Love the outdoors? Middlebury is a great home base for recreation enthusiasts of every level and interest, including hiking, biking, downhill and Nordic skiing, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. There’s something to suit every interest, ability and season in the greater Middlebury area.
Hiking, Walking & Running
The Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), a footpath over 18 miles long, encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks. Hikers also enjoy the diverse terrain of the 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest and Vermont’s famous Long Trail. 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. Or, a short drive away, explore Moosalamoo’s cliffs, mountain lakes, streams, diversity of plants, and animals, located between Route 125 and Route 73 within the Green Mountain National Forest. The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, located in neighboring Ripton, commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry with several of his famous poems mounted along the trail in the woods and fields.
Addison County has been credited as having 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 several other routes starting nearby. The Vermont Gran Fondo invites cyclists from near and far to traverse four mountain gaps, including Middlebury Gap, through the picturesque Green Mountains.
One of the nearby hidden gems is a world-class mountain biking trail within the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. The Chandler Ridge/Leicester Hollow Loop offers 13+ miles of challenging single track and beautiful views. Download Moosalamoo’s trail map.
Rikert Nordic Center offers fat tire biking in the winter and there are also options for adaptive cyclists on Rikert’s trail network.
Skiing & Boarding
Fresh tracks on power days in the afternoon? It’s possible at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl where all day ticket prices are just $35 per day, mid-week. The third-oldest ski resort in Vermont, with all of its original charm, is a family-friendly local treasure. And, just down the road, the Rikert Nordic Center offers 42km of trails for Nordic skiing with state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment to provide world class conditions.
Other 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. Grab your clubs and take in a round of golf at Ralph Myhre Golf Course, an 18-hole public course owned and operated by Middlebury College.
In the winter months, snowmobilers enjoy miles of VAST trails and all of the local walking trails can also be used for snowshoeing.
Middlebury offers indoor recreation opportunities as well! Check out Middlebury Indoor Tennis, an indoor tennis facility open to the public with year-round programs and services for all ages, as well as the two local fitness centers Vermont Sun and Middlebury Fitness, both offering a variety of classes and equipment.