Best Rail-Trails in Vermont

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont rail-trails trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Causeway Park Rail-Trail


Imagine traversing a path built of tons of marble and rock fill, allowing you to bike, walk, or wheelchair several miles onto Lake Champlain. The Causeway Park Rail-Trail is among the most remarkable…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Colchester, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 3.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#2. Burlington Waterfront Bikeway


The best of Lake Champlain’s waterfront can be experienced on this bikeway. There are outdoor opportunities for people of all ages. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Chittenden County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Burlington, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 7.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#3. Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (South)


A lightly wooded trail through cornfields and meadows of wild-flowers. Surface: Original ballast, ranging from hard-packed cinder to gravel. Location: Rutland and Bennington Counties.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
West Pawlet, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 10.6 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#4. Central Vermont Rail-Trail


You’ll need a sense of adventure to get the most from this trail, which is not yet fully developed. The stunning Vermont scenery, however, may lure people to the trail despite its rough surface. Surf…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Saint Albans, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 27 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#5. Montpelier and Wells River Rail-Trail


The Montpelier and Wells River Rail-Trail offers panoramic views of the Vermont mountains and is quite spectacular. But it may take some effort as the trail is at its best once you have traveled uphil…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Montpelier, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 14.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#6. Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (North)


If you want to escape the hectic pace of most urban areas of the Northeast, plan a trip to the Delaware & Hudson Rail-Trail. Currently tucked along the rural western border of Vermont, the Delaware &…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Castleton, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 9.2 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#7. Beebe Spur Rail-Trail


The Beebe Spur Rail-Trail opened in 1999. It parallels Lake Memphremagog and takes its guests through some beautiful Vermont woods. Surface: Packed gravel. Location: Orleans County.…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Newport, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 4 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#8. Alburg Recreational Rail-Trail


A short but superb trail nestled in the remote, lake-filled region of northwestern Vermont—just a few miles from the Canadian border. Several wildlife refuges are nearby. While the trail starts o…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine"
Alburg, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Walking - 3.5 miles
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Island Line Rail Trail


One of the most popular rail-trails in the country, the Island Line Rail Trail (ILRT) offers spectacular scenery and unique experiences you’ll likely not encounter on other multiuse routes. The ILRT f…
From the guidebook "Rail-Trail Hall of Fame"
Burlington, VT - Rail-Trails - 14 miles
Published by Wilderness Press

#10. Alburg Recreational Rail Trail


This short but superb trail is nestled in the remote, lake-filled region of northwestern Vermont—just a few miles from the Canadian border. Several wildlife refuges are nearby. As the trail begins, t…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Alburg, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 3.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Beebe Spur Rail Trail


The Beebe Spur Rail Trail opened in 1999. It parallels Lake Memphremagog and takes its guests through some beautiful Vermont woods.…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Newport, VT - Rail-Trails - 4 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Island Line Trail


The best of Lake Champlain’s waterfront can be experienced on this bikeway. There are outdoor opportunities for people of all ages.…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Burlington, VT - Rail-Trails - 12.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail


You’ll need a sense of adventure to get the most from this trail, which is not yet fully developed. The stunning Vermont scenery, however, may lure people to the trail despite its rough surface.…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Saint Albans, VT - Rail-Trails - 27 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail (North)


If you want to escape the hectic pace of most urban areas of the Northeast, plan a trip to the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail. These two sections of rail trail (North and South) are tucked along the wes…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Castleton, VT - Rail-Trails - 9.2 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail (South)


A lightly wooded trail goes through cornfields and meadows of wildflowers.…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
West Pawlet, VT - Rail-Trails - 10.6 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Montpelier and Wells River Rail Trail


The Montpelier and Wells River Rail Trail offers panoramic views of the Vermont mountains and is quite spectacular. But it may take some effort—the trail is at its best once you have traveled uphill f…
From the guidebook "Best Rail Trails New England "
Montpelier, VT - Rail-Trails - 14.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides