The Trapp Family Lodge is located in Stowe and was the original home of the Von Trapp family, of Sound of Music fame. Today, Trapps, as it is referred to by locals, is a mountain resort still run by members of the Von Trapp family. It offers a variety of outdoor activities, including Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, disc golf and running on its 2,500 acres of land in the middle of Vermont’s Green Mountains.
What Makes It Great
This is a pay-to-play area that offers six miles of intermediate to expert singletrack and 20 miles of beginner to advanced doubletrack, old working roads once used for sap production and farm work. The doubletrack trails were originally designed for travel by horse and wagon or sleigh and therefore sit at about eight to 10 feet wide. The terrain is a mix of wide rolling hills for beginners on doubletrack trails like Sleigh, to more technical, climbs with switchbacks as found on the newest trail Growler. Luce Hill is the three-mile, local favorite which winds and twists its way through the forest. Regardless of skill level, there is a trail that is suitable. The running trails are usually open in early to mid May (weather dependent) and stay open through October.
Trapps is a great spot to go out and enjoy a beautiful run through open fields and pastures, and along wooded trails. Because of the varied terrain there are trails here to suit every ability from the beginner to the more accomplished runner. The rolling hills of the doubletrack in the pasture, and the twists, turns and flow of the singletrack in the trees keep runners smiling. The other benefit of these trails is that they all have a nice line of sight so that runners can see approaching mountain bikes.
The views from around the Trapps property are, hands down, some of the best in the area. There are panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and stunning views of the Vermont countryside from all over the trails. The fall foliage season is not to be missed from here.
If runners are looking for a longer run or something with a more intense hill workout, they can connect to the rest of the Stowe area trails, including Adams Camp, Cady Hill and Pipeline, from the Trapps trails.
Last, but not least, the Trapp Lager Brewery is right on-site providing European Lagers like their Golden Helles or Bohemian Pilsner for a nice post-run brew.
Trapps hosts a variety of events to help bring runners in, including two off-road ultra races over the summer, and their Wednesday night trail running series for locals and guests.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners just getting into trail running or those with some experience under their belts will find these trails provide just what they are looking for in a run. This trail network was created to give users the ability to gradually proceed from one level to the next always leaving an opportunity to step up the game.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Park at the Trapp Family Lodge at the Outdoor Center. Parking is free, but there is a $10 day pass required to use the trails.