Sunset Rock

Walk from Stowe's Main Street to a wooded park overlooking the village.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
2 km
Ascent
99 m
Descent
99 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
217 m
High Point
316 m
Gradient
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Description

Sunset Rock is a forest park near the town center of Stowe. You can park at the shops and restaurants on Main Street, then walk into the woods and enjoy a leisurely stroll to a scenic view.

The trail begins at the end of Sunset Ave, then angles gently uphill through a lush forest, with intermittent views of the town through the canopy. The path is well marked and well maintained. Once you reach the top of the hill, you’ll find a mowed field with a picnic table and logs to sit on––an idyllic spot for a picnic on a sunny day.

Gazing over surrounding treetops, you’ll see a horizon of mountains that includes Mount Mansfield––the highest mountain in Vermont. Look closely and you’ll notice how it resembles a human face. Can you make out the Forehead, the Nose, the Chin, and the Adam’s Apple? These are peaks on Mount Mansfield that are named for facial features.

After taking in the view, return the way you came to go back into town. Peruse the shops and galleries if you still have energy, or sit back and enjoy a post-hike beverage at one of the restaurant bars.

Note that Sunset Rock has an alternate entrance if you don’t want to walk from Main Street. You can instead drive to Taber Hill Road and look for the sign for Sunset Rock. Turn onto a side road, and you’ll soon come to a small parking lot. This makes a shorter hike than starting from the village.

Sources: https://www.stowerec.org/parks-facilities/parks/sunset-rock/ https://www.stowelandtrust.org/conserved/properties/sunsetrock/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be 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

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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