When you find yourself in Stowe, Vermont, this charming town with its unique colonial style buildings nestled near Mount Mansfield, the Stowe Recreation Path is something you won’t want to miss. This award-winning, 5.3-mile long paved path is on every visitor’s map. It is easily accessible to all age groups and you can walk, bike or even snowshoe in the right season. No matter how you want to travel it, the path reveals its beauty to you, your family and even your pets. It crosses over creeks you can jump in for a refreshing swim, areas to throw in a line and hope to catch something to brag about when you get back, and offers stunning views of Mt. Mansfield and Stowe.
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History and Development of The Stowe Recreation Path
The idea for developing the Stowe Recreation Path started in 1964 when the traffic on Mountain Road became so heavy that bikers and pedestrians had to give up the road to cars. But it took 17 years for work to finally get started, and three years later in 1984, about two and a half miles of the path were paved, along with 16 bridges. Most of the land was donated to allow the construction of the path. It became so popular that an extension was planned. Between 1986 and 1989 another 2.6 miles were added to the path along with 4 bridges, making it the pride and joy of the community.
Although it was originally built with bikers in mind, the path is well suited for walking, and in the winter when it’s dusted with snow, put on your best snowshoes and have a go at it. Starting from the Stowe Community Church, the path weaves its way along the West Branch River before it plunges into majestic forests and lush open farmland. As you cross the river, you might be tempted to take a quick dip when the weather is right. You’re not the only one, just make sure you don’t cross the paths of the anglers enjoying another beautiful day in the arms of nature.
The Quiet Path
This part of the Stowe Recreation Path is for joggers and people on foot only. This is the place hikers can call their own without being crowded out by bicycles. The 1.8-mile long path offers great views and amazing spots to have a picnic. Unlike the Recreation Path where dogs have to be leashed, here you can let your best friend run free and chase the butterflies.
The Stowe Recreation Path offers visitors an opportunity to get close to the beauty and charm of this town at the pace they prefer. Call us today for more information on activities and to book your Stowe vacation rental!