Fall Hiking

Take in Stowe’s legendary foliage and natural beauty this fall with one of the areas many scenic hikes. It’s no surprise hiking is one of the most popular fall activities in the area with stunning views of the Vermont landscape. Stowe has a variety of easy, moderate and expert trail options for all ages and abilities. The trail system is well maintained with clear paths and trail blazes. View our foliage finder for fall resources. Below are popular hikes in the Stowe area to experience the fall foliage views.

Popular Hikes

  • Mt. Mansfield: Vermont’s highest peak at 4,393′ is situated on the Long Trail, a 265-mile trail system running throughout Vermont, which crosses Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak in Stowe. Two trail-heads are located in Smugglers’ Notch. The Green Mountain Club, located on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, is an excellent resource for questions about hiking the Long Trail and others in the area.
  • Stowe Pinnacle: A moderate hike with views of the Green Mountains, including Mt. Mansfield, as well as the Sterling and Worcester ranges, including nearby Mt. Elmore.
  • Short, scenic hikes: Explore the wilderness on gentle trails in Kirchner Woods and Wiessner Woods, or take a leisurely walk to Sunset Rock for a view of Mt. Mansfield. These trails are conserved by Stowe Land Trust.
  • Waterfalls, pools and basins: Take a leisurely walk to popular Swimming Holes.
    • Notice: The Moss Glen Falls trail will be closed for maintenance and repairs 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. September 14 – 25, 2020.
  • Guided hikes: Get a unique perspective of Stowe through a local trail guide. Customized guided hikes are available through various outfitters.

Go Stowe Hiking Guide

Discover Stowe's hikes with the Go Stowe Hiking Guide. Flip through our complimentary Go Stowe Hiking Guide for popular easy, moderate and difficult hikes in the area. The guide includes all you need to know including information about the hike, the trailhead location, how long it takes and the elevation.


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Explore Hiking In The Region

Learn about the best of Route 100 in Vermont with more hiking in the Waterbury and Mad River Valley regions.