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Stowe Hollow, Little River Dam, Ben & Jerry's and Cold Hollow Cider Mill

37.4 miles long

This drive is perhaps the most charming hereabouts. Stowe Hollow nestles at the foot of Worcester Mountains and is drained by the Gold Brook. There are rainbow trout to the covered bridge and natives above and the stream really is gold bearing, although in small quantities. The source of the gold was never found, except possibly by Old Indian Pete, who used to buy his necessities in the Village with his findings. Although continually spied upon, he never revealed his secret.

The covered bridge in Stowe Hollow is known as "Emily's Bridge". There are several stories, none authenticated, about how she died at this spot, but her spirit is said to haunt the bridge.

The Little River Dam was constructed in the 1930's after the 1927 flood. All pertinent information about the construction is on a site marker at the dam. This is an ideal spot for picture taking and picnicking.

And, on the way back, the trip takes you by two of Vermont's most popular attractions, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Stop by Ben & Jerry's for a sample of the Country's best ice cream or Cold Hollow for a refreshing cup of just-pressed cider. Both sites offer factory tours.

  • 0.0 - From the Stowe Visitor Information Center move south on Route 100
  • 1.8 - Turn left onto Gold Brook Road
  • 2.1 - Go over cement bridge. Turn left onto Gold Brook Road and continue.
  • 3.0 - Turn right onto Stowe Hollow Road (Emily's Covered Bridge on left) and go up hill
  • 4.9 - Bear right and continue on. Good view of Camel's Hump & Sugarbush Mountains.
  • 8.2 - Turn left. You are on Loomis Hill.
  • 10.2 - Take the right at the top of the hill onto Ripley Road.
  • 12.7 - Left turn onto Perry Hill. It's the dirt road opposite big farmhouse.
  • 13.5 - Sharp right turn.
  • 16.4 - Bear left onto Lincoln Street.
  • 16.5 - Turn right and go over stone bridge then turn left onto route 100.
  • 17.2 - At stop sign turn right onto Route 2.
  • 18.5 - Turn right onto Little River Road. Good fishing along Little River on right.
  • 20.8 - Left up hill on pavement.
  • 21.3 - You will be at the Waterbury Dam. Stop awhile and look at the sights then turn around and retrace your steps back to Route 2.
  • 24.1 - Turn left onto route 2.
  • 25.0 - Turn left onto route 100.
  • 26.7 - Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory will be on the left. Continue on Rt. 100 north.
  • 29.1 - Cold Hollow Cider Mill is on right (great Vermont made products). Continue on Route 100 north.
  • 29.7 - To Barnes Hill Road, on the right.
  • 30.4 - Left onto Maple street/ to Barnes Hill.
  • 34.5 - Come to a true fork, and bear left.
  • 37.1 - Turn left onto School Street.
  • 37.4 - Left onto Main Street, and back to the Stowe Visitor Info Center.