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      Sterling Valley contains 14 trails and 8.8 miles of multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking. It is comprised of 1,530 acres of public conservation land in the northwestern corner of the Town of Stowe in an area known as Sterling Valley.

      The original 1,500-acre forest parcel, formerly owned by IBM Chairman, Thomas Watson, was part of a larger 2,150-acre parcel known locally as “Watson Forest”, acquired by the Town in 1995 as part of the Tricentennial Conservation Project. The land was purchased as a gift of natural legacy for all citizens, and it is intended that its protection will be guaranteed for all future generations. The purchase of the property was part of a larger conservation project that included the entire Watson Forest with 500 acres deeded to the State of Vermont and three 50-acre parcels deeded to neighboring landowner contributors. All five deeds include nearly identical conservation easements held by the Vermont Land Trust providing for permanent public access. An additional 30-acre parcel along Maple Run Lane was donated to the Town of Stowe by Stowe Land Trust in 2008.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Follow Sterling Valley Road from Stagecoach Road (between Stowe and Morrisville) to one of three parking lots - at the Split Rock Trailhead; at the end of Sterling Valley Road, or on Sterling Gorge Road (a left turn just before the end of Sterling Valley Road).
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      Region Details
      • 8
      • 2
      • 8
      • 8
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jul 15, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      52
      Trails Mountain Bike
      27
      Trails E-Bike
      51
      Trails Horse
      2
      Trails Hike
      34
      Trails Trail Running
      34
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      1
      Trails Snowmobile
      5
      Trails Snowshoe
      28
      Trails Downhill Ski
      1
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      26
      Trails Nordic Ski
      28
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent
      5,019 ft
      Total Vertical
      2,445 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      3,223 ft
      Reports
      4,670
      Photos
      10
      Ridden Counter
      3,988

      Photos of Sterling Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Split Rock
      135 |
      May 15, 2020 @ 11:11pm
      May 15, 2020
      trail: Callagy's
      625 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 7:10pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      479 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:46pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      465 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      439 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      517 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:45pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Callagy's
      405 |
      Sep 22, 2018 @ 6:34pm
      Sep 22, 2018
      trail: Maple Run
      439 |
      Mar 1, 2010 @ 3:13pm
      Mar 1, 2010

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      May 21, 2024 @ 4:48am
      May 21, 2024

      Recent Comments

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      SellickstrailPeak-A-View AccessExtremely muddy
      Aug 27, 2023 @ 3:46pm
      Aug 27, 2023
      SellickstrailLauren's LoopMuddy 8/27
      Aug 27, 2023 @ 3:44pm
      Aug 27, 2023
      bpaltieltrailCatamount Trail Billings to Sterling RunDefinitely more of a nordic trail than a...
      Oct 13, 2020 @ 6:54am
      Oct 13, 2020
      JoshMattatrailCallagy'sanother frustrating no flow trail from SMBC....
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 3:14pm
      Aug 24, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Mount Mansfield State Forest 1 21.5 km
      Edson Hill2.1 km
      Adams Camp 4 6 14 km
      Planned Trails4.6 km
      Trapp Family Lodge & Outdoor Center 3 7 24.8 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2715 miles1,804 ft6 miles1,001 ft
      #6,613#2,82794,6702951
      E-Bike5140 miles4,921 ft14 miles2,444 ft
      #2,897#6721,35713
      Horse21 mile377 ft4,551 ft381 ft
      #1,8314,546
      Hike3423 miles3,911 ft10 miles2,034 ft
      #5,644#2,66114,670274
      Trail Running3423 miles3,911 ft10 miles2,034 ft
      #5,651#2,6604,670236
      ATV/ORV/OHV11,234 ft75 ft
      610
      Snowmobile54 miles207 ft1 mile669 ft
      #833,937
      Snowshoe2826 miles3,136 ft8 miles2,444 ft
      #443#2533,9396
      Downhill Ski11,234 ft75 ft
      13
      Backcountry Ski2623 miles2,812 ft7 miles2,444 ft
      #83#503,938188
      Nordic Ski2826 miles3,012 ft8 miles2,444 ft
      #276#1743,93895
      • By brenthillier NSMBA TRAILFORKS & contributors
      • Admins: STP, STP, StoweNordic, cbrunner9, STP, STP
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