The Great Outdoors

Explore the Outdoors

in Beautiful Vermont

Fun activities, fall foliage, and much more await you in the gorgeous state of Vermont. Stay with us at the Trapp Family Lodge and be near all the best outdoor activities and attractions Stowe has to offer, including hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. Whether you prefer to stroll through lovely New England landscapes viewing flora and fauna, or favor adrenaline-pumping snowboarding and skiing action, you’ll love the great outdoors in Stowe, Vermont. Of course, if you don’t feel like leaving the resort, you’ll have access to plenty of outdoor fun by just stepping outside your room.

The Great Outdoors for Every Season

For all four seasons, the area surrounding Trapp Family Lodge offers breathtaking scenery and outdoor adventures. While everything is green and flowery in the spring and summer, in the fall, the gorgeous Vermont fall foliage sets a brilliant backdrop for outdoor activities. When the snow begins to fall, Stowe is transformed into a dazzling winter playground. There is an array of activities available in every season.

Hiking, Biking, & Horseback Riding

The spring, summer, and fall offer excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Explore trails at Spruce Peak Mountain, Mount Mansfield State Forest, Smuggler’s Notch, and several other destinations, all of which are just minutes from our resort.

Go hiking along trails like Pinnacle Trail, which wends its way along a shaded path to a lovely view at the top. Popular mountain biking trails include Cotton Brooke and Stowe’s award-winning Recreation Path.

For those who prefer adventures in the saddle, Stowe offers lovely areas to explore on horseback. Both Edson Hill Manor and the Equestrian Center at Topnotch Resort & Spa offer guided trail rides around pretty scenery.

Water Activities

Glide through Stowe’s many lakes and rivers in a canoe or kayak. Lake Elmore, the Green River Reservoir, and Lamoille and Winooski Rivers are easy drives from Trapp Family Lodge and offer excellent boating experiences as well as exceptional views of Vermont mountainscapes. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Umiak Outdoor Outfitters, Bert’s Boats, and Pinnacle Ski & Sports.

If you prefer spending the day reeling in big ones, there is plenty of fishing to be had in the area. Operations like Catamount Fishing Adventures and The Fly Rod Shop can get you outfitted and guide you to the best spots. In the winter, you can also try your hand at ice fishing.

Stowe in the Snow

In the winter, Stowe becomes a snowy wonderland, with activities like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and ice-skating to entertain visitors. You can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sleigh rides right here at Trapp Family Lodge, though we recommend visiting Stowe Mountain Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

If snowmobiling is something you crave, Stowe Snowmobile Tours will get you set up with a vehicle. If you want to give dogsledding a whirl, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers experienced "mushers" and handsome teams of Siberian huskies that will give your family a ride they’ll never forget. For ice-skating, head to the Jackson Arena, where you can rent skates and glide around the rink.