Come explore Vermont's most popular multi-use trail. Stop into the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Have a picnic lunch at the Mayes Landing picnic area at the base of the bridge or out on the causeway. Go for a swim. Bicycling, running, walking, and inline skating are all popular trail activities. Restrooms are available at Oak Ledge Park, Perkins Pier, the waterfront Boathouse, the Skate Park, North Beach, Leddy Beach, Charlie's Boathouse and Airport Park.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day Local Motion’s Bike Ferry service connects the Champlain Islands and the Greater Burlington area along the route of the former Island Line railway. For both walkers and bikers, the trip across the “Cut,” a 200-foot gap in the beautiful Colchester Causeway Park, is a moment to sit back and soak up one of the most scenic and unique experiences that Vermont has to offer; 360 degree views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, three miles out into the center of Lake Champlain. Click here for the Bike Ferry schedule and prices.
Thanks! Please note that many of the scenic vistas are possible due to thoughtful land conservation efforts by a number of organizations including the City of Burlington land along the Waterfront, North Beach, Leddy Beach, Colchester's Airport Park, UVM's Colchester Bog, and Porter Natural Area (conserved by the Lake Champlain Land Trust).
Trail Updates: Find out about efforts to improve and extend the trail. Advocates are exploring the concept of a Burlington to Montreal trail – connecting to Quebec's fabulous Route Verte bikeway network.
Island Line History: Learn about the Rutland Railroad's Island Line for which the trail was named. At Airport Park, visit the Log Schoolhouse Information Center and Museum. Restored and relocated to Airport Park in 2007, this historic one-room schoolhouse dates back to 1815. Today, visitors can stop in to learn about the construction of the Colchester Causeway and watch an informative video. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM.
Winooski River Trail Bridge: A new bridge dedicated in 2004 replaced the Winooski River bike ferry! Stop at the base of the bridge at the Mayes Landing picnic area.
Thanks to all who donated to The Big Fix and the Friends of the Island Line, the Colchester Causeway reopened on October 26, 2012! Thank you to the Town of Colchester, FEMA, SD Ireland and all the private donors who helped with the local match. The Causeway was closed after large sections were washed out by high winds and the record-setting water level of Lake Champlain in Spring 2011.
Numerous access points along the Burlington and Colchester waterfronts.
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