Cycle the City
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Lake Champlain Ferry Dock, Downtown Burlington where King Street meets the Lake Champlain.
The Cycle the City loop starts near the ferry dock on the waterfront in downtown Burlington. A stop at nearby Local Motion is a great way to get additional maps or answers to any questions before the trip. The route quickly leaves the commercial area as it heads north. Ascending a small hill in Ethan Allen Park offers the opportunity for a great view from the site of the tower on the left side of the trail. A ride through the woods brings you into the Intervale, a flood plain of the Winooski River. Both paved and unpaved options exist at this point prior to climbing to the University of Vermont campus and the historic hill section of the City. Linger along the way to appreciate the variety and history that Burlington has to offer prior to the rapid descent back to Lake Champlain.
- 0.0 miles: Start at Lake Champlain Ferry Dock (near Local Motion). North on Burlington Bike Path.
- 2.5 miles: Right at Leddy Park and leave parking lot at exit.
- 3.1 miles: Right on North Avenue, use of sidewalk is advised.
- 3.3 miles: Cross North Avenue and enter Ethan Allen Park
- 3.8 miles: Right at fork (Be cautious on downhill section there is a VERY tight turn)
- 4.3 miles: Cross bridge and soon turn left to Ethan Allen Homestead.
- 4.7 miles: Left and follow green posts with bicycle icon through the Intervale. The Intervale section is not paved and can be muddy in wet weather.
- 7.6 miles: Cross Riverside Avenue.
- 8.1 miles: Cross Pearl Street.
- 8.4 miles: At College Street turn left onto bike path through UVM Campus. Cross Main Street and stay on path. Return to Prospect Street and look for Maple Street soon after.
- 8.6 miles: Right on Maple Street.
- 8.8 miles: Left on Willard Street.
- 9.3 miles: Right and down on Howard Street.
- 9.7 miles: Right on Pine Street.
- 10.2 miles: Left on Maple Street.
- 10.4 miles: Right on Bike Path.
- 10.6 miles: End of ride.
This is a designated Lake Champlain Bikeways loop, part of a 1,300+ mile network of bicycle routes. The Champlain Bikeway offers a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec. This loop is one of many that provide 992 additional miles along a vast network of quiet back roads.
Lake Champlain Bikeways
c/o Local Motion, 1 Steele Street #103
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 652-2453
1 Steele St. #103
Burlington, VT 05401
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Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.