Did you see the Island Line Rail Trail’s shoutout in USA Today? If not you should definitely check it out, but first, check out some of the beautiful pictures we have below in our blog post. And while you're at it, why don't you plan a final summer trip (or two) on the Island Line Causeway!
Read The Article
“This path along Lake Champlain near Burlington includes a bike ferry, a 2,500-foot boardwalk and a three-mile causeway. “It feels like you’re right on the lake,” Stark says. Riders also are rewarded with scenic views of the Adirondack Mountains.” - USA Today, July 29th, 2016
That’s right, we’re not the only ones who love Burlington’s Island Line Trail! Thanks to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Island Line was featured in the recently published Rails to Trails Hall of Fame guide. The Island Line Trail accompanied nine other rails-turned-trail featured in the article, making the cut over 20 other spots across the country recognized as some of the finest places to bike.
So what qualifies these trails as hall of fame worthy? Laura Stark from the Rails to Trails Conservancy explained the selection to Larry Bleiberg of USA Today, “A hall of fame trail is a destination in itself. It’s a whole package. You have the outdoor experience, the long views and the historical sites”.
Sounds familiar, right? The Island Line Trail is truly the complete package when it comes to bike trails. It has breathtaking views, is literally loaded with, and built on, the railroad and quarrying history of Vermont, and visits much loved local spots like the Winooski River Bridge and seven of Burlington’s public parks and regionally significant natural areas. On the Island Line, a bike trip is also a beach day!
Go a little farther and riders can find the beloved Local Motion bike ferry. This ferry boat shuttles people across The Cut, a gap in the causeway from the demolition of a swing railroad bridge in the early 1960s when the railroad stopped service. Operating for more than 100 days each year, the Island Line Bike Ferry offers bikers and walkers a chance to explore the other side of the Causeway and visit Champlain Island favorites like The Accidental Farmer at Allenholm Farms, Hackett’s Orchard, Snow Farm and East Shore vineyards and Grand Isle Art Works.
While it may be no surprise to local residents that the Island Line Trail made the cut, now many more people know the secret of one of the best-loved attractions in our own backyard!!