The Green Mountain Byway

Scenic Routes through Vermont’s Northern Green Mountains

Explore the scenery, recreation, history and culture of Vermont’s Northern Green Mountains. Central Vermont scenic routes feature Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak), the Smugglers’ Notch mountain pass, and iconic Vermont towns and villages. Get outside, get going, and celebrate Vermont along the Green Mountain Byway. Experience scenic routes through Vermont’s northern Green Mountains. Enjoy the ride. Savor the journey!

The Byway is Open During COVID-19

The Green Mountain Byway and many of its businesses are open and ready to welcome visitors. As you plan your trip,
please follow these state guidelines.

Reservations at all restaurants are recommended.

Some businesses may not be open, or have reduced hours, so we suggest you check in advance.

Enjoy the beauty and history of the Green Mountain Byway.

A hand-drawn map of towns and state roads along the Green Mountain Byway loop.

Tour scenic routes through Vermont’s northern Green Mountains. The Green Mountain Byway travels from Route 100 in Waterbury to Stowe. It runs through Morristown and Hyde Park, to Route 15 and 15A in Morristown, Route 100C in Hyde Park and on to Johnson and Cambridge. The Byway includes Route 108 in Cambridge and Stowe, and the separately designated Smugglers’ Notch Scenic Highway.

 

The History and Culture of Vermont’s Northern Green Mountains

The more densely settled areas along the Byway are bustling village centers with a rich cultural history. For example, these historic villages include Waterbury Village, Colbyville, Waterbury Center, Moscow, Stowe Village and Lower Village, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Johnson, Jeffersonville, and Cambridge.

These towns and villages are included on the Vermont State Historic Register. They are notable for their significance to architecture and the building trades, the history of transportation and recreation, and for people and events important to the state’s history.

The six Byway towns maintain a vibrant cultural identity rooted in the tradition of rural Vermont. They possess an eclectic blend of cultures as expressed through diverse local arts, food and crafts, festivals, and other activities. The common cultural themes are the traditional sense of place plus a contemporary cultural atmosphere.

This world-renowned scenic corridor through Vermont’s northern Green Mountains is home to abundant recreational opportunities, historic sites and cultural interests. Stop at our visitors’ centers and interpretative displays. Enjoy our State Parks and museums, or dine in our villages or picnic on our trails.

A man and a woman read a panel describing the culture and history of the Green Mountain Byway.
An educational display in front of the Green Mountain Club building in Waterbury Center.
An educational panel describes the wildlife along the Green Mountain Byway.

The Byway is home to some of the most outstanding scenic landscapes and open spaces in Vermont’s northern Green Mountains.

The Green Mountain Byway is a Scenic Byway. It is designated by the State of Vermont. This 71-mile corridor includes Waterbury, Stowe, Morristown, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Johnson, Jeffersonville and Cambridge, Vermont. The Byway is part of the National Scenic Byways Program, whose mission is to recognize, preserve and enhance selected scenic roads throughout the United States. Read more about the scenery.

A black and white loon takes flight from a calm body of water.

The scenic routes encircle Vermont’s northern Green Mountains, including Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield and the famous mountain pass of Smugglers’ Notch.

The area offers many recreational opportunities in all four-seasons, both indoor and outdoor. Examples include world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, hiking, biking and water sports.  Read more about recreation.

A man and woman paddle a canoe on a calm lake edged by colorful trees in fall.

Visit our historical villages and towns along the Green Mountain Byway. While you are here, participate in the vibrant cultural activities offered in every season.

Read more about the history and culture.

A two-tone antique car parked in a field.

This world-renowned scenic corridor is home to abundant recreational opportunities, historic sites and cultural interests. Stop at our visitors’ centers and interpretative displays. Enjoy our State Parks and museums, dine in our villages, or picnic on our trails.

The Byway is home to some of the most outstanding
scenic routes and landscapes in the state of Vermont

The Green Mountain Byway is a Scenic Byway. It is designated by the State of Vermont. This 71-mile corridor includes Waterbury, Stowe, Morristown, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Johnson, Jeffersonville and Cambridge, Vermont. The Byway is part of the National Scenic Byways Program, whose mission is to recognize, preserve and enhance selected scenic roads throughout the United States.  Read more about the scenery.

The Byway is home to some of the most outstanding scenic routes, landscapes and open spaces in Vermont’s northern Green Mountains.

The Green Mountain Byway is a Scenic Byway. It is designated by the State of Vermont. This 71-mile corridor includes Waterbury, Stowe, Morristown, Morrisville, Hyde Park, Johnson, Jeffersonville and Cambridge, Vermont. The Byway is part of the National Scenic Byways Program, whose mission is to recognize, preserve and enhance selected scenic roads throughout the United States. Read more about the scenery.

Photo Credit: Bob Malbon

The route encircles Vermont’s Green Mountains, including Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield and the famous mountain pass of Smugglers’ Notch.

The area offers many recreational opportunities in all four-seasons, both indoor and outdoor. Some examples include premier skiing and snowboarding, hiking, biking and water sports.  Read more about recreation.

Visit our historical villages and towns along the Green Mountain Byway and participate in the vibrant cultural activities offered in every season.

Read more about the history and culture of scenic routes through Vermont’s northern Green Mountains.