Embracing Wanderlust in The Mad River Valley
The Pitcher Inn isn’t just a place for relaxation. Yes, our eclectic suites and guestrooms are filled with a myriad of plush places in which to kick back and relax. But our location in the Mad River Valley, between two picture-perfect stretches of the Green Mountains, is beyond stunning. The natural beauty surrounding us begs to be explored, even by the least intrepid wanderer.
We’re surrounded by many walking and hiking trails. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to conquer them all in one visit, although you’re more than welcome to try. We’ve showcased some of our favorites below. These must-stroll paths will immerse you in the vivid wildflowers, clear streams and tree-covered steeps of the Mad River Valley.
Hike, Swim and Shop on the Mad River Path
You don’t have to be an avid hiker to fall in love with the trails of the Mad River Valley. The Mad River Path is one of the most popular routes for hikers of all levels. Offering a scenic tour of our valley, the path stretches from Warren to Moretown. Make your way through farms and forests, sparkling swimming holes, across burbling streams and down the streets of several charming Vermont towns. Those with a need for speed should consider renting a bicycle to tackle more of the path in a single trip.
Take in the Sights from the Peak of Mt. Abe
Mount Abraham is one of Vermont’s five 4,000-foot mountains. If you’re an expert hiker ready for a challenge, this trail is the tops. This demanding path is 5.8 miles out and back, but the panoramic views of Killington Peak, the Adirondacks and the White Mountains are more than worth the effort. Start your trek along the Battell Trail, then continue along the Long Trail when the two intersect. From there, you’ll begin the steep and rewarding ascent to the top of Mt. Abe.
Discover Waterfalls at Stetson Hollow
The falls at Stetson Hollow may be Vermont’s best kept secret. Luckily for our guests, this stunning site is just minutes from our front door and we’re more than happy to share. The four-mile-long hike travels along a brook and passes a number of cascades. The greatest treasure of all is a 40-foot-tall horsetail fall crashing into the crystal clear Stetson Brook. Visit in early summer, after the snowmelt, for a most spectacular show.
The Mad River Path, Mt. Abraham and Stetson Hollow are a few personal favorites.. Our oasis has much more in store. For more information, give us a call, or stop by our front desk at The Pitcher Inn.