One of New England's most visited and spectacular rail-trails, the 12.5-mile Island Line Trail (formerly known as the Burlington Bikeway) skirts the waterfront in the hip college town of Burlington, strings together a series of shoreline parks and offers spectacular views of Lake Champlain and New York's Adirondack Mountains. The southern terminus at Oakledge Park in Burlington—a good place to begin your journey—has plentiful parking and restrooms. From mile to mile along this trail, there is hardly any consistency of paving. Local Motion had scheduled the Bike Ferry season opening to coincide with the completion of the causeway work, which was scheduled to be May 23rd. The sky was cold sapphire blue. We have ridden lots of trails in various states, including along the coast of Florida. This is a trail that is so worth the trip. The trail cuts through Lake Champlain, and it's a magnificent experience to have water on both sides! It's like riding on the water. My dad and I chose the waterfront park as our starting point. Consider bringing a picnic, or taking a break to sit on the boulders on the side of the path. Lat: 44.47080 Long:-73.22090. Rock Island Trail. Go 0.3 mile, and turn left into the trail access road. There are wonderful vistas and wonderful people all around! To reach Oakledge Park in Burlington from I-89, take Exit 13 onto I-189 toward Shelburne/-Burlington. At the park’s north end, 14 granite boulders in Burlington’s Earth Clock create a calendar, clock, and compass—an example of this town’s artistic reputation. The short ferry ride only adds its charming. Very busy in a few spots. Rode the “Burlington Greenway” from Oakledge Park. There was some hills leaving Airport Park and a marked rd crossing but again no issues. Lots of foot traffic, etc., until you get out of town. Everyone we encountered were all courteous to this and we had no issues in waiting or riding on. to Winooski River Bridge Late Sept: Set up detour for Phase 2b (North Beach Campground to Shore Rd.) The bike ferry to the island will cost $8 round trip per person. Many nice views of the lake. Very nice path to ride, except it gets a little congested and is a bit narrow for the number of people in the city limits part. Bear left slightly onto Colchester Point Road, go 0.6 mile, and then turn right into the parking lot (just before Buckingham Dr.). the path widens up, but as in previous posts, the complaint remains with the people(and unleashed dogs) who are in their own worlds and take up the entire width of the path. Very quickly all signs of the city almost vanish and having escaped the shelter of the harbor breakwater one starts to notice the subtle sound of waves lapping against the beach to the west. Nordamerika. Great height & views. I know the description says it's crushed gravel, however it's not a hard-packed gravel, and the locals I spoke with told me there have been many a flat tire when riders bring their road bikes down the causeway. Going north make sure you save time to travel out the causeway at the end of the trail. Look for parking to your left. Check the Colchester Parks & Recreation website for detail. Had a great time with my girlfriend biking this trail. Highlight trail segments by permitted use(s). Never actually made it all the way to the end, we were about 3 miles shy. "Tuesday, September 12, 2006:We live in Connecticut but have ridden many rail-trails and bike paths in New England over the past four years. so plan accordingly! A few wrecks in the driveway and I was off in to traffic. Early Oct: Phase 2a (Northern section from Shore Road to Winooski River Bridge) OPENS, Phase 2b CLOSES (southern section from North Beach to Shore Road) Mid Nov: Paving Phase 2b. The trail is along the lake , flat, paved with macadam and shady. We discovered the causeway to Grand Isle by accident - just spotting the signs. I was very much looking forward to this along-the-lake part of the path, but was disheartened when seeing it. BMX came in fast and I couldn't afford a new bike in that era because my family moved to Europe and that was expensive. I have two sisters that have four boys total, all between age 10 and 14. By far, one of the best places we've ever biked. The next day we walked the magical section out along the causeway, taking pictures by the dozens. I just did most of the trail today. Island Line Trail is a 6.1 mile (14,000-step) route located near Burlington, Vermont, USA. The trail continues for another mile once you get to South Hero Island. Go 3.7 miles, and continue straight on W. Lakeshore Dr. 1.8 miles (it becomes Holy Cross Road after 0.8 mile). A whistle or bell might help for cyclists with wide cargo. Hosting is supported by UCL, Bytemark Hosting, and other partners. