Does a stroll through an idyllic Vermont village sound appealing to your pup? Then grab the leash and head over to the Stowe Recreation Path. A walk through this charming part of Stowe will reinvigorate your dog’s spirits and put some pep into their step.
You can begin this point-to-point trail from either end, but most people prefer the north to south route since it follows the trail’s natural slope. Plus, the northern trailhead is just a few miles from Stowe Mountain Resort, so you’ll get some puptacular mountain views before setting off. The first section of the trail meanders through thick forests and alongside the West Branch Little River. Keep your eyes open for wildlife; moose have been known to frequent these parts.
The trail gradually enters farm country. You’ll walk past
a horse farm and will likely see the beautiful creatures grazing in the
pasture. Enjoy the serenity of the countryside, because before you know it, you’ll
be walking through a busier section of the trail. The southern end of the
recreation path runs through a collection of restaurants, breweries, and
lodging. The owners of these local establishments are used to seeing travelers
from the trail. In fact, many of them provide direct access from the trail to
their businesses. The trail ends at a puptastic covered bridge that will remind
you why you love Vermont.
If your pup wants some time away from the cyclists, follow the 1.8 mile detour called the Quiet Path. This beautiful trail is just for joggers and walkers. The best part about it is that dogs get to run off leash! It also follows the river, so your pup can even go wading.
Portable restrooms are available throughout the trail, and there are even a couple bike repair stations. Pack some snacks and water, and pawse for a break at one of the picnic tables along the way. The pawsome village scenery, wildflowers, and rural feel of this trail will make your pup’s tail wag!