Recreation in the Mad River Valley
Why the Mad River Valley is one of the Favorite Places to Visit in Vermont
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Mad River Valley is always on the shortlist of places to visit in Vermont because there is so much to do here, regardless of the season. Being active, outside in nature is vital to our community and we love sharing our trails, river, lake and mountains with visitors.
Spring, Summer and Fall
Walking and Hiking
We have trails, paths and country roads that are suited for every age and ability; all with guaranteed amazing scenery. The Mad River Path Association has created and maintains a series of paths along the Valley Floor, that are easy to walk and connect the towns of the Mad River Valley. If you are looking to get up, into the mountains there are lots of trails that range from easy to challenging.
River and Lake Watersports
Swimming in the Mad River is what local folks do to stay cool on the handful of extremely hot days we have in the summer. There are several popular swimming holes along the river or Blueberry lake provides a quieter water option if that is your preference. Depending on the time of year, kayaking, canoeing and tubing can be exciting or a lazy meander on our river that gets it's name because it flows south to north. Again, Blueberry Lake, is the quiet water option for small, non-powered boats or stand up paddleboards.
Bicycling and Mountain Biking
You cannot drive on any road in the Valley without seeing at least one person riding a bike; for many residents, it is the preferred mode of transportation when the roads aren't snow-covered. Our hills can be challenging, but with wide bike lans on the roads on the Valley floor as well as bike access on the Mad River Path, riding a bike here can be as easy or difficult and you wish. There are more biking options here than can be covered in a week's time. The Mad River Riders have built an extensive mountain bike trail system and Sugarbush offers lift service access to their 37 trails across 18 miles that includes a bike park and a mixture of challenging descents and high-speed downhill runs
More Outdoor Activities
There are so many more activities going on in the Mad River Valley, so if skiing and hiking aren't your thing, perhaps birding, fishing, golfing, disc golf, dog sledding are more your taste. The best place to discover all of the activities the Mad River Valley has to offer is the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce website.
Alpine Skiing and Boarding
The Mad River Valley has not just one, but three major ski mountains to choose from. Skiers and boarders can carve turns at either Lincoln Peak or Mount Ellen. While both are part of Sugarbush Ski Area, each has it's own own unique vibe and terrain. Skiers can also challenge their skills at Mad River Glen, known for narrow trails, the iconic single chair lift and the invitation that dares you to "Ski it if you can."