Welcome! No trip to Stowe would be complete without a visit to at least a small stretch of the famed “Rec Path.” The Stowe Recreation Path meanders along woods, farm fields and meadows from behind the Community Church in Stowe Village to Brook Road, just above the Topnotch Resort. Along the 5.3-mile long paved trail you’ll find access to many restaurants and local businesses. It is open to walkers, runners, bikers, snowshoers, cross country (nordic) skiers, and rollerbladers.
If you are only looking to go one way, the free shuttle that runs along the Mountain Road throughout the winter will pick you up. For visitors who are biking it, the path also features maintenance stations at Lintilhac Park and Chase Park. The bike maintenance stations include tools for basic bicycle maintenance and repairs.
Where can you hop on the path?
The access points for the recreation path are Topnotch, Thompson Park, Chase Park, and Lintilhac Park. The Topnotch access point is just past Topnotch Resort, on Brook Road, off of the Mountain Road (Route 108). Thompson Park is also off Mountain Road, just across from the Percy Farm Corn Maze.
Chase Park is across from the Stonybrook Condos on Luce Hill Road, and Lintilhac Park is behind the Stowe Community Church on Main Street in the village of Stowe. Most access points have picnic tables and you’ll find benches here and there for a stop to admire the views as well.
Are you bringing along your pet?
Be sure to keep your dog on a leash, and bags for cleaning up after fido are located at the access points. After that he or she can enjoy a bowl of water at Chase Park.
Always keep to the right except to pass! Riders are asked to walk their bikes over the bridges that cross the West Branch of the Little River. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from AJ’s Ski & Sports or Pinnacle Ski & Sports.
Do you have a favorite stop along the path? We’d love to know! Insider tip? If you’re traveling to Stowe you may want to print out a copy of the map below to have with you. Or stop by Red Barn Realty of Vermont at 1878 Mountain Road in Stowe for a complimentary copy. Happy Trails! ~MBS