesson: $99, 2 hrs. + $30 ea. additional person. MTB Group Lesson: $65, 2 hrs. Minimum 2 people. MTB Guide Service: $120, 2 hrs. Up to 6 riders + $50 ea. add. hr. Bike + Brew Tours: $189, 3 hrs. Mtn biking, Lunch, 3 -4 Breweries. Minimum 4 people
Peace Pups Dogsledding and Mountain Biking
Peace Pups Dogsledding offers mountain bike tours during the summer and fall, specifically designed to meet your needs. This means that you choose the technical level of the trail: beginner, intermediate, or expert, and you choose the length of the ride you want and a pace that you are comfortable with.
Learn new skills before heading out! If you are a beginner or intermediate level rider and want to try something new we can do some pre-ride skill building then head out on a ride to practice using those skills. We're always happy to stop on the trail and re-ride sections if you want to work on particular techniques.
Mountain bike tours are available any of the week, but please book in advance so they can plan accordingly. The cost is $110 per participant, which includes up to 4 hours of riding and lunch at a local eatery. Rentals and local pick-up/drop-off available. Fat bike tours available during the winter as well.