Summer is right around the corner and the Mad River Valley has tons to offer in the warmer months. It’s honestly my favorite time to experience the nature of the Valley. It becomes like a vibrant oasis in the woods filled with all kinds of wildlife. There’s tons to explore from a myriad of hiking and biking trails, swimming spots, to art and community events!
Today we’ve compiled our goals for summer in the ultimate Mad River Valley Bucket List. From tried and true activities we love to do every year, to some new adventures to go on. These are perfect ideas to add to your trip itineraries in the coming months, or maybe as a local to challenge yourself and complete them all!
Float in a tube down the Mad River
Grab a tube (a sturdy one at that) and float along the chilly and scenic Mad River from The Lareau Park to the iconic Waitsfield Covered Bridge.
Hike the Long Trail Gap to Gap
Take the 11.6 mile trek along the Long Trail covering the Summit of Mount Abraham, Lincoln Peak, Mt. Ellen, General Stark Mountain, and finishing up at the Appalachian Gap.
Try every creemee flavor at Canteen Creemee Co.
Try the exciting, and frequently rotating, flavors of creemees at Canteen including adventurous ones like sweet corn and basil twist.
Watch the famous Warren 4th of July Parade
Gather in Warren Village for the bold spectacle of the 74th Annual 4th of July Parade and all the activities that come with the celebration.
Visit Moss Glens Falls in Granville
View the 50 ft. waterfall after a short 0.1 mile walk to observation deck and feel the cool mist on a hot summer day.
Take a glider ride at Sugarbush Soaring
Take in the scenic views of the Mad River Valley, Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and more from above with a glider ride.
Visit the weekly Roundup on the River
Hosted by The Sweet Spot, enjoy live music, food, cocktails and community with the view of the Mad River every week in the summer.
Go paddle boarding on Blueberry Lake
Take a paddleboard out for a relaxing float across Blueberry Lake in Warren. Bonus points if it’s at sunset!
Watch a bike race
Watch the famous 4-day Green Mountain Stage Race or the Eastern States Cup at Sugarbush.
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