Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont: Hike Mt. Mansfield State Forest

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Great American Dream Realty

Mt. Mansfield State Forest is a beautiful place to hike in Stowe, Vermont. There are many cross country ski trails to hike on. Most of the trails are very easy to walk with a few climbs.  There are one or two trails with intermittent steeper climbs, but nothing too difficult or too long of a stretch for someone in reasonable shape to tackle reasonably well.  Many people also enjoy mountain biking and snow shoeing on the trails.

The trails are very scenic - heavily wooded along meandering streams with big boulders.  I love hiking there first thing in the morning with the morning sun and clean, fresh air or when late afternoon sends golden shafts of light through the trees.

Mt. Mansfield is the tallest mountain in Vermont standing at 4,393 feet.  Mt. Mansfield State Forest includes roughly 40,000 acres of land including Little River State Park, Waterbury Center State Park, Smugglers Notch State Park and Underhill State Park in addition to Stowe Ski Resort, Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort and a cross country ski center.  A section of the Catamount Trail and the Long Trail pass through the forest and the water bodies of Lake Mansfield, Waterbury Reservoir and Sterling Pond are encapsulated within it.  Route 108 is designated as a National Scenic Highway and the Toll Road to the summit of Mt. Mansfield is a popular destination for travelers preferring to drive to the summit rather than hike to it.  Smuggler's Notch is the most scenic drive in the state of Vermont as you meander through the massive mountain pass with its hairpin turns and large boulders.

It is estimated that the Mt. Mansfield State Forest draws one million visitors yearly.  I am so fortunate to live and work in Stowe, Vermont where beauty is just a few steps from my door!

Stowe, Vermont - a beautiful place to live!

Mt. Mansfield State Forest

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Stowe, Vermont

 

 

 

 

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Simone Bercu
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Lisa, welcome to Active Rain.  You are fortunate to live near nature's beauty and have the opportunity to recharge your "batteries" daily. Have a great summer. 

May 19, 2013 11:21 PM #1
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Joan Cox
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Lisa, this would be HEAVEN to have at your doorsteps!     Makes me want to go fishing and hiking in my free time!

May 19, 2013 11:30 PM #2
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN
Lisa, how fortunate you are to live so close to such a beautiful natural setting. How far is Stowe from Ethan Allen's stomping grounds in the Green Mountains?
May 19, 2013 11:33 PM #3
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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Joan, Yes, it is HEAVEN and I feel very, very fortunate!  The photos are taken from a trail which begins literally steps from my home!

Bruce, the Ethan Allen homestead is about fifty minutes away in Burlington.

Vermont is such a beautiful state and I feel so very fortunate to be living and working here!!  Thank you for stopping by my blog.

May 19, 2013 11:49 PM #4
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David Popoff
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What beautiful pictures, when we travel we always check out the local hikes, could be in the Alps, rainforest or even a desert. Even cities like NYC have great walking paths such as at Central Park, enjoy. 😃
May 20, 2013 02:16 AM #5
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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Hi David,  I, too, enjoy going on local hikes or walks when I have been traveling.  I have enjoyed historical walking tours in London and Edinborough, as well as on Boston's Freedom Trail.  I have also enjoyed beautiful desert trails in Arizona.  Who would have ever thought that the desert could be so beautiful!  I have also enjoyed a few horse and buggy rides around Central Park :)

May 20, 2013 02:25 AM #6
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David Popoff
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Two thumbs up Lisa, when we can we always try to bring our two dogs along as well, they have such a blast.

May 20, 2013 06:09 AM #7
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Lisa Friedman
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David, I just adopted a new dog from the shelter.  Her name is Sadie.  She is around two years old and I look forward to many happy hikes and adventures with her :) !

May 20, 2013 06:27 AM #8
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Lisa, you do live in a beautiful place and you are showcasing it well! I can almost hear the little stream running over the rocks and smell the forest. Thanks for sharing!
May 20, 2013 10:15 AM #9
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Kathy Sheehan
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Welcome to Active Rain Lisa.  I have been hiking in Stowe and remember it fondly.

May 22, 2013 10:49 AM #10
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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Kathy, Thanks for stopping by - Do you remember where in Stowe that you hiked?

May 22, 2013 10:55 AM #11
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Welcome back to ActiveRain, Lisa. Those are gorgeous photos -- very tranquil-looking.

May 23, 2013 05:40 AM #12
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