Island Line Trail
Colchesters Causeway Park and Burlington Bike Path
Town: Burlington and Colchester
Length: 12.5 miles
Surface: 7 miles paved on south end of trail; 6.8 miles packed gravel sections to the north.
Numerous access points along the Burlington and Colchester waterfronts.
- Southend of Burlington: Take Shelburne Road (Route 7) south. At Flynn Avenue, turn right. Take Flynn Avenue to the end to Oakledge Park. Check in with park attendant and park.
- Downtown Burlington: Take Main Street west towards the waterfront. Follow the road past Battery Street as it curves to the right. At the next intersection, turn left onto College Street. You will find a public parking lot on the right hand side.
- Colchester: Take Route 127 north and turn left onto Porter's Point Road. Turn left onto Colchester Point Road. Airport Park will be on the right and has parking and trail access.
- South Hero: Take Route 2 north to South Hero village. Turn left on South St. and continue 2.5 miles. Turn Right onto Martin Rd. After 1/3 mile, look for the trail on the left. Please use the parking lot off the road.
Features: Waterfront views of Lake Champlain from Burlington to Colchester. Numerous parks and natural areas along the way, a trail bridge over the mouth of the Winooski River, and Colchester's Causeway Park. 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.
Please Note: Update November 2012 COLCHESTER
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.
Initial repair from the 2011 flood has been completed along along this 7 mile southern section. Burlington is now working on additional flood repair work on the waterfront path. Sections will be closed for repairs.
Currently open for pedestrians. State hopes to start repairs in the fall of 2012. Entire trail will be closed during construction.
THE CAUSEWAY BIKE FERRY:
Bike Ferry did not run in 2012 because of causeway repair work. Fundraising is underway to start construction for ferry service in 2013. You can help, click on: www.localmotion.org/thebigfix
Hop on the spectacular 12-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington's waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound.
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.
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, and Leddy Beach, Colchester's Airport Park, UVM's Colchester Bog, Porter Natural Area (conserved by the Lake Champlain Land Trust).
Island Line Merchandise for Sale! Bike jerseys and running shirts featuring artist Katharine Montstream's beautiful images of the Colchester Causeway are available at Local Motion. All purchases help support Local Motion's efforts to enhance the Island Line Trail! Click here to order.
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 thru Labor Day on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM.
Causeway Bike Ferry Schedule: Click here for the latest news about the development of Allen Point ferry service across the cut in the Colchester/South Hero causeway.
Volunteer Surveyors: Mark Suozzo, Cooper Newbond
Last updated on 12/6/12