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM. ", "This is one rail-trail I will never forget! The Island Line Trail is paved for the southern 7-miles. One element of this peaceful, intelligent town is vast improvement in the public interest of the spectacular waterfront along Lake Champlain ("The West Coast of New England"). This trail is amazing with beautiful scenery along the way. None of them hold a candle to this ride. We stayed at North Beach, Burlington's Municipal campground (very good, and right on the trail) and went north and south on different days. At Airport Park, visit the Log Schoolhouse Information Center and Museum. Colchester: Take Route 127 north and turn left onto Porter's Point Road. In 2.4 miles, after passing Airport Park, you come to the marble causeway that many consider the highlight of the route. Started in Burlington, VT and over the Causeway to the ferry. The description of this trail on this website is summed up thusly: "...skirts the waterfront in the hip college town of Burlington." Reconciliation of my relationship with Burlington...with my childhood. The thrill is entirely worth the ride, even with unfavorable wind. Lots of good restaurants and good places to walk. on a skinny tire road bike all the way to the cut. Work is currently being performed around Las Island at mile 10 on the trail. See 17 photos and 7 tips from 217 visitors to Island Line Trail. PORTLAND — Years in the making, the first phase of the Portland Air Line Trail will officially be opened Sunday. The views are stunning. Incredible views along the waterfront, and even more incredible lake views once out on the causeway. The trail then goes into Burlington. There was an issue with your submission. Too bad I am 4 hrs away. The causeway is a wonderful ride but due to loose stone and gravel not suitable for a road bike. That just about says it all. I rode the causeway today and all construction has been completed. The southern 8 miles of trail are paved, and the remainder is hard-packed crushed limestone. We just stood in awe. With breathtaking scenery, temperate summer weather, quiet country roads, charming inns, farm stands, historic sites and plenty of shoreline parks and campgrounds, this area is a dream to … Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Peace. Health. Forward is the direction of bicycles. This area gets a bit congested so ride carefully. So, back in Burlington...pre-ride. If I would have one negative thing to say - so few bathrooms. That said, this trail offers some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen from a rail trail. I road all over town on that bike for four years. Truth be told I bought it for selfish reasons--I wanted it. I am weak, so I just wandered into my favorite outdoor store, found a very well priced (gravel grinder) crossover and bought it. Here the trail becomes the Colchester Bike Path and Causeway. I did not have time to do the Ferry loop but I will be back to do it. After getting off the ferry across The Cut, it’s another 0.4 mile to the shoreline. It is hard to retire a bike. The trail is along the lake , flat, paved with macadam and shady. Tweet. The causeway is a great ride, as you are surrounded by water. In summer there is a little pedestrian/bike ferry that jumps the old swing bridge gap and allows riders to access South Hero and Grand Isle. Now it is becoming a capstone of the Burlington waterfront. We planned a trip to ride this trail after seeing photos of it. Make sure you go two miles south on trail if you are starting from the downtown. We parked at Oakledge Park and headed out. The Rutland-Canadian Railroad built the Island Line in 1899 to connect coastal markets in New England with the Great Lakes, eventually reaching Lake Ontario. This path has a lot of potential and sports nice views of Lake Champlain, but the paved surface is inconsistent making it a challenge for a person riding a Trikke or inline skates. I don't know why people would give this less than 5 stars- just because it can get congested- that is not the trail's fault. Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Trail Finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more! You would think with all the tax monies people in the state of Vermont pay, there would be some semblance of trail maintenance. The ferry operates Friday- Sunday at this time of year (check the website) and was $8 for a one way trip. There is no reason that Vermont cannot be completely connected by rail-trail and bike paths and rural roads. If you like photography, there were plenty interesting shots with the foliage and trees, with the lake and curve of the trail in the background. As rail transportation fell into decline, the railroad scratched its passenger service in 1955 and freight service in 1961. From much of the trail, you have unobstructed views across the widest portion of New England's Great lake, Lake Champlain. Burlington (VT), Colchester (VT), South Hero (VT), Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Paved/Cement. It was an incredible experience due to the uniqueness of the trail, riding three miles out on Lake Champlain, on a man made causeway with plants and trees growing on it. In 0.5 mile turn left onto Flynn Ave., and follow Flynn Ave. into Oakledge Park. I still ride it, and it is worth considerably more than the 689USD I paid for it. The detour is pretty well marked. I can not describe Lake Champlain well enough but I hope spectacular does it. Many thanks for your patience and continued support of Local Mo… We rented a private home above the city and walked downtown every day. I can't wait to get back to do the Island loop. Convenient parking and access to trailhead. Die Aussicht auf den großen See kann bei schönem Wetter besonders genossen werden. If you decide to do so, take a left at the first stop sign out of the campground onto East Shore South. This was a ride we'll never forget for all sorts of reasons. Head north through the Burlington waterfront (an alternate start point), then follow the trail up the coast, soaking in the outstanding views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in New York across the lake. South End of Burlington: Take Shelburne Road (Route 7) south from downtown Burlington. The detour will be in a different section starting mid-September. Great city--great ride. We have been