Mill Trail

Stowe

Walk to a historic cabin in the woods beside a river.

Hiking Easy

Distance
663 m
Ascent
42 m
Descent
42 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
324 m
High Point
367 m
Gradient
17˚
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Mill Trail Map

Description

Mill Trail gives a nice mix of nature and history in a very short and easy hike, and there are even swimming holes to enjoy on a hot day. You’ll pass through a peaceful creekside hemlock forest and get a glimpse of what life in Vermont’s mountains was like 100 years ago.

A wide and mostly flat path through the woods leads to an old wooden cabin and a cluster of other structures. You can find pits that were once cellars for storage and the site of a water mill by the creek. The cabin was built as accommodations for Stowe’s early ski tourists in the 1930s, but the cellars and the mill are even older relics, dating from the 1800s.

Parking is limited at the trailhead on Notchbrook Road. If it’s full, you can get to Mill Trail from Bingham Falls instead, but the hike is farther and you’ll have to rock-hop or wade across the creek.

Sources: https://www.stowelandtrust.org/conserved/properties/milltrail/

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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