Recreation Opportunities



Stowe has it all!


Downhill skiing - Mt. Mansfield is Vermont’s highest mountain, the summit peaking at 4,395 feet. It offers trails for beginners to experts.

Cross-country skiing is offered by Stowe Mountain Resort, Trapp Family Lodge and various State land trails. 


Historic Stowe Country Club offers a challenging, but rewarding course with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains.

Stowe Mountain Golf Club course meanders along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, reaching an elevation of more than 1,800 feet.

Country Club of Vermont is less than miles south of Stowe Village and was designated the second best course in Vermont by Golf Digest.


Stowe’s Pinnacle Trail offers a 1.4+/- miles hike from trailhead to summit. A leisurely roundtrip hike can be completed in approximately 3 hours.

Wiessner Woods, 79 acres of donated land, contains an extensive network of trails including a portion of the Catamount Trail and is open to the public for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dog walking

The Long Trail, a 265-mile trail system running throughout Vermont (and beyond), has its easiest access in Smuggler’s Notch. A list of various hikes can be viewed here.


The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.3+/- mile path that runs from Stowe Village to the base of Mt. Mansfield. It is a favorite to locals and tourists alike - cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, as well as nordic skiers in the snowy months. Click here for a map.

Trapp Family Lodge offers miles of mountain bike trails for beginners to experts. Passes can be purchased from their Outdoor Center. 


Nearly all of the resorts in Stowe have swimming pools, many having both indoor and outdoor facilities such as Topnotch Resort & Spa and the Golden Eagle Resort.

For a more “natural” experience try one of Stowe’s sparkling streams, lakes and swimming holes. The West Branch River mingles with the Stowe Recreation Path, providing many choice spots to take a dip.

There are several lakes in the area - public beaches are at Lake Eden, Lake Elmore and Caspian Lake. Waterbury Reservoir, south of Stowe, is a favorite among locals. 


Outdoor at the private Stowe Tennis Club

Indoor and outdoor at Topnotch Resort & Spa 


Horseback riding and trail rides are offered by Topnotch Resort and Spa and Edson Hill Manor.

Funding for a new multi-purpose community events and sports arena in Stowe has been approved by the community. This promises to be an exciting new project!



Waterbury is a four season vacation destination!


The Green Mountain Club in Waterbury Center maintains Vermont’s Long Trail which runs 270 miles from Massachusetts to the Vermont/Canadian border. Additionally there are hiking possibilities on Mt. (accessed from Waterbury Center), one of the premier peaks in the Worcester Range.

Established in 1925, Blush Hill Country Club, offers a 9-hole course just minutes from I-89.

The Country Club of Vermont is considered one of the two best golf courses in Vermont with perhaps the most magnificent golf course sites in the state. The front 9 is a link course, the back 9 is a Pinehurst format; all situated on 330 acres. Limited public play is possible.

Waterbury Reservoir offers swimming, kayaking, water skiing, picnicking and more. It is one of the most popular state parks in central Vermont.




Waterbury is close to over 800 kilometers of groomed and tracked cross country and snowshoe trails in nearby Stowe, Sugarbush and Bolton. The 850-acre Waterbury Reservoir when frozen and the trails in the surrounding Little River State Park provide a true wilderness experience. Nordic skiers can also access the Catamount Trail.

For Alpine skiing, Waterbury is within 25 minutes of four major ski areas: Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Bolton.