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Free, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Atmosphere

If you love exploring the great outdoors, then odds are you'll enjoy Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.5-mile-long greenway weaves its way between Stowe Village and Topnotch Resort. Motorized vehicles are not permitted here, so you can walk, run, bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski or rollerblade freely along the path.

No matter which season you visit, prior travelers said you'll appreciate Stowe Recreation Path's relaxed, scenic setting. An array of shops and farms also sit nearby, giving you plenty of opportunities to take a quick break. What's more, you won't have to spend any money to visit this picturesque attraction.

To get to Stowe Recreation Path, you can drive and park for free in Stowe Village or at Chase Park. Or, walk or bike from Topnotch Resort or Stowe Village, which can be reached in winter by Green Mountain Transit's free Mountain Road Shuttle. The greenway is accessible 24 hours a day. Several bike and skate rental shops are located near the path's start and end points. Note: No other facilities, such as water fountains and restrooms, are available.

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#1 Trapp Family Lodge

As avid fans of "The Sound of Music" already know, the real von Trapp family was a musical troupe that toured the world after their escape from Salzburg, Austria, in 1938. As the family business became lucrative, the von Trapps purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe and settled down to live amid the mountains yet again. Over time, the farmhouse grew into a large resort with cross-country ski trails, mountain biking paths, tennis courts and more.

The now expansive lodge mainly serves as a ski retreat, but the property's hiking trails and horse-drawn carriage rides are equally popular. "The Sound of Music" fans and von Trapp aficionados recommend partaking in a history tour of the lodge to get an overview of the family's history.

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