Two years after the Scenic Route 100 Byway was established, the effort to expand the Byway north and south along RT100 to include an additional 14 towns has been completed. On April 19, 2013, the Vermont Transportation Board formally approved the Scenic Route 100 Byway expansion to now encompass 20 towns: Granville, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Andover, Cavendish, Weston, Londonderry, Jamaica, Wardsboro, Stratton, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham and Stamford.
This is now Vermont’s second largest Byway at 138 miles, behind the Connecticut River Byway, crisscrossing along the spine of the Green Mountain from the Mad River Byway to the Massachusetts’s border. This has been a wonderful grassroots effort resulting from the joint partnerships of town representatives, various Chambers of Commerce, Regional Planning Commissions, and supportive businesses along Route 100.
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Recently, there was an article written highlighting our Scenic Route 100 Byway. Feel free to read it here: Route 100: There’s a Charm on a Road Less Traveled.
Scenic Route 100 Byway is located in south-central Vermont. Running along the east edge of the Green Mountains, this 138 mile byway has a wide range of historic, cultural, scenic, natural and recreational resources. Recognized by Yankee Magazine as one of “the most scenic drives in New England” and part of Vermont’s “Skiers Highway” which connects some of the best skiing and riding opportunities in the northeast, this byway connects three of the region’s best golf courses, along with extraordinary lakes for fishing, boating and swimming, impressive mountains for hiking and biking with an interesting network of roads which are popular with cyclists.
The Scenic Route 100 Byway includes communities from north to south: The Granville Gulf area, Hancock, Rochester, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Killington, Bridgewater, Plymouth, Ludlow, Andover, Cavendish, Weston, Londonderry, Jamaica, Wardsboro, Stratton, Dover, Wilmington, Whitingham and Stamford.
Scenic Route 100 travels through the heart of the Green Mountains and is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in Vermont as well as an abundance of historical and cultural attractions. Visitors from all over the world find they can spend weeks exploring this 138 mile stretch.
Scenic Route 100 encompasses four-season beauty and is internationally known for its incredible fall foliage. With rolling hills, a meandering river, crystal clear lakes and ponds, mountain and valley vistas, unspoiled forests, and quintessential Vermont towns, this route has it all. On the southern sections, visitors can follow the Black River, passing the sparkling waters of Lake Rescue, Amherst and Echo Lakes. On its northern section, travelers delight at the incredible mountain views while the more adventurous leave their cars for an easy stroll to Thundering Brook Falls or a quick gondola ride up the state’s second highest mountain, Killington Peak.
Historic and Cultural:
Scenic Route 100 is also full of rich history and home to dozens of cultural landmarks that make it a truly unique journey. Visit President Calvin Coolidge’s birthplace and Historic Site; and make sure to leave time to shop and visit Plymouth Artisan Cheese. In Ludlow you can also see where Calvin Coolidge went to school which is now called Black River Academy Museum.
Outdoor recreation abounds on Scenic Route 100. Home to some of the best skiing and riding opportunities in the northeast at Okemo Mountain, Killington and Pico Mountain resorts, and Okemo Valley Nordic Center and Mountain Meadows Nordic & Snowshoe Area, Scenic Route 100 also offers endless of activities in the summer and fall. Mountain bikers and cyclists are drawn to the extensive trails and winding roads; golfers flock to play some of Vermont’s most popular and challenging courses including Vermont’s #1 Public Course and the Okemo Valley Golf Club; hikers come to explore the renowned Long Trail; boaters spend the day paddling and exploring the numerous lakes; and anglers try their luck at any number of the neighboring ponds and streams. All ages can enjoy a stroll around a classic town green, kids pass their time at one of the many local playgrounds and anyone can explore a waterfall on a wheelchair accessible nature trail.