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Recreation Path in Stowe, Vermont

The Stowe Recreation Path

Stowe Recreation PathThe Stowe Recreation Path (known locally as the 'Rec Path') is a perennial favorite among visitors and area residents alike.  It is a 5.5 mile one-way (i.e., not a loop) paved public path that is free to use and easy-to-access.  With a mostly flat and level trail experience, people of all ages enjoy easy traveling along the entire route.

The Stowe Recreation Path is open all year long, enjoyed by cyclists, runners, and walkers in the spring, summer and fall, and by Nordic skiers and snowshoers in the winter!  During the winter, the Town of Stowe grooms the rec path for nordic skiers. Please be respectful and stay out of the groomed tracks during the winter, unless of course you are cross-country skiing. Many area restaurants and shops are directly accessible 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.

courtesy tipView the Rec Path Map
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The Quiet Path

The Stowe Quiet PathThe Quiet Path is a low-impact extension of the Stowe Rec Path for walkers and joggers only. The natural surface path intersects portions of the conserved Mayo Farm property and meanders along the West Branch of the Little River. Interperative signs and beautiful panoramic views make for a relaxing 1.8 mile tour and a favorite spot for picnics.

Parking areas on Mayo Farm Road, Weeks Hill Road, and Cemetery Roads offer easy access to the Quiet Path. While dogs must be leashed while on the Recreation Path, they can run free on the Quiet Path with other dogs!


Rec Path History

Stowe Recreation PathThe idea for the Stowe Recreation Path had its genesis way back in 1964, but it wasn't until 1981 that our internationally-acclaimed Rec Path finally made its debut.  It began originally as a 2.7 mile path meandering along the West Branch River, and expanded to 5.5 miles long in 1989.  For more information, click here.

courtesy tipThe Stowe Rec Path has earned many conservation, recreation, and travel-related honors over the years.  During his administration, President George H.W. Bush formally recognized the Stowe Recreation Path as one of the nation’s “1,000 Points of Light.”