In a town where nature’s beauty intertwines seamlessly with boundless opportunities for exploration, there’s no shortage of new experiences waiting to be uncovered in Stowe, Vermont. While certain activities like hiking or taking a scenic drive are among the most popular, here are five activities guests should try when they are in Stowe to experience the area in an entirely new way and perhaps learn something new.

 

ZIPLINING

Experience the Green Mountains from a totally different perspective. Soar among the tree tops with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures in Smugglers’ Notch. Ziplining offers a thrilling adventure that allows participants to soar through the air and observe Vermont’s breathtaking scenery from up above. Named one of the “10 Best Zipline Courses in the USA” by USA Today, ArborTrek offers a variety of different tours and packages, including both ziplining and climbing adventures. Zipline and treetop adventure tours range from serene to extreme.

 

FISHING

Fishing is year-round activity in Vermont with ice fishing during the winter months and then on the water from spring through the fall. The diversity of Vermont’s waterways allows local guides to offer wade, bank, canoe and motorboat fishing, which means there are plenty of ways to try your hand at fishing in Stowe. If you’re looking for a guide to the best local spots, Stowe is home to a number of experienced fishing instructors. Catamount Fishing Adventures and The Fly Rod Shop both offer a variety of clinics, lessons and programs to help introduce you to the basics and beyond.

Trapp Family Lodge_Mountain Biking

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Stowe features an extensive mountain biking trail network of well-maintained, interconnected trails that offer fun and challenging terrain, suitable for all ability levels. Named a “mountain biking mecca” by The Boston Globe, mountain biking will open a whole new realm of sight seeing to the wonders of Stowe’s scenic trails. The majority of Stowe’s mountain bike trails are free and open for public use, thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Stowe Trails Partnership (STP). There are several bike shops that offer rentals if you are trying it out and guided tours are available through 4 Points VT.

 

DISC GOLF

Disc golf is a sport that combines elements of traditional golf with the frisbee. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole with a club, players throw a disc from a tee area toward a target. Whether a beginner or an expert, Stowe welcomes disc golfers of all levels and ability to enjoy stunning, scenic courses. Stowe is home to Smugglers’ Notch Disc Golf & Outdoor Center, rated as one of the top 5 disc golf destinations in the world, as well as Trapp Family Lodge’s 18-hole disc golf course. Both offer rentals and equipment.

 

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING

If you typically head out on the water in a canoe or a kayak, next time test your balance on a stand up paddleboard (SUP). It is common for newcomers to begin by kneeling on the paddleboard to get a feel for balance and stability. Once you feel comfortable, gradually stand up, keeping your knees slightly bent and your feet shoulder-width apart for better stability. As you gain confidence and momentum, you’ll find yourself gliding effortlessly across the water’s surface, taking in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Rentals are available at multiple locations.

When you are planning your trip to Stowe, it is always recommended to book reservations for tours, activities and equipment rentals in advance when possible.

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