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“Great swimming holes!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mad River

Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Waitsfield
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Des Moines, Iowa
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136 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great swimming holes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

I felt like a 10 year old again splashing and swimming in the river. Cool and clear water. The Bobbin has a nice deep area to swim. If you stay at Wilder Farm Inn, you can borrow their tubes. Could have spent more time just exploring local swimming holes!

Visited August 2012
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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous vacation spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

We stayed in Waitsfield at the Wilder Farm Inn and enjoyed stand-up paddling on Blueberry Lake, lunch at the Warren General Store, hiking and jogging on the local trails, swimming in the Mad River, seeing beautiful perennials at the Von Trapp Greenhouses, getting massages at the Waitsfield Farmers' Market. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Visited June 2012
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Burlington, Vermont
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Natural Wonders”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

If you are spending some time in Waitsfield VT this summer you won't be disappointed. Be sure to check out a few of the many beautiful swimming holes. Lareau SWimming hole is a great place to start. Wonderful grassy area for picnicing and a nice deep swimming hole. Super spot for easy rock diving and a hidden waterfall! Easy parking and good for the whole family. Our new favorite is Warren Falls just a short drive further on route 100. Several deep blue swimming holes, cliffs for jumping, rock slides and amazing beauty. Finish the trip with American Flatbread Pizza.

Visited July 2011
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Burlington, Vermont
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“Swim, Kayak, Canoe, Tubing, Recreation Path, etc.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

The mad river is host to numerous activities. Many people canoe and kayak in various spots along the river. Tubing is another favorite past-time. For those coming from out of state, you can rent tubes at Clearwater sports in Waitsfield Village. There are numerous spots along the recreation path and elsewhere to get yourself started on your rubing journey. There are many swimming holes both along the recreation path and in other lesser known areas. For those visiting the area, the recreation path is a good base for most of your water activities. The recreation path is not a paved path as many people are lead to believe by. It is a dirt and grass path that winds its way through farm fields and follows the river. If you visit the Mad River Path website you will see maps that will lead you to parking areas and shows the layout of the path. This path is great for both walking and biking. Many people walk their dogs on the path. Dogs must be on leash and must be cleaned up after. There are only trash cans in the parking lots so unfortunately that means you may have to carry the bag for quite aways before disposing of it.

Overall, the Mad River and the Mad River Path provide a plethora of outdoor activities.
If you are confused about where to park or where the best places to go are, just stop and ask a local. I can't guarantee you will get the same answer from everyone, but it is good insider information. There is also a place to stop for more official visitor information in the Village of Waitsfield. Enjoy!

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