Mad River Valley
Located in central Vermont , just far enough from the hustle and bustle of the major cities, sits the Mad River Valley . Known for among other things, its great outdoor opportunities, our mountain towns enjoy all the flavors of city living with the feel of a small town. Folks come from near and far, winter, spring, summer and fall to enjoy all the Mad River Valley has to offer.
Comprising of the towns of Warren , Waitsfield and Moretown, the Mad River Valley is known for its diverse landscape, from tree lined paths along the Mad River to rocky ridges on the Appalachian Trail . Diverse too are the people that live here. The Mad River Valley is home to longtime Vermonters, artists, farmers and of course ski bums! For those of us who came for a winter and have never left, the memory of promising our parents we would be back in the spring still makes us laugh! People that visit are always amazed at the friendliness of the people that live here. We are happy to be here, to make a living here and to raise our kids here. Our pace is naturally slower and that gives us time to truly enjoy what goes on around us.
We are still are ski bums at heart and have (hopefully) passed that love of the mountains and feeling that “This is Home” on to our kids. There is nothing better than seeing a three year old strapping on skis and coming down the mountain with Mom and Dad and the next minute to see a Grandpa leading his grandkids down the same trail he learned on. Again, the Mad River Valley is “Home” no matter what age.
We play host to so many activities and cultural events, you would think you were in a cosmopolitan city. Our galleries and studios will entice the artist in you, our theatre will astound you and the variety of culture to be found here is eclectic to say the least. When you take a look at what is on tap in August for the Mad River Valley ’s Festival of the Arts, you will see a months worth of demos, workshops and exhibits, not to mention the extremely popular “Taste of the Mad River Valley ” showcasing out amazing and talented local chefs..
Another addition is our Green Mountain Cultural Center , celebrating its more than two decades. The center plays host to the Green Mountain Opera Festival, as well as a Photo and Art Show at the Inn at the Round Barn Farm. Add to that our very own WMRW, the Mad River Valleys independent community radio station, and the Common Group, the Phantom Theatre and The Valley Players and you have a long list of must see’s right here in the Mad River Valley.
Weddings here in the Mad River Valley are so popular that its not out of the ordinary to see a horse drawn cart with wedding guests coming down Main Street on a summer Saturday afternoon. Reunions and celebrations of any kind happen here and with all of the activities here year round, the Mad River Valley might be the perfect place to plan your next gathering!
Your Adventure at a Glance
The Mad River Valley is one of the most scenic regions in the Green Mountain State. Here, you will experience a landscape that ranges from hillside farms and gentle, winding roads to mountain peaks and river gorges.
Regardless of the season, you’ll find a full complement of adventures to make your trip a memorable one.
- The Mad River Byway
- Vermont’s Long Trail
- Mad River Path Recreation Trail Network
- Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Vermont Byways Outdoor Recreation List