notified by the Town of Colchester that the reopening of the Causeway would be delayed due to the Governor's COVID-19 order to halt construction projects. Maybe following West Shore Drive to the Grand Isle ferry might be nicer. Each time I would buy another bike and still be money ahead to eat at many fine restaurants along the way. Alle Länder in Europa. I would love to see the path fixed a bit where there it is narrow and pot hole ridden by the dog park in Burlington. I will try to post photos of the damage and keep updating this site with progress reports. The trail is 6.5 miles long, beginning at Brickyard Road in Kansas City and ending at Jefferson Street in Lee’s Summit. It's definitely a trip we would do again! A bridge now connects the Burlington side of the Burlington Bike Trail to the Colchester side across the Winooski River. Southend of Burlington: Take Shelburne Road (Route 7) south. Also spectacular were the Ice formations that encased the west side of the causeway after we crossed the Winooski River on a rusty but happy Iron truss bridge. I had plenty of room to ride, breathe in fresh lake air, and enjoy the quiet or the water lapping up against the rocks. There is a longish detour from Oakledge Park to the waterfront that is better to avoid. Come explore Vermont's most popular multi-use trail. It was a wonderful ride ! I rode the trail last weekend via a loop utilizing routes 2 and 127. There is a kayak rental place to stop and relax. Cracks, ruts and gravel... Oh my! It was absolutely beautiful riding along the shores of Lake Champlain and seeing the Adirondacks in the distance. The power of water cannot be underestimated. In 2.5 miles turn right onto Martin Road. We rolled right in the park and NOWHERE did we see a sign that said you needed a pass or pay to park. No where did see a sign for “Island Line Rail Trail”. He encouraged us to pause and absorb our sacred lake. About 26 miles round trip. Well worth a visit. I have done this trail in the past and it's a beautiful trail! across the ditch to South st. and on to South Hero. Used as an office building now, it’s also the base for a tourist train, as well as local bike advocacy group Local Motion. Please be very careful on the Causeway, especially with children. The ferry boat ride (about 7 miles into the trail) takes you across a stretch of water only 50 yards wide but it made the trip more interesting for the kids.The last 3 miles is a causeway (an old railroad bed) that was built out into Lake Champlain. Then there are the self-absorbed families, hiking the trail two, three, even four abreast, as well as their bicycling kinfolk, riding the trail two and three abreast. Undoubtedly among the most beautiful bike trails in the country. At the next intersection, turn left onto College Street. Anybody that complains about this trail needs to get there HEAD EX-AMENDED. USA . The causeway extends about 2 miles into the lake offering excellent lake and mountain views. It's a nice ride, although the condition of the trail is wanting as you leave the Burlington waterfront area heading north. Pets: All pets must be kept on a leash on the path for the safety of other pets, other trail users, and themselves. You can get snacks and drinks also. The ferry ride is about 5 minutes and costs $8.00 round-trip. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I went up to Burlington alone the first time and enjoyed it so much that the following year I took my friend. The pavement is crushed ciders, and was no problem for 28mm and 35mm tires. The causeway was built in the early 1900's to transport people by train between New York and Vermont. Follow the road past Battery Street as it curves to the right. Definitely one of the top ten best of all New England. There are beautiful vews across Lake Champlain to the Adirondacks. Better starting point is the Burlington Waterfront Park. Information about the Island Line Trail (Northern Vermont) including interactive map, length and difficulty, GPS track, places to eat, weather and more. It seems these days the further you get from civilization, the more civilized the people are. As we returned to my dads house I reflected on my 28 years absence from bicycling in Vermont. Placed on the abutments of the train bridge dismantled in 1972, the trail bridge replaced the Winooski River Bike Ferry that operated from 2000 to 2003. Some spots on the trail had good washout and was marked w/ caution cones and even some areas were one way accessible at a time to opposing traffic. There is a deeply nuanced museum (ECHO) for families that interprets the wilderness that is the lake and its many tributaries. Log Schoolhouse Information Center and Museum, Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation, Find geocaches near Island Line Trail (Burlington Greenway). Although I saw quite a few full dog waste bags along the sides of the trail I did not see any dogs in 22 miles of riding, and no waste on the trail. For trail users, the trip across the “Cut,” a 200-foot gap in the beautiful Colchester Causeway Park, is a moment to sit back and soak up one of the most scenic and unique experiences that Vermont has to offer; 360 degree views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, three miles out into the center of Lake Champlain. World class facilities are taking shape on the edge of this iconic water that was once part of an inland sea. This is so breathtaking, esp with Lake Champlain on both sides of you, it's like riding on water. 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