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Explore the best rated trails in Burlington, VT. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Cross Vermont Trail and South Burlington Recreation Path. With more than 32 trails covering 341 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
VTRANS missed the Memorial Day target for finishing Fisher bridge - it is still closed as of 6/4 - just like they missed their announced completion of 11/2022. Don't count on VTRANS.
The bridge still looks like it has several weeks to go before opening. They have closed the trail for about a mile. The only way around is to ride along Rt 15, which is a bit dicey.
Also, there used to be access to the rail trail from the Fisher bridge parking lot. VTRANS has eliminated that access. The only way to access the trail from the parking lot is to, yup you guessed it, to go on Rt 15 again to access the trail.
The Fisher Bridge in Wolcott is closed. The only way to get around it involves a ride on Rt15 for several miles. Traffic can be iffy. Estimated completion of work on the bridge is end of May.
Also, there is a large sink hole in the trail SE of Bayley Hazen Rd in Walden. The trail has been closed while the sink hole is evaluated. No estimate available for the fix.
Overall, the sandy surface from Hardwick to Walden is a bit soft and has quite a few indents from traffic (bikes, walkers, dogs, horses). Hopefully, it will pack better and smooth out with more traffic. LVRT maintenance has said they won't be rolling it again.
The trail is complete with one very minor exception. There is a spot east of Wolcott village were a rockslide has meant additional construction and a delay in opening the entire trail. One note: Someone posted a review about parking and a trailhead in St. Albans. That confused individual was on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, not this one.
We love this trail and have done all of the finished sections many times. Our goal is to bike from end to end ( and back again), staying overnight in Morrisville area. Really looking forward to it!
Stowe is first and foremost a heavy tourist town. We biked on Thursday and the streets, parking - and trail - were loaded with kids, dogs, strollers, scooters, joggers and of course bikes. The trail is in very good shape but the 10 or so bridges crossing the river are very narrow. Scenery is exceptional with great mountain and river views. The western most 3 miles are less crowded. The restaurants and shops along the path are nice - but also add to trail turbulence. A lot of effort for a 10 mile r/t ride.
Rode only 10+ miles. Started at Cambridge Junction covered bridge parking lot. Headed East past Dog Head Falls, a must stop. Very pretty flat trail. River, bridges, cows, falls. Mix of sun and tree cover.
Great ride! Flat, some shade, some sun. Great views and places to stop along the route. Beaches, food, marinas & coves. A must do!
Gorgeous views along the lake as you are smack dab in the middle. The short ferry run is a fun break. Delicious place to eat on the other side to.
I love this bike path. Come often. Nicely paved and kept in excellent condition
Only need to know that the sign in St.Albans telling you to park on the trail means just that. The first 200' of the Trail are its parking lot in St. Albans.
For those of us who have said all our lives "never park on the trail" we need to learn new tricks.
I was traveling through Montpelier on Rt 2 along the river after being unable to find another trail several miles away. I saw signs for the Cross Vermont Trail and saw what looked like a trail across the river. I kept a lookout for other signs and followed one to a dirt road that extended along the north bank of the river. I parked there and rode my bike along what is apparently an extension of the Montpelier Recreation Path that is not described yet in Trail Link. The surface is crushed stone for the most part and I followed it until it ended in a narrow dirt path blocked by a large piece of old equipment. I then backtracked and followed the trail into Montpelier where it became paved and passed across streets and railroad tracks. I turned around in the downtown and rode back to the car for a total of about 7 miles. It was a pleasant ride and the scenery outside of the city was nice.
This ride was what I think of when I think of rail trail biking. A trail with only mild changes in elevation, good surface (not paved necessarily) and good scenery. I started at the Morrisville trailhead and headed west for 10 miles before returning to where I had parked. There was not much traffic on the trail (mid morning in mid June) and the weather was great. The trail was in good shape- the crushed stone and dirt surfaces did not show any ill effects from recent storms. The scenery was nice- mostly forested stream banks and agricultural fields. My hybrid bike with road tires did fine on this trail. The parking area in Morrisville came up on my i-phone GPS so it was easy to find.
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