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Stowe Rides

Stowe, VT is located in the northern Green Mountains. There is good riding in all directions. The rides below are listed according to the regions names in blue on the map. Be sure to click on the many red links in the descriptions for more information

 

Read this short document about how to easily download rides to your Garmin GPS: Link

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Adirondacks

The Green Mountains of Vermont, the Adirondack Mountains of New York, and the Lake Champlain area are great places to ride. Route 17 winds through the Appalachian Gap and runs to Lake Champlain. It is one of Vermont's great roads. Tracy Road, Ensign Pond Rd, Lincoln Pond Rd, and Hurricaine Rd are great Adirondack twisties. Climb up Route 73 into the Adirondacks to visit the Olympic sites near Lake Placid. Route 86 and Route 9N are beautiful runs past alpine rivers.

Ride - (Ride Report) This great 223 mile ride combines an Appalachian Gap run on Vermont Route 17 with some of the best twisty roads in the Adirondacks. Visit historic Crown Point. Highlights include Tracy Road, Ensign Pond Road, and, Lincoln Pond Road. Enjoy a scenic 20 minute ferry crossing ($6.75) from Essex to Charlotte (ferry schedule - leaves NY every 1/2 hour until 5:30pm, hourly from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm).

Lunch is at the Forty Six Restaurant in Keene. (approx 6 hours and 30 minutes without stops.)

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Vermont Gaps

The Vermont Gaps are some of the prettiest mountain passes in the Northeast. They also have some great twisty roads. Route 17, Route 125, Route 73, Lincoln Gap Road, and Camp Brook Road/Bethel Mountain Road are sure to put a smile on your face. Throw in Route 100, Moss Glen Falls, and Texas Falls and you have the makings of a superb day of riding,

Ride - (Ride Report) This 213 mile ride is twisty and exciting. Ride Vermont's best Gap roads. Route 17, Route 125, Route 73, Lincoln Gap Road, and Camp Brook Road/Bethel Mountain Road are all part of this ride. Route 17 and Lincoln Gap Road are ridden in both directions. *** Warning - Lincoln Gap Road is steep in parts and has 2 sections of hard-pack dirt***

Lunch at Tozier's Restaurant (review) in Bethel. (approx 5 hours without stops.)

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Lake Champlain & the Islands

Lake Champlain and the Islands provide a perfect backdrop for a fine day of riding. Tour the scenic Islands and then ride through some gorgeous rolling farms.

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 177 mile ride tours the Lake Champlain Islands with a stop at the Champlain Statue at St. Anne's Shrine. Ride through pretty farm country on North Road and South Road before taking Route 108 through Smuggler's Notch to Stowe. (approx 4 1/2 hours without stops.)

Lunch - Get sandwiches at Hero's Welcome (review) and eat at the picnic tables overlooking the Lake at St. Anne's Shrine (restrooms).

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Northeast Kingdom

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is considered by some to be the last bastion of "Old Vermont." This lightly traveled corner of the State has lots of wilderness and moose.

 

Ride #1 - (Ride Report) - This 258 mile ride begins on Route 16 to Caspian Lake and Willey's General Store in Greensboro. Continue past Crystal Lake to Route 5A south and beautiful Lake Willoughby. Visit the Summit of Burke Mountain. Skirt St. Johnsbury before riding twisty and scenic Route 102 along the Connecticut River. Ride Route 114 along the Canadian border Route 105 and Route 111 past Island Pond and Lake Seymour before taking Route 14 back toward Stowe. (approx 6 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch is at The Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook, NH.

 

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Ride #2 - This 227 mile ride is very similar to ride 1 above. Instead of continuing north on VT 102 to the Canadian border, this ride turns west on Route 105 and Route 111 to lunch in Island Pond. (approx 5 1/2 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch is at K.T. Rays on the Pond (review) in Island Pond.

 

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Vermont Piedmont

Vermont's Piedmont Region is an area of rolling hills, forests, and farms. A day in the Piedmont is sure to bring a smile to your face.

 

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 207 mile ride follows Route 12 south to Montpelier and then beautiful Route 110 south to South Royalton. Next ride twisty route 132 and routes 113 & 244 along Lake Fairlee to the Connecticut River. Take 25 and 302 to West Groton and then ride twisty route 232 north to Route 2. Finish with Route 215 past Cabot Farm and then Route 15 and Route 100 back to Stowe.

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Lunch is at Colatina Exit (review) in Bradford or at Worthy Burger (review) or Eaton's Sugar House (review) in South Royalton. (approx. 5 hours without stops.)

