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An award-winning recreation path right in the heart of Stowe, Vermont!


Stowe rec path brochureThe idea for the Stowe Recreation Path had its genesis way back in 1964, but it wasn't until 1981 that the internationally-acclaimed Stowe Recreation Path finally made its debut. The Recreation Path began originally as a 2.7 mile path meandering along the West Branch River and expanded to 5.3 miles long in 1989. The Stowe Recreation Path is free for use by all and remains a perennial favorite among visitors and area residents alike.

People 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. Many area restaurants and shops can also be accessed from the path. 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.


Times Argus Best of the Best AwardThe Stowe Recreation Path has been the proud recipient of many awards.

Including, but not limited to:

Times-Argus "Best of the Best" 2012 Award for Best Bike Path
Voted by Times-Argus readers.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Award

"The Town of Stowe is to be commended both for this highly successful project as well as for their leadership in helping other communities develop similar greenways."

person biking on rec pathTake Pride in America Finalist Award
"Out of 540 nominations from 48 states 208 finalists were chosen by the Blue Ribbon Panel of Judges. Stowe was one of two to receive this National honor for Vermont."

Rudy Bruner Finalist Award
"The project was truly a community effort: the Town of Stowe was the developer; the property owners were the planners; townspeople and visitors were members of the advisory committee."

1000 Points of Light by President Bush
"The President named the community of Stowe, Vermont as the 119th 'Daily Point of Light.' The Stowe Community united to preserve and enhance its environment by creating the Stowe Recreation Path and Town Greenway."

786th National Recreation Trail
"Initiated at home, supported by State and Federal programs, and winner of numerous awards, the Stowe Recreation Path helps visitors and residents alike enjoy one of New England's - and the Nation's - most beautiful valleys."


Access to the path may be found off Main Street and along Route 108 (Mountain Road).

Stowe Bike Rentals

man and woman roadbikingAbout 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.