Mt. Philo offers our guests great hikes right out the back door. The Inn has a short trail system for a one mile hike around our property. There are a variety of trails at Mt. Philo itself, including the Devil's Chair trail, the Summit Trail, and the Blue Gate trail. Just follow our original Carriage Road until you reach the tarred State Park road.
The Charlotte Town Trail starts at the entrance to Mt. Philo State Park and can be used for walking, running, biking and skiing. . When completed it will travel 7 miles northwest till it reaches Town Beach. Sections near us are done! Walk west 3/4 mile along State Park Road till you reach the beginning of the off road segment on the right near the Inn at Charlotte. Follow this along the length of the orchard, then across route 7 and along the Berry Fields till the co-housing lands.
Unofficial trails on Mt. Philo are described here!
The Blue Gate Trail: It's easier to begin at the top and walk down, as the section through the top north field is steep. Start at the large blue gate. This can be found halfway up on the north side of the north access road (down). Pass through the blue gate, which is locked but passable by foot. Follow the trail North into the field. Take a look around, because these could be the best northern views of the Lake Champlain Valley and Mt. Mansfield.. Follow the trail down the wide grassy slope bearing northwest. You will soon reach a newly re-graded, though unused road made of white limestone. Follow the new road till you reach the base of the hill. Pass the pond on your left, then circle left (south) along the mown trail through the field till you reach the west side of the State Park parking lot near the entrance. 2.5 - 3 miles, mild-moderate difficulty.
The "TAM" as it is known locally, is a major project of the Middlebury Area Land Trust. The TAM, a 16-mile footpath, encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks ...