Top Places for Snowshoeing in Stowe, Vermont

Snow was absent in my home state of New Jersey. So my friend Rachel, who owns Sun & Ski Inn and Suites, invited me up for the weekend to Stowe, Vermont. She knew I had just gotten snowshoes for my husband and my kids so they could learn the sport I had fallen in love with already. So we headed to this quintessential ski town in the heart of the Green Mountains to break trail.

family with snowshoes posing near trees

The author and family are having fun at Trapp Family Outdoor Center! Photo: @stowebeautiful

Snowshoeing in Stowe, Vermont

Below, here is our snowshoeing experience and other snowshoe places in Stowe that came highly recommended to us.

Trapp Family Outdoor Center

The snow was still a little sparse, so we headed to the Trapp Family Outdoor Center. Rachel’s husband, Mark Vandenberg, a photographer (@stowebeautiful), came along to capture images of our first snowshoe adventure out in the woods.

There is ample terrain to snowshoe with multiple snowshoe-specific trails at Trapp Family Outdoor Center. Depending on your interest, there are also groomed cross-country ski trails and backcountry ski trails available.

The Center had benches for us to get ready, and if we hadn’t brought along our own gear, they had rentals. They also had facilities, which was key for heading out with kids. It took a bit to get everyone’s clasps into place, but we managed to get geared up and enjoy our first snow of the season and couldn’t wait to return.

Read More: Family Snowshoe and XC Ski Destination Vacations

Like the Trapp Family Outdoor Center, there are several places for great snowshoeing in Stowe! Photo: @stowebeautiful

Wiessner Woods

This 79-acres of woods, once home to ardent conservationists Muriel and Fritz Wiessner, is maintained by the Stowe Land Trust and is family-friendly. Open from dawn to dusk, there are four designated trails in the woods to explore on snowshoes.

My husband and I came back to Wiessner Woods with some friends to take on the Gourmet Fondue and Snowshoe Tour, which led us through the dark woods and back to a warm three-course fondue meal at Fritz Bar. Check out my Instagram Reel for more of our experience.

Kirchner Woods

Maple Syrup lovers will love this trail, once home to a maple sugar shack. Also maintained by the Stowe Land Trust, the sugar maples remain along these three family-friendly trails.

Read More: How To Tap and Make Your Own Maple Syrup on Snowshoes

group of snowshoers in background between trees

Stowe is the perfect option if you’re looking for a snowshoe through the woods. Photo: @stowebeautiful

Stowe Recreation Path

From the heart of Stowe Village to 5.5 miles (8.8 km) out, this greenway crisscrosses over the West Branch of Little River. There’s access directly across from the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. So, this trail is heavily trafficked by walkers and joggers. But you’ll need a good base of snow before strapping on your snowshoes.

Smugglers’ Notch

More advanced snowshoers may want to head up to Smugglers’ Notch, which got its name because that’s where folks would trade within the cover of the surrounding mountains.

Now, it’s an outdoor playground with four trails: Barnes Camp Boardwalk, a steep climb to Sterling Pond, and the long haul to Taft Lodge just below the summit of Mount Mansfield, which is about 4 miles (6.4 km) round trip. You’ll need a map, compass (the knowledge to use them), and plenty of daylight.

Since Route 108, which leads to Smugglers’ Notch, closes for the winter and is open for snowshoeing as well. About a mile (1.6 km) up, the long-winding road is a trek among boulders, cliffs, and paper birch trees.

Read More: Smugglers’ Notch Resort Snowshoe Programs in Vermont

woman snowshoeing with buildings in background

After snowshoeing, try out the apres off-trail locations in Stowe. Photo: @stowebeautiful

Off-Trail in Stowe

Need some off the trail ways to spend time in Stowe? Here are a few ideas to check out.

What snowshoe trails and activities do you enjoy near Stowe, Vermont? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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About the author

Kara Richardson Whitely

Kara is an adventurer, advisor, influencer, and author of the memoir Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds, which is soon to be a movie produced by and starring ‘This Is Us’ actress Chrissy Metz. Kara's mission is to encourage people of all sizes and abilities to get outside and live in the now, which led her to become a Come Alive Outside Board of Directors Member. You can find more about Kara at her website:

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