Green Mountain Byway
Welcome to the Green Mountain Byway
The Green Mountain Byway runs through the towns of Waterbury and Stowe, between the spine of the northern Green Mountains to the west and the peaks of the Worcester Range to the east. Traveling along the byway provides stunning views of open meadows, farmlands and forests, all with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Historic homes, farmsteads, villages and mill sites are accessible all along the route as well as the area’s most prominent natural feature, Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak.
The Green Mountain Byway provides four-season access to Vermont’s premier outdoor recreation region with a wide variety of recreational opportunities for all interests and ability levels. These include world-class downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, hiking, paddling, mountain biking and road biking to name a few. The corridor contains an abundance of public land including three state parks: Little River, Smugglers Notch, and Waterbury Center, two state forests: Mount Mansfield and CC Putnam, and popular nature areas Moss Glen Falls, Bingham Falls, and Stowe’s town-owned Sterling Forest, Cady Hill Forest, Mayo Farm, and Stowe Recreation Path. Stop by the Green Mountain Club, Stowe's Visitor's Center, and Waterbury Information Booth for more recreation ideas. To view trail guides included in the Green Mountain Byway brochure, click here.
Arts and Culture
An extraordinary range of attractions, events and cultural, historic sites can be found along the byway. These include some of the most popular visitor destinations in the state, such as the Waterbury Railroad Station and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Green Mt. Club Visitors Center, Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe Recreation Path and Vermont Ski Museum. The area contains over a dozen art galleries and hosts over 100 annual events including the Stowe Antique Car show, the Stowe Garden Festival, the British Invasion and Waterbury’s Stowe Street Art Festival and annual sunflower-themed “Hunt for Sunzilla”.
The byway also boasts a rich array of opportunities in the performing arts. Local attractions such as the Waterbury Festival Players, Stowe Theater Guild, Stowe Performing Arts, and the Stowe Summer Music Festival bring an assorted mix of music, theater, and dance to the area. Free outdoor concerts at the Stowe Free Library and at Rusty Parker Park in Waterbury are sponsored weekly throughout the summer.