Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road

Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road

Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Some things that none of these reviews are saying:
1) The drive up at the end has very steep drops. They allow VERY wide extra large Pickup Trucks up there which are typically driven by fairly disagreeable people. If one is coming down and you're going up in an SUV or minivan, have them stay on the outside and you go on the inside. One slip and you could have a pretty unpleasant experience.

2) The initial hike to the nose (I think) is pretty basic. However, the hike up to the chin is difficult. Do not do it with children under 10. Do not go if you a once-a-year hiker.

3) You need the right shoes for hiking

4) If there's rain or worse, you should go in a 4 wheel or All Wheel Drive vehicle

5) If you're in a mixed group, the easy hike will take about 45 mins round trip, and the long hike will take 3 hours round trip. The easy group will have to wait for 2 hours, so they should be prepared
Written September 3, 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I will get this out of the way. 55 bucks for a car and 3 adults was pricey. If you have a sub crossover ext you will be fine driving up to the parking lot. Get there early as we drove right up. Portable toilets were a little messy but had toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The people working at the welcome center and top of the mountain were great. The short walk to the first clearing was great. To be honest, it is a workout to get to the top but well worth it. You have to climb some pretty big boulders in one area and need a little patience which others in this area. I saw a lot of people with dogs so I guess they can make it as well
Written July 20, 2020
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Arankaglenn
Chesapeake, VA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Great drive and hike to the top of Mount Mansfield! It did cost $51.00 for my spouse and I to drive up the 4.5 mile road. It is quite expensive, but the views were worth it if you also do the hike from Parking Lot A (the highest lot you can park in) to the summit. The hike probably took about 20 minutes one way.

A couple of things to notes. First, the drive up is on rough roads. We went 15mph up and down. It does get steep in some areas. Make sure your car can climb hill and has good brakes for the descent.
Written June 13, 2024
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twainmark
Boston area
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The auto road provides access to some of Vermont's best hiking terrain. Much of the ridge from the auto road parking just below the Nose across to the summit (Chin) of Mt. Mansfield is in the open and very scenic. We had a very nice day, with lengthy views to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. You can easily decide to do as much or as little of the ridge as you want, just turning around and returning to the parking area when you've had your fill. The person working at the visitor center at the top parking lot was very helpful in trail selection. Make sure to use the porta-potties in the parking lot before starting your hike, since restroom opportunities are not available on the open ridge. The auto road itself has some nice views, and can be a little nerve-wracking with blind corners or narrow sections, but it's less exposed than the auto road on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.
Written September 18, 2021
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BlueRidgeTourist
Charlottesville, VA
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Recommend arriving early as the parking lot gets crowded. Pay attention to the weather, as clouds can block visibility. You will receive a brief set of instructions, e.g., cars ascending must yield to cars descending. The road is gravel, but generally very good condition. It has a few hairpin turns where you cannot see around the corner, but did not find the road to inspire any great fear of heights. Go slow and enjoy the views. Once at the top, a quick 15 minute walk provides near 360 view. You can continue on the trail to the top of Mt. Mansfield, which requires another 1-2 hours. Use low gear for descending.
Written August 20, 2021
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C L
Zionsville, PA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I never felt remotely unsafe driving even when another vehicle passed us. The porta potties in the parking lot leave something to be desired, but don’t they all, haha. We should have used the public restrooms before driving up the mountain. The hike from the parking lot to the first viewing area was doable and the planks helped with some of the marshy parts. Knee issues prevented me from submitting, but the views where we turned around, were still beautiful. Although we checked the weather prior to going, it was still foggy on the way up, but fortunately cleared up on the way down. A good website to check the weather at various elevations is: mountain-forecast.com.
Written September 14, 2021
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Brenda
Robbinsville, NJ
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We took the drive up Toll Road (off of Mountain Road, at the bottom of the mountain) and made it to the top. While the drive gave me a panic attach (SUPER NARROW - No Ledge), the hiking trail and view from the top is the absolute best. I'd do it over and over again. Although, I may not do the drive up in a large car OR during peak season. The road is barely narrow enough to let a car coming from the opposite side through. And, people driving down have the right of way. Meaning that you have to bare to the right, without driving off the mountain, to let the car coming down through. But again, when you get to the top, it just makes it all worth it. The hike is about 3 miles to the very peak and it's safe enough for young children (with parent supervision). My 10 year old LOVED it.
Make sure to wear hiking shoes or shoes with a good enough grip to prevent slipping. At times some of the rocks are wet and make it easy to slip and fall (not fall off the mountain - just fall and hit yourself on the rocks or twist an ankle).
Written September 6, 2020
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TravlVT
Stowe, VT
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Let me lead by saying if your car is at all wonky, skip this drive. The staff at the bottom of the trip where you buy the tickets are guilty of the biggest understatement of the decade when they warn of "unimproved dirt road" most of the 4 mile trip. More like slightly better than a donkey path in spots and sketchy to mildly puckering elsewhere. That only holds for the top maybe 1/4 of the trip, the rest is fine. After saying that, wow. What a drive and view. Dress warmer than you think you should because the wind is pretty much ripping at the top 365 days a year and even in the summer it's not delightful. The real vista is about a 10 to 15 minute hike from the top parking lot on a little path, crazy view of Champlain and the entire western part of VT. Not a lazy afternoon trip but 100% worth the drive.
Written October 3, 2022
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were very disappointed with this road. After the first 1/4 miles paved road comes the nightmare. The quality of the road is something we experienced nowhere else in Vermont. I mean come on, this is $30+ experience, they should make a better road! We were worrying about being able to get to the top all the way up. And more on the way down.
They should close this road after a heavy rain, we felt really unsafe driving on it. Nobody is checking on the drivers` speed and behavior.
We found other beautiful scenic roads in Vermont, where we did not need to wait or pay for.
Written October 8, 2021
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Natallia39
Safety Harbor, FL
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Easy drive. Your drive on a green ski slope all the way up surrounded by woods. It’s not scary or dangerous at all!! The price is 29$ for car and a driver, passengers 11$. Kids under 4 are free. Pricy! There are no picnic tables at the top . The hike at the top to the chin is 1.4 miles one way . The first part is easy. We did it with a 5 month old. When we got to the big rocks to climb we turned around . A little dangerous . It’s windy and chilly at the top. If you can’t make it to the too, you can walk 5 min too see 360 degree view! And you hike through Alpine tundra! I think it’s worth the price. You won’t get this view on any other hikes in VT!!
Written June 14, 2022
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