Trapp Family Forest
The von Trapp family has long called Stowe their home. Having studied forestry at Yale, Johannes von Trapp developed a deep appreciation for Stowe and its forests. In October 1995, Johannes donated a conservation easement on 1,100 acres of forestland adjacent to the Trapp Family Lodge to Stowe Land Trust. The conservation easement placed on the Trapp property protects the ecological integrity of the parcel, as well as the right of public access.
Positioned on the rolling hills between Route 108 and Mount Mansfield and Nebraska Valley, the Trapp Family Forest is located less than 5 miles west of Stowe Village, off Luce Hill Road, in the foothills of the Green Mountains. Luce Hill and Round Top Mountain, both prominent features on the property, provide spectacular views. Typical of Vermont hillsides, the terrain is rolling to steep with numerous small streams fed by ground water from higher elevations. The property now encompasses what were formerly a number of small, hillside farms, which explains the variety of ages and types of tree species found on the property. There are many existing trails and buildings on the property and two Class 4 roads (The County Road and The Haul Road). Remnants of earlier settlements are obvious along these roads.
Public access to Trapp Family Lodge is restricted to the Adams Camp parcel and the Class 4 roads (The County Road and The Haul Road). Land surrounding the Lodge is not open to free public access. Trail passes to access the Nordic ski, snowshoe and mountain bike trails on the property should be purchased from Trapp Family Lodge.
Trapp Family Lodge sits atop Luce Hill. From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 108 in Stowe Village, head north on Route 108 for 2.0 miles. Take a slight left onto Luce Hill Road and travel for 1.4 miles, staying left to stay on Luce Hill. Take a left onto Trapp Hill Road. The Trapp Family Lodge is on your right. For directions to public access points, please refer to the Trapp Family Lodge Public Access Map.
- 1,100 acres
- Privately owned
- Conserved in 1995
- Trapp Hill Road, Stowe
This [conservation easement] ensures the land will remain scenically, ecologically and appropriately developed. Johannes von Trapp