A Vermonter’s Guide to Mud Season

April 21, 2023


As temperatures rise and the ground begins to thaw, mud season – the unofficial fifth season – enters the picture. Spring in Vermont is the perfect time to live like a local and take full advantage of the sites and activities before the popular summer months arrive. While enjoying favorite spots in Stowe, here are some things to consider when exploring the area during mud season.

Indoor Activities

Craft breweries – Vermont has more craft breweries per capita than any other state and the Stowe area is home to some of the best. Mud season is the perfect time to avoid the crowds while exploring all the breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries the area has to offer. Book a guided tour to maximize the experience.

Museums and galleries – The natural beauty of Stowe’s scenery is matched by its vibrant arts community. Museums and art galleries can be found throughout Stowe and the surrounding area. From painting, photography and sculptures to jewelry and glass – something unique and intriguing is always on exhibit.

Stowe Bowl – An eight-lane bowling venue that’s not your average alley, Stowe Bowl is a swanky boutique bowling lounge featuring a full bar and diverse menu. A great place for families and larger groups, Stowe Bowl is the perfect place to post up for the afternoon or evening, especially during fickle weather.

Spa day – Vermont is serene and peaceful all year round, but no matter the season, there is always time to rest and recover. Bask in the ultimate relaxation with a trip to one of our world-class spas. Choose from a variety of services and treatments or unwind with a massage.

Outdoor Activities

Stowe Recreation Path – Open all year round, the 5.3-mile paved public path is free to use and easy to access. It starts in the historic Stowe Village and ends at a beautiful, covered bridge. People of all ages will enjoy scenic views along the mostly flat and level trail. The recreation path is perfect to explore during mud season while some unpaved trails remain closed due to soggy conditions.

Road biking – Whether you’re looking for a short ride around town, or a longer full-day excursion, our roads and paved trails offer some of the most scenic cycling routes in Vermont. We have a lot of pavement to explore, as well as an extensive network of gravel roads with views. View the Stowe Road Biking Guide for beginner, intermediate and advanced road rides in the Stowe area.

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail – The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) is a four-season, multi-purpose recreation and transportation corridor across northern Vermont following the former 93-mile Lamoille Valley Railroad (LVRR) rail line from St. Johnsbury to Swanton. The trail is open year-round to non-motorized uses and features wheelchair accessible grades.

Fishing – Trout fishing season opens in the Green Mountain State in mid-April. Whether you’re a beginner or come with more experience, the Stowe area offers some of the best fishing in Vermont. If you’re looking for a guide to the best local spots, Stowe is home to a number of experienced fishing instructors.

Mud Season Tips & Tricks

  • Stick to activities on paved or more durable surfaces – traveling on roads or paths that are oversaturated from snowmelt and rainy weather conditions are vulnerable to damage from erosion. Help us protect and maintain dirt roads and trails by utilizing paved options.
  • Check the weather! Always be prepared for unpredictable weather. Plan your activities accordingly if the forecast calls for rain or damp conditions. Be sure to pack appropriate footwear and outerwear for the various activities you have planned.
  • Research trail closures and conditions ahead of time when possible. Abide by all trail signs on any open or partially open trails. Be prepared to turn around if conditions appear too muddy.

Photos courtesy of: von Trapp Brewing Bierhall, The Current, Stowe Bowl, The Calm Company, Sharon Harper and Carrie Nourjian/Commodores Inn. Feature image courtesy of Mark Vandenberg.

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