We like to think that Middlebury is the ‘Gateway to Western Vermont’ and all that the area has to offer. If you’re here to explore the wonderful natural beauty, whether on foot or on two wheels, here are some great ideas to give you a head start in your planning. Check out our VT Adventurers Package here for future visits to Middlebury, VT!
Hiking Near the Middlebury Inn
There is a wide variety of hiking near the Middlebury Inn. From trails that are steeped in Revolutionary War history to short steep hikes that lead you to panoramic views of the Champlain Valley, you will find a lot of great choices to round out your trip to Central Vermont.
Long Trail Green Mountains
No hiking guide would be complete without pointing out the great work the Green Mountain Club/Breadloaf Section does in maintaining the Long Trail, which is just a short drive from Middlebury. The Long Trail Green Mountains is the North – South Vermont trail that shares the southern route with the Appalachian Trail. You can access the Breadloaf Section at the Middlebury Gap on Rt. 125, about 10 miles East of Middlebury. Go to: www.gmcbreadloaf.org.
Cooley Glen/Emily Proctor Trail
For a pleasant hike through the Breadloaf Wilderness Basin, the Emily Proctor Trail is a side trail to the Long Trail and is a Moderate difficulty 7 mile Out and Back trail near Lincoln VT. For Details: Emily Proctor trail
A visit to Mount Independence State Historic Site is a must for any Revolutionary War buff. A series of well maintained hiking trails meander through this beautiful site on the shores of Lake Champlain, just across from Fort Ticonderoga in NY state. Just West of Orwell, the park is about a ½ hour drive from Middlebury. A bonus is the Cable Ferry just north in the town of Shoreham, which takes you across the lake to Fort Ti. Mount Independence Historic Site info, Click HERE
For a great view of the farms of Champlain Valley and Lake Champlain, the hike to the top of Snake Mountain can’t be beat. It’s a Moderate climb Out and Back of about 3 ½ miles and with some lingering for the view at the top, takes about 3-4 hours. The trailhead is at the end of Wilmarth Road which is off of VT Rt 22A near Addison. Parking is 500 yards north of the trailhead on Mountain Rd.
Trail Around Middlebury
Close to home is the Trail Around Middlebury, which is maintained by the Middlebury Area Land Trust. Easy access is available at Battel Woods about 2 miles East of the Inn or where it crosses Rt 30 next to the Ralph Myhres Gold Course at Middlebury College. For a info and a map; www.maltvt.org/TAM
One of the true gems of the region is Moosalamoo, 22,000 acres nestled in the Green Moutain Forest. Access from the north is off of Rt 125 at the Oak Ridge Trail. This meets up with the Mt. Moosalamoo Traill on the north side of Mt. Moosalamoo and then on to the North Branch Trail. Soon you’re at Branbury State Park (more on that later) where you’ll connect with the Leicester Hollow Trail south to Rt 73, the southern terminus just east of Brandon in Goshen. The trail is 19 miles end to end, but can be broken up into smaller segments for some great day hikes. www.moosalamoo.org
Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore
Branbury State Park is on Lake Dunmore, about 5 miles south of Middlebury off of Route 7 on Rt 53. Here you’ll find the beautiful Falls of Lana Trail (1 mile), the Silver lake Trail (1.6 miles) and access to the Mt. Moosalamoo Trail (6.8 mile loop to the campground). A bonus is the beautiful State Park on the shore of Lake Dunmore with beach access and picnic shelters.
As with any choice of hikes, talking to a local can make all the difference. You’ll find someone eager to direct the way in many of our staff here at the Middlebury Inn. Just ask!