Road Biking in Vermont

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Riding Your Way

  • Novice Riders - Look for easy cycling over flat to gently rolling terrain in our valleys, or along Vermont's Rail Trails and Bike Paths.
  • Intermediate Bikers - Check out the rolling to hilly terrain in the Taconic and Vermont Plateau regions of the state.
  • Advanced Cyclists -- Find challenging climbs and downhills along the length of the Green Mountains, including the Appalachian Gap, Smugglers' Notch and Brandon Gap.

It's hard to imagine a better environment for biking. Vermont's varied terrain and beautiful rural scenery provides opportunities for road touring and mountain biking and accommodates bicyclists of all abilities.

Vermont villages are spaced an easy pedaling-distance apart, and our extensive network of lightly-trafficked "farm to market" back roads provides a virtually inexhaustible supply of on-road bicycle routes. Add to this an abundance of friendly country inns and intimate beds and breakfasts as well as clean lakeside campgrounds, and you've got a recipe for world-class bicycling adventures.

Bike Paths
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.

Rail Trails
Several of Vermont's abandoned railway corridors have been converted to bike paths. These routes are highly scenic and devoid of traffic.

  • East Alburg to Alburg, 7 mile length along the former Central Vermont/Rutland Railway
  • Richford to St. Albans, 26 mile length along the former Richford branch of the Central Vermont Railway (see Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail)
  • Burlington Waterfront Bikeway, 7.3 mile length along the former Rutland Railway and the shores of Lake Champlain
  • Groton State Forest (Danville, Groton, Peacham, Marshfield, Orange, Plainfield and Topsham) The 7.5 mile long Montpelier-Wells River Railroad bed is a multi-use trail that offers lots of wildlife viewing opportunities and is part of the Cross-Vermont Trail. Shorter trails and forest roads are accessible in the five campgrounds in this area
  • Jamaica State Park (Jamaica) An historic railroad bed provides 3 miles of trail suitable for bikes and strollers as well as walkers
  • Castleton to Poultney & West Pawlet to West Rupert, two segments totaling 19.8 miles along the former Delaware & Hudson Railroad

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