Love the outdoors? There’s a wide variety of recreational activities for all seasons in Middlebury and the surrounding areas.
Middlebury is a great home base for outdoor enthusiasts of every level and interest, including hiking, biking, downhill and Nordic skiing, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. When you know how to embrace the different seasons that Vermont dishes out, there’s no limit to the fun you can have here.
The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) is a 16-mile footpath that encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks. Hikers will also enjoy the diverse terrain of the 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest and Vermont’s famous Long Trail, managed by the Green Mountain Club. The Long Trail traverses Vermont’s highest peaks over the entire length of the state, and is renowned for being America’s first long-distance hiking trail. It is accessed by side trails close to Middlebury.
Whether you prefer road biking or mountain biking, Vermont’s cycling culture is alive with energy. Addison County has been credited with the best biking in New England, featuring plenty of back roads with beautiful vistas as well as challenging mountain gaps. Five Lake Champlain Bikeways routes pass right through Middlebury, with others beginning nearby.
Skiing & Boarding
There are many options for skiing near Middlebury, and even in Middlebury. The Rikert Nordic Center offers 42 km of prepared cross country trails, with the most extensive snowmaking system of its type to ensure the best snow coverage possible. The expansive Mooslamoo National Recreation Area and Catamount Trail offer unlimited options in winter, and downhill skiiers will enjoy the family-friendly experience of skiing at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. While most Vermonters travel to nearby, or not-so-nearby, mountain towns, Middlebury residents enjoy the convenience of great skiing and snowboarding right in their own backyard.
Outdoor Sports & Activities
Vermont’s numerous lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks conceal many favorite fishing holes, and give kayakers and canoers plenty of waterways to explore. Locals and visitors alike take advantage of the area’s beautiful forests to camp, rock climb, watch for birds and other animals, or just enjoy the peacefulness of nature.