Rain or shine (or snow!), Vermonters love the outdoors. Vermont has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities: hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and so much more. The Swift House Inn is in a perfect central location in Middlebury to have access to all of these great things. With Lake Champlain to the northwest and Lake Dunmore and Silver Lake to the southeast, Swift House guests are within 20 minutes of swimming, hiking, and boating in either direction.
Silver Lake in Leicester, Vermont, is a hidden gem nestled 600 feet above Lake Dunmore in the Green Mountains. It is surrounded on all sides by forests, broken only by a grassy picnic area on the northern end. Rustic campgrounds line the lake on the northwest shore, but are invisible to the beach. These conditions make Silver Lake the perfect place for a relaxing and tranquil day away from the hustle and bustle of daily activities.
Whether you are just looking for a quick half-mile hike to a beautiful lunch spot or a 5 hour, 8.8 mile loop hike with a satisfying swim afterward with your furry friend; Silver Lake has it all. With a number of trails including Silver Lake Trail, Goshen Trail, and the Rocky Point Trail that lead to a number of vantage points including Rattlesnake Cliffs, Falls of Lana, and Silver Lake, there is something for everyone. The mountain air is clean and crisp and so is the water. Silver Lake stays cooler than Lake Dunmore due to its mountain location. With two entrances, you decide where you want to start and end and how long you’d like your adventure to be.
Directions from Middlebury for Silver Lake Trailhead and Falls of Lana: follow Route 7 to its intersection with Route 53/Lake Dunmore Rd. Turn left on to Route 53 traveling for 3.9 miles. Parking is on the left.