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Jay Peak Loop & Powder Spring

The Jay Peak Look is a great curvy rides along the Canadian border, Powder Spring Road has great curves and scenery.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) This 238 mile ride begins with a thrilling run through Smuggler's Notch. Continue north on VT 108 toward the Canadian border and then ride the great Jay Peak Loop. Turn south on VT 14 and enjoy the curves along Lake Eligo and Hardwick Lake. Continue south for a stop at Cabot Creamery before riding one of Vermont's best curvy roads - Route 232.

 

Continue south on curvy and scenic Powder Spring Road before turning north on VT 25 and heading for lunch in Barre. Finish the ride by taking VT 12 north past Elmore Lake and then turning south on VT 100 for the hotel.

 

Lunch is at Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen (Review) in Barre. (approx. 6 hours without stops.)

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer Garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Floating Bridge

The roads around Vermont's Floating Bridge are some of the prettiest in Vermont.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) This 225 mile ride begins with a pretty ride south on famous Vermont Route 100. Turn east on twisty Camp Brook Road and cross the Gap over to Route 12. Follow Route 12 north through Allis State Park and then south on Route 14 through Ainsworth State Park to the floating bridge. Ride south to Lunch in Royalton and then north on pretty, rural route 110. Continue on Routes 113, 25, and 302 to spectacular Vermont Route 232 through Groton State Forest. Ride VT 14 north back to Stowe.

 

Lunch is at Eaton's Sugar House (review) or Worthy Burger (review) in South Royalton. (approx. 5 1/2 hours without stops.)

 

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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New Hampshire Piedmont

New Hampshire's Piedmont affords great views of both the Connecticut River Valley and the White Mountains. An added bonus is that it also has 2 great places to eat: Polly's Pancake Parlor (try the pancakes and bacon!) and the P&H Truck Stop (try the pie).

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) This 211 mile ride begins with Route 215 south to the Cabot Cheese Visitor's Center. Continue south on twisty route 232. Next, ride south on rural Powder Spring Road to Route 25 in Bradford, VT. Cross over into New Hampshire and take Routes 10, 302, and 117 north along the Connecticut River and east to Polly's Pancake Parlor. After awesome pancakes and bacon, travel north to Littleton and then follow beautiful NH Route 135 south along the Connecticut River. Take Route 302 west to the P&H Truck Stop and grab a piece of pie! Follow gorgeous Peachem Road north to Danville and then Route 15 west back toward Stowe. (approx 6 1/2 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch is at to Polly's Pancake Parlor (review) in Sugar Hill.

 

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Route 100 & Southern Twists

Vermont Route 100 is a motorcycling classic with great farm views. Tyson Road/Kingdom Road, Vermont Route 131, and Vermont Route 140 are some of the best riding in the Green Mountain State.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) This 245 mile ride covers the best part of Vermont Route 100 from Waitsfield down to Plymouth. Next come 3 of the best twisty and scenic roads in Vermont in rapid succession. Tyson Road/Kingdom Road is a great curvy BONE (Best Of the NorthEast) Road that is a blast to ride. Vermont Route 131 is a scenic byway that follows the curves of the Black River. Vermont Route 140 is one of the best curvy roads in the Northeast. It climbs and twists 25 miles through the Green Mountains to Poultney. Stop for lunch in Poultney and then follow Routes 30, 73, 53, and 116 north along the western border of the Green Mountains. Finish with a thrilling ride over the Appalachian Gap on Vermont Route 17 and then Route 100 back to Stowe. (approx 6 1/2 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch is at the Trolley Stop (review) in Poultney, VT.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.

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Vive Quebec

The language, the food, and the culture are very different just over the border. Visit southern Quebec and Lake Memphremagog. Bring your passport and some Canadian currency.

 

 

Ride - (Ride Report) - This 203 mile ride visits southern Quebec (bring your passport.) The ride starts with a run over Smuggler's Notch on VT Route 108. Continue on Routes 109, 118, and 105 to the Shell Mart in Enosburg Falls. Cross the border at Franklin at then turn east and follow the border. We will follow the great route across Southern Quebec that was described in Ken Aiken's great RIDER article "Riding the 'Other Vermont': Quebec by Motorcycle."

 

Turn north and pass Sutton on the way to lunch in Magog. Follow the east shore of Lake Memphremagog and cross the border at Derby Line. Ride through Newport and stop at the Shattuck Hill Scenic View (photo). Continue west on Route 105 and then south on Route 100 back to Stowe. (approx 5 hours without stops.)

 

Lunch is at Microbrasserie La Memphre (review) in Magog, QC.

GPX files are for older Garmin GPS that do not use Trip Planner like the Zumo 665/660, Nav V, and the Zumo 550. GPX (Shaping) files are better for newer garmin devices like the Zumo 595/590, Nav VI, and the Zumo 396/395 that are limited in the number of waypoints they can use. GoogleMap is a classic Google Map that you can follow on your phone. Custom Map is a customized Google Map with more detail. Turn-By-Turn is a list of directions for those that prefer paper maps.