The Champlain Valley has world class cycling opportunities with views to match. Popular multi-use paths have been built along the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington and paralleling the Mountain Road in Stowe. Other recreation paths are found in Barre, Colchester, Shelburne, Essex, Williston, South Burlington and Montpelier. Nearly three dozen new recreation paths and rail trail projects are either under construction or being planned and designed in communities throughout Vermont.
You can start your day with some of the best views around on the Burlington Bike Path. It is a 7.5 mile recreational route that runs from the southern end of Burlington at Oakledge Park to the northern end at the Winooski River, where it connects via the bike path bridge to the Colchester Bike Path. The Bike Path follows the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The bike path links six major waterfront parks, along with the Burlington High School and the central Waterfront district. From the Colchester Bike Path you can connect to the Island Line Trail.
The 14 mile Island Line Trail connects the vibrant city of Burlington, and Colchester’s Mallett’s Bay, with the family farms, wineries, orchards, and quiet roads of the unique Champlain Islands. Following the shoreline of Lake Champlain for miles through downtown Burlington, it crosses over the mouth of the Winooski River into Colchester. Then experience over 3 miles of biking or walking on a marble causeway across the widest part of the lake, offering spectacular views of the Green Mountains to the east, and the Adirondacks to the west. A ferry for bicyclists takes the place of the drawbridge that once carried steam trains across this causeway to the Champlain Islands. The establishment of the Island Line Bike Ferry is the latest chapter in the rich history of the Island Line. You can see a short video about the Island Line Trail and the rebuilding efforts after Tropical Storm Irene.
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