7 Summer Outdoor Activities in Stowe
May 23, 2019
by GO STOWE
A blanket of green envelops Stowe’s scenic landscape in the summer. Green Mountain views, treasured trails and refreshing swimming holes are just a few reasons why Stowe was named one of the “Top 20 Places to Travel in 2019” by Money Magazine. If you’re seeking adventure, looking to relax or spend quality time with friends and family, Stowe is the ideal New England destination for a summer break. Get out and explore Stowe, Vermont this summer with these seven outdoor activities:
It’s no wonder hiking is one of the most popular summer activities in the Stowe area, with a variety of trails ranging from easy and moderate, to expert. Explore the wilderness and take in the fresh, Green Mountain air on a leisurely hike in Kirchner or Wiessner woods. Be sure to pack a picnic for lunch! Or challenge yourself to a steep mountain climb up Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, for breathtaking views of the state’s mountainous landscape. (Insider Tip: Visit the Green Mountain Club for trail maps, hiking information and help selecting the perfect hike for you and your travel companions).
With more than 50 miles of world-class mountain biking trails, summer in Stowe is a great time to experience exceptional mountain biking. If you prefer a road biking adventure, the Stowe Recreation Path is a great option for a casual cruise with family or friends while taking in the views—from mountain to Main Street. (Insider Tip: Summer unofficially kicks off with the B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats, a weekend celebration of mountain biking, craft beverages, food and music throughout town. Join the B3 Fest Block Party in the village followed by a Critical Mass Ride up Mountain Road).
From reservoirs to rivers, there are plenty of places to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle your way through a summer day in Stowe. Whether you are with kids or friends, local spots surrounded by rolling hills and mountains make for great summer paddling. (Insider Tip: There are many options for guided tours in the Stowe area, including water and wine tours and maple paddling tours).
Swing into summer on the golf greens of Stowe. With courses ranging in difficulty and skill level, Stowe has 9- and 18-hole courses for golfers to enjoy in the summer. Sharpen your golf skills with lessons from PGA professionals at the historic Stowe Country Club, an 18-hole public course established in 1950 on what was once a dairy farm at the turn of the century. The 18-hole Spruce Peak Course at Stowe Mountain Club is available to club members as well as guests of The Lodge at Spruce Peak and Stowe Mountain Rentals.
Soar through Stowe on a zip line adventure! Ride through the treetops at ArborTrek Canopy Adventures for an unforgettable summer experience. (Insider Tip: After the scenic drive through Smugglers’ Notch for a zip line, continue outdoors at the Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf & Mountain Bike Center).
The Stowe area is a popular destination for fishing throughout the year. Vermont’s peaceful rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs have a variety of fish. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or learning a new hobby, fishing in the area is a memorable experience. Equipment, instruction and guided excursions are offered through local fishing experts. (Insider Tip: Fish without a license on Free Fishing Day in Vermont on Saturday, June 8, 2019).
There’s nothing quite like cooling off and relaxing by the water on a hot summer day in Vermont. Enjoy the sounds of nature while taking in the scenic beauty at one of Stowe’s natural swimming holes. There are also several lodging properties with outdoor pools to enjoy during your stay.