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Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Trail Overview

When completed, the new LVRT will be an unparalleled experience, spanning the breadth of Vermont from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, and crossing eighteen communities along the route.
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Trail Activity
Length
124.9 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Towns
Alburgh (VT), Bakersfield (VT), Cabot (VT), Cambridge (VT), Concord (VT), Danville (VT), Fairfield (VT), Fletcher (VT), Greensboro (VT), Hardwick (VT), Highgate (VT), Hyde Park (VT), Johnson (VT), Kirby (VT), Lunenburg (VT), Morristown (VT), Sheldon (VT), St. Johnsbury (VT), Swanton (VT), Walden (VT), Wolcott (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No
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Description

This trail is not complete yet. See below for an update and stay tuned for news of sections opening soon!

When completed, the new LVRT will be an unparalleled experience, spanning the breadth of Vermont from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, and crossing eighteen communities along the route. Nearly 100 miles long, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New England, offering spectacular vistas and local hospitality and services for hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowmobilers, snowshoers, dog mushers, and cross-country skiers and a host of other users and organizations. Currently, the Trail Guide features only the two short sections of trail that have been completed to date. We encourage you to visit these sections and get a sense of what the LVRT will be like, hopefully in the near future.

LVRT - St. Johnsbury to West Danville (map)

LVRT - Morristown to Cambridge (map)

2015 Update - Phase 1A and 1B now complete (learn more)

October 2012 Update

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) will be constructed in three phases over a five year time period due to length of the entire trail (93 miles) and the need for extensive repairs of railbed, culverts, and bridges from both past and recent flood events. The LVRT has received an Act 250 permit for Phase 1 construction! Phase 1 will consist of building a section of trail to final surface completion in each of the three counties through which the LVRT passes with current plans to build the Lamoille County section first starting in 2013:

  • Phase 1A - Caledonia County: trail section from Danville to St. Johnsbury, 15.4 miles in length and will connect to the recently completed Three Rivers Recreation Path in St. Johnsbury.
  • Phase 1B - Lamoille County: trail section from Cambridge Junction (Jeffersonville) to Morrisville Village, 17.4 miles in length connecting with the Cambridge Greenway Path in Jeffersonville and intersecting with both the Long Trail and Catamount Trail in Johnson.
  • Phase 1C - Franklin County: trail section from Swanton to Sheldon Junction, 11.6 miles in length connecting with the Swanton Village Recreation path at one end and the 26-mile long Missisiquoi Rail Trail in Sheldon Junction at the other end.

LVRT Phase 2 and 3 projects will connect the three Phase 1 trail sections.

Other Information

While the old Lamoille Valley Rail Road is now just a part of Vermont history, its footprint is a very exciting part of the state's future. The railway served as a vital east-west transportation corridor from 1877 until its closing in 1994. By the new millennium, after an extensive review process, the state determined that a proposal from VAST to convert the railway into a 4-season recreational trail was the best use of this important asset – and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail was born. Currently a partnership of VTrans and VAST, the trail is managed by the LVRTC, focusing on the trail’s rehabilitation and realization.

Trail Manager

Visit Lamoille Valley Rail Trail online for more information or contact:

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
26 VAST Lane
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: 1(802)229-0005
lvrt@vtvast.org
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Use local firewood from within 50 miles and clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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