You will find some of the best hiking trails in Southern Vermont. We have local trail networks, hikes through the Green Mountain National Forest (practically our backyard!) and the Appalachian Trail not too far away.
For more trail descriptions, read our Local Hikes guide.
The best time of year for kayaking in Southern Vermont is from June to October when the weather is warm and fair. Most kayak companies offer a safety class before beginning the activity and ask participants to pack light, quick-drying clothes, a warm layer like a windbreaker or jacket, sun screen and other sun protection accessories like a hat and sunglasses as well as water-proof shoes, snacks and bottled drinks. Zoar Outdoor in Wilmington also offers SUP and bike rentals.
The Mountain Biking Capital of the East, nearby Mount Snow area offers terrific mountain biking with over 45 miles of mountain bike terrain consisting of single-track, old town roads and ski trails.
On road and off, Southern Vermont gives all bikers some of the most challenging terrain to tackle. In the Green Mountains, the difficulty of the inclines and speedways can be extreme. From Dover and Wilmington, you are central to Brattleboro, Bennington, Manchester and Stratton trails. For more information, go to greenmountainvermont.com
There are number of nearby stables to ride at:
- Flame Stables in nearby Wilmington has Western-style horseback riding. Trail rides and pony rides year round. Tel: 802 464 8329
- Wilmington Horse Farm ATV tours, Horseback riding – English or Western styles. Lessons available. Ride on 120 scenic acres. Tel: 802-368-2664
- Winchester Stables located on the banks of the West River is a full service equestrian facility providing boarding, training, for riding and driving horses. Come visit and see for yourself. Tel: 802 365 9434
- Mountain View Stable Tel: 802 464 2462
Ski & Ride
Our main mountain is Mount Snow, just 1/4 mile from the Kitzhof. You can drive or take the free MOOver shuttle bus directly to the base and ticket area. Stratton is just 35 minutes away. The Kitzhof can order Mount Snow ski tickets provided you have given us 72 hours advance notice.. Stratton tickets must be puchased directly from the mountain.
The Kitzhof Inn is just two minutes from Mount Snow resort, which has four mountain areas and offers a variety of terrain suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts. It boasts a two-mile-long novice trail from the summit, 100-yard-wide intermediate trails and an expert North Face that includes Ripcord, one the the steepest trails in New England. Did you know that some folks are happy to just hang out? There you can find everything you need – from tubing to equipment rentals to a comfortable bench with superb mountain views. They even have a Waffle Cabin that serves fresh, hot, yummy waffles. See for yourself! Vermont’s only all-park mountain face, Carinthia at Mount Snow, is about to get a major makeover.
The Kitzhof Inn is within 35 minutes of Stratton Ski Resort. Stratton Mountain is more than just a ski area. It’s a mountain resort offering you freedom to explore nature with amenities close at hand. Play golf or tennis, go hiking or kayaking, then relax with your family and hike or ride in our gondola to the summit. You will see views only the highest peak in Vermont’s Green Mountain range can provide. At Stratton they have had a long-standing tradition of shaping snow for their riders. The Stratton U.S. Open halfpipe was built here back in 1988. Today Stratton offers 5 different terrain parks that cover more than 45 acres of hill space. In addition to their standard parks, check out the Power Park and Power Superpipe.
Cross Country Skiing
We have an excellent cross country park, 5 minutes from the Inn. Timber Creek is located at the North Entrance to Mount Snow on Route 100. You can wander and explore the snow-covered forest on cross country skis. Trails range from novice to pro: a great way to enjoy the Vermont mountains.
We do not take bookings in advance at the Kitzhof. You will need to contact Timber Creek directly.
Try a snowmobile tour from High Country Snowmobiles or Twin Brooks Snowmobile Tours (802-442-4054). Both companies offer a variety of tour options (hourly, half day, full day, evening and private tours). Special request tours are available with advance notice and reservations are recommended.
We do not make bookings in advance at the Kitzhof. Call either outfit directly.