Cady Hill Forest is located right in the heart of Stowe Village and offers 11 miles of multi-use trails offering a combination of machine-built and old school singletrack. The trails are a good mix of steep and flowy, and technical and smooth. The multipurpose trails through the pine and maple forest have something for everyone and are great for hiking, biking, running, hunting, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. This 258-acre parcel of land, once made up primarily of pasture and cropland, was conserved in 2012 by the Stowe Land Trust in order to provide perpetual, public outdoor recreational use and to protect biological diversity and important wildlife habitat. Ownership was then transferred to the Town of Stowe, who along with the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, maintain the trails.
What Makes It Great
Cady Hill is easily accessible as it is right off the mountain road in Stowe. Runners will find a variety of terrain once inside the trail network with some of the machine-built trails being smooth and fast, and others adding a much more technical spin with roots, rocks and bridges. Please note that there are a handful of trails designated specifically for mountain biking only, so be sure to pay attention to that. And, note that trails like Flo were made with mountain biking in mind so while smooth, are super banked and not good for running. There are great maps of the area and all the trails are well marked with kiosks at every intersection.
Runners will start on Cady Hill Climb that meanders up right from the beginning and is pretty sustained for just over half a mile. At the top, be sure to head down Green Chair to the overlook, a lift chair hanging alongside the trail where runners can take in the views and take advantage of a great photo opportunity. At this point, the route is up to the runner with Bridgey, Cady Hill Connector, Charlie’s, and a handful of other more technical loops from which to choose. There are a lot of mountain bikers on these trails so be self aware and pay attention to your surroundings.
Cady Hill also provides access to the numerous other trail systems in Stowe, including Trapps Family Lodge, Pipeline and Adams Camp so runners can link trails and make their run as short or as long as wanted. Information on the different trailheads can be found at the Stowe Mountain Bike Club and maps of the areas can be purchased at a variety of local shops.
Who is Going to Love It
Best for intermediate to advanced runners, these trails offer a nice variety of smooth, flowing trails and technical singletrack filled with roots and rocks. The hill workouts are solid. From the parking lot on the trails are full of rolling hills and steeper ascents. For runners looking for cool photo opportunities along the way, the surrounding forest and the Green Chair overlook provide many.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Park in the Cady Hill Forest Parking lot, .8 miles North on Rte 108 (Mountain Road) from Rte 100. Room for 19 cars. Free. Open all hours.