Vermont's rail trails and public paths are great low-impact ways to explore downtowns, scenic views, and Vermont's waterfronts. Spend an hour or the day enjoying the paths at any pace, from a leisurely stroll to cycling at a clip. Along the way, there are many opportunities to enjoy a taste of Vermont, from farmstands to farm-to-table dining, breweries to cideries, and more.
As always in Vermont, conditions on hiking and mountain biking trails are actively changing as rain comes and goes. Please check online resources before you visit and use caution while on the trail.
Island Line Trail
A former railroad route, the 14-mile Island Line Trail follows the waterfront via the Burlington Greenway and takes cyclists, walkers, or wheelchair users all the way to South Hero, crossing Lake Champlain on the Colchester Causeway. A seasonal bike ferry makes planning easy.
Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
New England’s longest rail trail stitches together 18 communities along 93 miles. Entirely wheelchair-accessible, hikers, bikers, and walkers can enjoy the rural beauty of Vermont in between exploring the historic downtowns and landmarks along the path. Bike shuttle available throughout the route.
Stowe Recreation Path
Stowe's paved recreation path takes cyclists or walkers on a 5.3-mile tour of Stowe's scenic views and Mountain Road district, offering the opportunity to stop, sample local cuisine and take in the beauty of the Green Mountains.
Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
In Northwestern Vermont, the almost 27-mile Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail wanders through the villages, farms, forests, fields, and wetlands of Franklin County at a railroad’s pace: slow, steady grades with sweeping bends.
Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail
Tour southern Vermont on almost 20 miles of reclaimed railroad in Rutland and Bennington counties and explore the villages of Poultney and West Pawlet on the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail, which also includes part of New York State.
Beebe Spur Rail Trail
The Beebe Spur Rail Trail takes hikers, cyclists, skiers, and snowshoers six miles from downtown Newport to the Canadian border following a historic railroad bed.
The Green Mountain Club shares a list of wheelchair accessible trails, gondola rides, boardwalks, and scenic drives through the state forest or to the mountain top.
VERMONT TRAIL MAPS
Vermont is home to a variety of rail trails spanning more than 230 miles. Discover Vermont’s rail trails and paths and plan your visit.