Exploring the Burlington bike path, which stretches 14 miles along Lake Champlain, is a great way to get to know the area in and around Burlington while getting a good bit of exercise as well. The bike path runs from Oakledge Park in Burlington’s south end all the way to the Colchester causeway – an old railroad line that has been repurposed into a bike path and pedestrian way. Pack a bathing suit and a picnic – or stop for snacks on the way – and you can make a whole day of it.
From Burlington the trail runs 8 miles, with a bridge crossing over the mouth of the Winooski River, before winding through some Burlington suburbs and reaching Airport Park. From there, the now unpaved path continues onto the packed gravel of the causeway.
During the summer, a bike ferry run by Local Motion (which also rents bikes) bridges the 200-foot gap in the causeway that allows boats to access the Mallet’s Bay area. The ferry runs seven days a week in the summer (weekends and holidays only in the spring and fall) from 10 am to 6 pm, and costs $8 round-trip or $5 one-way. Once across, you’ll reach the end of the bike path and can continue onto the roads of South Hero on Lake Champlain’s Grand Isle.