Champlain Valley Cruise

Middlebury, Vermont

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This ride rolls over a series of moderate north-south ridges from Middlebury, before leveling out near the shores of the long Lake Champlain; along the way it passes cow pastures, cranberry bogs, a state park, swimming and camping, a maritime museum, and a waterfowl preserve. In October the skies sound with ducks and geese flying south. If you like horses, stop to visit the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge. Terrain: fairly hilly for first 8 miles, then mostly flat to Vergennes. Mildly rolling hills from Vergennes to Middlebury. Traffic/Safety: traffic is generally light except in Middlebury and Vergennes, with increases during the usual commuting times. There are two brief encounters with busier Rte. 22A, be prepared to pull over for trucks while on it.

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"This ride rolls over a series of moderate north-south ridges from Middlebury, before leveling out near the shores of the long Lake Champlain; along the way it passes cow pastures, cranberry bogs, a state park, swimming and camping, a maritime museum, and a waterfowl preserve.

In October the skies sound with ducks and geese flying south. If you like horses, stop to visit the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge. Terrain: fairly hilly for first 8 miles, then mostly flat to Vergennes. Mildly rolling hills from Vergennes to Middlebury. Traffic/Safety: traffic is generally light except in Middlebury and Vergennes, with increases during the usual commuting times. There are two brief encounters with busier Rte. 22A, be prepared to pull over for trucks while on it."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Middlebury
Distance: 47.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Tourism Bureau 800-VERMONT

Champlain Valley Cruise Reviews

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7/6/2015
We thought this was a nice ride. Started from Middlebury, making this about a 50 mile loop. Roads are very rural, little traffic, with nice views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks across the lake in New York. Roads along the lake are quite flat, but the ride down from and back to Middlebury cross several ridges, with some moderate climbing. Overall a very nice ride through rolling farmland.
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8/29/2009
This is one of the best rides in Vermont. It's beautiful. If you start in Middlebury a great place to grab lunch is in Vergennes, a little over half way. The Three Squares Cafe is cute cafe with great food and a patio to sit outside. The beginning and the end of the ride is pretty hilly, no gaps, but hilly, the middle is flat. One thing to note is the climb from Ottercreek through Weybridge is a bit of grind, not super steep, but long and at the end of the ride. Enjoy!
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10/7/2006
My wife and I did this ride on Saturday of Columbus Day weekend on a beautiful fall day. It is one of the best rides we have ever done! The scenery was spectacular. The terrain is exactly as described, hilly for the first 8-9 miles (but no major climbs), flat for the next 30 miles, and then rolling hills for the final 10-12 miles. Button Bay State Park is a great place for a lunch break, at least it was on this not-too-busy weekend. It is a little way past the halfway point in the ride. We found a picnic table right on the water, a beautiful spot for a break. One correction to the directions, however. Sunrise View Cemetary is on Maple Street outside of Vergennes, about 2 miles before you cross over Route 17 on to Quaker Village Road. It would be at about mile 38, not 33.3 as it says in the write-up. Once we found it, the view from here was beautiful! Stop and enjoy it. With the rolling farm land, great views of Lake Champlain, light traffic and beautiful weather, this ride rivaled our bike trip to Italy last year. It was that good!
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