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“Great for People Watching and a Modicum of Exercise ”

Burlington Bike Path
Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in Burlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Converted from the Central Vermont Railway to a bike path in the 1970s, this easy trail crosses through beaches and parks and offers great views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks and the city.
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The Burlington Bike Path is a truly amazing experience for the beginner or intermediate bike rider. I have also run the Burlington Marathon on this bike path and it’s perfect for runners of all abilities. The bike path starts at Oakledge Park in South Burlington. You can usually find a place to park on Home Ave so you don’t have to pay to enter Oakledge Park. The bike path starts by the softball fields; this is the south side of the park. The bike path goes past the Lake Champlain beach and grassy knoll of Oakledge where there is a miniature version of Stonehenge which is super cool. There is a small bridge that crosses a small creek that is good for pics. At this point the bike path takes you through a small neighborhood for a couple of well marked city blocks. Once you turn left onto the bike path along the rail road tracks, you are all set for a beautiful ride/run. The path winds through some really beautiful areas of both the city and suburbs, all along the lake. There are several areas where the bike path diverges from the lake, but the lake is always just around the next corner. The bike path crosses Waterfront Park where there are lots of festivals and concerts. Just past the Waterfront you will pass the amazing ADog Skate Park named for the Burlington based DJ named Andy WIlliams who died of cancer at a young age. North of the city you will go past two big beaches, North Beach and Leddy Park. In between these two parks you will find many little coves and places for private swimming and hanging out. Continue along the bike path and you will go over the Winooski River on a nice bridge. This is followed by a 1/2 mile long elevated platform/path over a beautiful swampy environment full of Vermont wildlife. Once you make it all the way to Colchester, you will come to the “Causeway”, an old rail road bed made into the bike path. This is about 4 miles long. Once you reach the end of the Causeway, you will find the Bike Ferry to take you across a very short stretch of the Mallets Bay Inlet. This pontoon boat set up for bikes is awesome. The path continues a couple of more miles and ends at Martin Road in Colchester.
The Burlington Bike Path is a well maintained bike way with many different styles of users. There are bikers, fast and slow, roller bladers, walkers, people with strollers etc. My point is pay attention and don’t go too fast. It’s not an expressway for speed. There is much more to see and experience on the BBP, but not enough room to describe everything here. Do yourself a huge favor and don’t miss the chance to bike, run, roller blade, walk, snowshoe, cross country ski, sled, stroll the Burlington Bike Path. Simply put, its amazing....

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Really hard to beat the lakefront location of this well maintained bike path. Always worth a visit, when in Burlington, even if you don't have a bike along! Plenty of rentals in town, or, you can just take a walk. Gorgeous views.

Thank Laura B
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is an easy trail, well marked path, with lots of nice spots to stop along the way, even the science museum/aquarium. Enjoy!

Thank JBRlovestravel
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

The bike path is always great for walking or biking. Burlington has been doing a lot of repairs on the path so it will be great when they are finished. The best part about the path is the views of Lake Champlain and that it is right on the water front for much of it's length through Burlington and North. It's a long walk so bikes are nice if you want to see much of the lake. The North portion going out onto a old railroad causeway and there is a bike ferry to the islands during the summer.

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Reviewed 2 November 2017

Well maintained, well used, this is a must-do if you have your bikes or are renting them. From some places you are beside the lake, other parts you are going through the woods with only an occasional glimpse of the lake.

Thank Karen D
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