Island Line Trail
Ages: 0 and up
Parking: Yes - There is a lot for about 10 cars.
Features: Dog Friendly
Along the edges of Lake Champlain is a scenic 12-mile trail that extends from downtown Burlington north through Colchester onto the Causeway. It's a multi-use trail so you will see walkers, runners, inline skaters and bikers. It's wide enough and relatively flat so jogging strollers or burlees are do-able for the little ones.
Note: it is paved with the exception of 5 miles in Colchester.
Along the way, don't miss:
- Union Station
- ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Museum
- Oakledge Park
- North Beach
- Leddy Park
- Auer Family Boathouse
- Airport Park
If you just want a 1-3 mile jaunt, park on Mills Point Road (see Google map) and take the trail out onto the causeway into the middle of Lake Champlain. It truly is one of the most spectacular trails that you don't want to miss. There is a bike ferry that runs seasonally - see schedule here.
Check out the Island Trail Map from Local Motion.
Here is a list of public bathrooms along the route:
- Mile 0 Oakledge Park, Bathroom
- Mile 2.5 Burlington Community Boathouse, Bathroom
- Mile 4.0 North Beach Boathouse, Bathroom
- Mile 5.0 Leddy Park (in arena), Bathroom
- Mile 8.5 Airport Park, Bathroom
- Mile 13 Fish & Wildlife Access Area, Port-o-let
- Mile 17 Snow Farm Winer, Port-o-let
- Mile 16 White's Beach, Port-o-let
- Mile 17 Seb's French Fries, Port-o-let
Reviewed on 03/04/2010
Imagine a path built out of large chunks of marble, rock and dirt that are high enough to literally allow you to walk on water. That path is formally known as Colchester Causeway Park and this is absolutely the best bike path in all of Northern Vermont! It is so unique. This particular stretch of the packed gravel path takes you right out into lake makes you feel like you are biking or walking on water. The view is spectacular. You can...more
Reviewed on 06/17/2014
All of these reviews are for the Causeway portion that extends out into the lake - which, no question, is sheer magic - but there are lots of other great places too: the views from the straightaway between Oakledge and Perkins Pier, for example. Or, the public beach access across from Northgate Apartments (down steps to a less-populated beach covered in heaps of driftwood that mean hours of play for the kiddos). Or the Auer Family Boathouse...more
Reviewed on 08/22/2013
We just recently started getting the family and the bike riding in the past is great. There's great views in the trail is always clean. its relatively flat for easy ride specially for smaller children. There's lots to do along the way it makes for great day trip.
Reviewed on 06/09/2013
The causeway has been completely rebuilt and restored after the extensive damaged caused by the spring floods 2 years ago. The path is slightly wider and the surface improved, better than ever! This is a great place to enjoy the lake views, a great walk or ride. Check it out!
Reviewed on 07/05/2012
We just got home from taking this bike path from the airport park in Colchester. I am writing this review because I don't want anyone to waste their time or gas money going out there. The path is very short due to wash outs and has 2 huge dumpsters in the middle of it, where we had to take our son out of the Charriot so we could get him safely across the path. Also the path is LOADED with poison ivy so watch out. Overall I would say that...more
Reviewed on 06/17/2008
This is a GREAT way to spend time this summer! We decided to opt for the short route by parking on Mills Point Rd. Not only was the recommendation and site's instructions to get there *perfect* and made it so easy, but the experience was so fantastic! My two 9-year-olds rode the trail out to the ferry stopping point (no ferry yet!) with ease, my 6-year-old did it and it was a stretch/work for her, but she was completely able. Butterflies...more
Reviewed on 05/06/2008
With the lake on both sides of you it's a unique and beautiful biking (or walking) experience! Local Motion has operated a bike ferry across the causeway opening during summer weekends, which lets you bike all the way to South Hero! Check Local Motion for ferry schedule, it changes each year.
Reviewed on 03/04/2008
We usually just park in the lot mentioned above and take the path out to the causeway. Great for cooling off on hot summer days (many places to jump in the lake) or an easy stroll (very flat) to get some exercise and take in the beautiful views of the lake and mountains. An absolute VT gem.