Allen Point Access Area

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A scenic trail offering great lake access and good fishing at "the cut" in the causeway.
Trail Activity
Walking Bicycling
1.2 miles, One Way
South Hero (VT)
Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder


This is a flat scenic trail – a great place for a walk or run. The northern 0.75-mile section is a shared-use corridor with motor vehicles. The southern half-mile section is a stunning non-motorized path that juts into Lake Champlain. Local Motion operates a seasonal "bike ferry" service for walkers and bicyclists across the 200-foot “cut” where an old turnstile bridge operated.

This is a VT Department of Fish & Wildlife Access Area. Its primary use is to provide lake access for anglers. Other uses, like walking and bicycling, are allowed as long as they don’t interfere with the area’s traditional use – so please share this facility with others. The path is on an old marble-clock railroad causeway built in 1900 as part of the Rutland Railroad Island Line. Learn more about the history of the Island Line.

Volunteers have placed red wooden identification labels on various trees and plants along the route. The causeway offers sweeping views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.

Other Information

There is a port-o-let right at the beginning of the old causeway.

Trail Manager

Visit VT Department of Fish & Wildlife online for more information or contact:

VT Department of Fish & Wildlife
103 South Main St 10 South
Waterbury, VT 05671
Phone: (802) 241-3447
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Keep the Twin States (Vermont & New Hampshire) green and clean! Pick up trash, even if it's not yours. Leave soon-to-be trash like excess packaging, stickers, and twist ties at home.

Trailhead Information

From I-89: Take Exit 17. Go west on Route 2 for 8 miles to South Hero Village. Turn left onto South Street and go 2.5 miles. Turn right on to Martin Road and go 0.3 miles. The Allen Point Access Area is on the left. There are two parking areas - one at Martin Road and another for anglers 0.7 miles down the Access Area. Bikers and other visitors who are not using the Access Area to fish should only park at the upper lot immediately adjacent to Martin Road.

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