Stowe, Vermont may not be the most visited destination in the world, but anyone in the northeastern United States knows that it is an incredible place to vacation, especially if you enjoy spectacular natural beauty. Although there are also many things to enjoy apart from the scenery, if you put forth a little effort to find them, below are a few of the area’s best off the beaten path spots in Stowe.
This has only been a conservation area for a little over 20 years, and doesn’t have the name recognition of some others spots in the area. Rest assured that it is every bit as beautiful as the other natural places in Stowe. As such, you can expect a more peaceful and private experience here as opposed to some of the better-known conserved areas. You will find gentle, beautiful trails throughout the park, as well as sprawling meadows and heavily wooded areas containing incredible biodiversity. Bring a picnic or just come for the views. Only 3.5 miles from Stowe Village, head north on Route 108, then turn right onto Edson Hill Road and take the first right after passing the Stowehof Inn. Park in the lot on the left and follow the signs to enjoy the scenery.
Moss Glen Falls is a local hotspot that is sure to provide some of your favorite times in Stowe. Come here to find a gorgeous cascading waterfall nestled in a medieval-looking forest. During the summer, it provides the perfect opportunity to frolic and cool off in the clear water. During the winter, it is one of the most peaceful spots to spend an afternoon. There are actually two different waterfalls named Moss Glen Falls in Vermont, and this one can be found just a few miles from Stowe off of Route 100 between Stowe and Morristown. You can reach the falls with only a half mile level walk in on Moss Glen Falls Trail. Take Route 100 North and turn right onto Randolph Road, then turn right onto Moss Glen Falls Road. The trailhead is located on the left-hand side of Moss Glen Falls Road at the edge of a small parking area. Moss Glen Falls is definitely one of the best off the beaten path spots in Stowe!
As the highest peak in Vermont at 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is no secret to anyone who sees Stowe’s horizon. Getting up close and even atop the mountain is an experience that few have had, and it is well worth the trip. This area is home to one of the only alpine ecosystems on the East Coast, thus providing a unique opportunity. Get there by hiking along any number of trails in the Mount Mansfield or Smuggler’s Notch State Forests while taking in unparalleled views from all angles. Connect with the Long Trail near the summit and take the short trek over to the Lake of the Clouds for some of thoe best views in Vermont. On clearer days the reflection of the sky in the lake is beyond breathtaking!
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