Fall Hiking Part 1: Beauty at its Best on the TAM

Photo by Serena Kim.

Vermont is a wonderful state to enjoy the outdoors, and Middlebury is an especially great location to do so. There’s something unique to enjoy each season, and in the fall, we love to embrace nature by going on hikes surrounded by the colorful foliage. Swift House Inn is nestled in the perfect spot to give you close access to some really awesome trails. The Trail Around Middlebury is a great spot to hike the next time you are staying with us. Get your boots and poles ready and grab a friend to come along!

The Trail Around Middlebury, known by locals as the “TAM,” is a gorgeous footpath that covers over 18 miles. As the name suggests, it loops around the entire village of Middlebury, linking hundreds of acres of properties. Parking is easy to find at most trailheads and and there are signs to tell you where to go. The TAM has a number of small and long trail sections for all abilities. Start off easy on the Jeffrey Murdock Nature Preserve trail at 0.6 miles or the Johnson Trail at 0.8 miles. The Chipman Hill trail is 2.5 miles long for a bit longer of a hike. Try the Middlebury College trail that is a longer 4.6 miles. There are many more sections of the trail that you can combine for your ideal hike–check them out here.

Many sections of the TAM cross private property, so make sure you stick to the trails and respect the rights of the landowners. If you are going to go out for an extended day of hiking, bring plenty of food and water and wear appropriate clothing. We want our exploring guests to be safe! If you are interested in doing some geocaching along your hike, you can learn more about it and find a list of caches to be found on the TAM here.

Book a getaway with us anytime online. Whether you are in for a one-night business trip, anniversary weekend getaway, or just a retreat for a few days, our comfortable yet elegant suites and amenities will make our inn feel like your home away from home. After a day of hiking, join us for a delicious restorative dinner at our restaurant, Jessica’s. Come visit Vermont during one of the most beautiful times of year!

two dogs on fall hiking trail
Elsa and Kubrick pause on the TAM in October 2020. Photo by Serena Kim.

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