Maps & Routes

There are so many different bike routes available to you in Vermont, check out a few below. 

Check out our new Bike Vermont resource for everything you need to know about biking in our beautiful state.

Island Line Trail

Hop on this spectacular 14-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line Trail follows Burlington’s waterfront via the Burlington Greenway and heads out on the beautiful Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake! Public beaches, natural areas, and scenic vistas abound. Take Local Motion's Island Line Bike Ferry to cross  "the Cut," a 200-foot gap in the causeway, and then continue on your way.

Interactive Island Line Map

Printable Island Line Map



Cycle the City

This exciting, self-guided, clockwise loop showcases the history, culture, and natural splendor of Burlington, VT—one of the loveliest cities in America, and the jewel of northern New England. This experience offers a relatively easy and enjoyable tour of the Queen City, one you won't soon forget!

Download the Cycle the City Guide

The loop will take you along spectacular Lake Champlain following the Island Line Trail commonly known as the Burlington Bike CTC_Logo_2013.jpgPath with sweeping vistas of the Adirondack Mountains. Heading west, you ascend through a historic park and head into (or around via the paved route) the richly scenic Winooski River Valley and unpaved Intervale, a rich floodplain that is home to historic structures, wild animals, and working farms.

The loop also passes through some of Burlington’s most architecturally interesting and beautiful areas, such as the University of Vermont (UVM) and Champlain College neighborhoods. UVM is one of New England’s oldest colleges, and its landmark architecture reflects that long history. Cycle the City also takes you through many different residential neighborhoods, from the post-World War II suburban streets of the New North End, to the older housing in the Old North End and the stately 19th Century mansions in the Hill Section.

Cycle the City is part of the Lake Champlain Bikeways, 1,100-mile network.

Everything You Need to Get Cycling

There are a number of ways to experience the Cycle the City route before you even get on your bike. For all the history buffs, the ‘Full Guide’ has exciting details of the sights and histories of the various parts of the ride. For the tech-savvy, there is a simplified ‘Mobile Friendly Guide’ that you can have for easy reference on your smartphone while riding the route. There is a ‘One Page Map’ that you can print and put in your back pocket, and there is a ‘Bonus Tracks Map and Guide’ for those who want to do a few extra miles and see more of the southern portion of the city.

Select your Cycle the City Guide:

Burlington Walking Routes

Looking for a new walking route to explore? Check out the maps below for short, medium, and long routes throughout Burlington. Some will take you through parks, while others wind through neighborhood streets. 

Burlington’s many parks are also excellent spots to find some open space.

Reminder: Watch for oncoming cars when crossing the street, carry a light if you are walking at night, and obey pedestrian signals. For more walk safety tips, go here


Chittenden County Walk Bike Map

Local Motion is proud to offer Chittenden County's first-ever walk/bike map!  This includes all bike lanes and paths in the county, along with areas served by sidewalks, transit routes, Carshare pods, and more.  You can download a low-res version of the map here, or come on in to Local Motion's Trailside Center on the Burlington waterfront to pick up your free paper copy.  To request a large number of maps for distribution, please fill out this form.  

download the chittenden walk-bike map

The download is 6.5 MB.  Here are low-res images of the map to give you a sense of what it looks like:



Southern Quebec Maps

The Auberge Harris map is a wonderfully illustrated complete map of circuits and routes all around Lake Champlain -- in New York, Vermont, the Champlain Islands, and eastern New York state as well as Quebec, Canada.  Auberge Harris is an inn 20 minutes from Montreal facing the Richelieu River.  The map features lodging, restaurants, and bike shops in the Lake Champlain region.

Check out the maps!

Lake Champlain Bikeways

The Lake Champlain Bikeway is a 1,600+ mile network of bicycle routes in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont, New York, and Québec. The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length, in addition to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec. Based on a rich array of natural, cultural, and historic themes, these loops meander along quiet back roads through extraordinary mountain and countryside scenery.

Visit the Bikeways homepage

Bike Rest Area Map

We thought to ourselves: "If cars have rest areas, so should bikes." Luckily for those of us who love to walk, run, and bike along Lake Champlain, Local Motion and our partners have built eight rest areas in some of the most beautiful places along the Champlain Bikeway.

Find a Rest Area

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

Vermont is home to numerous dormant rail lines, many of which are being transformed into four-season recreation trails. One of the best emerging examples of this exciting trend is the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, which, when completed will be New England's longest rail trail, winding 93 miles through picturesque Vermont towns, working landscapes, and scenic vistas.

Find out more and hit the trail!


Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

BKT-MVRT_thumb.jpgFranklin County's four-season rail trail is an important fitness and recreation resource for local residents as well as a destination for tourists looking to walk, ski, or ride through some of northwest Vermont's most scenic forests and open spaces. Click on the button below for their website, or click here for the Trail Finder page.

Learn more and see the map!

La Route Verte

route_verte_thumb.jpgThe Route Verte concept dates back to the late 1980s, when the key members of Vélo Québec were already articulating, in various forms, their plans for the future of cycling in Québec. In 1995, the Government of Québec announced that it would collaborate with Vélo Québec on the planning and construction of the Route Verte, investing $88.5 million over ten years to develop a bikeway over 4,000 kilometres linking all parts of Québec. 

Visit the Route verte website

Western New England Greenway

usbrs_thumb.jpgThe Western New England Greenway is U.S. Bicycle Route 7. It is a multi-segment, multi-state bike route that links New York City and Montreal.

The corridor largely follows near U.S. Route 7 through the very Western portions of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont. It links with the East Coast Greenway at the Merritt Parkway near Norwalk, CT, at the Southern terminus, and with Quebec's Route Verte at the Northern terminus (Canadian border).

Visit The Western New England Greenway website

Adventure Cycling Green Mountain Loop

This is rural riding at its finest. The 376 mile loop begins and ends in Burlington and has riders cross into both New Hampshire and New York. This loop will take riders down through the valleys of Vermont as well as up and over some of the Greens.  Alternate routes and shorter loops exist and are shown on the Adventure Cycling map.

Visit Adventure Cycling to learn more



Burlington Green Infrastructure Bike Map

This seven mile loop starts at Local Motion on the Burlington waterfront bike path and winds through the Queen City with educational stops at notable green infrastructure sites.  Think rain gardens, constructed wetlands, green roofs, and urban trees—anything and everything that helps Burlington take care of the lake!  You can pick up a hard copy of the map at Local Motion, or download it below.  

download the green infrastructure bike tour map

Cross Vermont Trail

The Cross Vermont Trail is a project to build a multi-use, four season path across the width of Vermont; following the Winooski River and Wells River valleys.

Visit The Cross Vermont Trail website



Trail Finder

Trail Finder is a tool to help people get out, get active, and explore Vermont and the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. It's made possible by a collaboration between The Upper Valley Trails Alliance and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.

Use the Trail Finder

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