The Swanson Inn is a strong supporter of outdoor enthusiasts and athletes visiting the Mad River Valley. We have partnered with several organizations who encourage recreation throughout the region and the state. We offer special accommodations for Long Trail hikers (thru-hikers and section hikers), Mad Marathon competitors, and cyclists visiting the Mad River Valley for training and competition. We are also a trailhead location for the Mad Path Recreation Association.
Long Trail Hikers
The Green Mountain Club has built and maintained the Vermont Long Trail for over 100 years, and the App Gap trailheads are a short 6 miles from the Swanson Inn. Rick and Tim walked the Long Trail end-to-end in 2016 and have a soft heart for those on a LT journey, thru-hiking or those walking a section at a time.
We offer the following specials for LT thru-hikers who book a room for one night:
- Pick up at App Gap and Lincoln Gap trailheads
- Re-supply run to Waitsfield Village.
- One load of laundry.
- Dinner on the night of arrival and daily breakfast.
Mad Path Recreation Path
The Swanson Inn is proud to support the Mad River Path Association. From our parking lot, you can begin the Millbrook Trail https://www.madriverpath.com/maps-millbrook.php, and fun and challenging trail, following Vermont Rt. 17 for 2.1 miles. Please see their website for more information.