Take a 4-Minute Trip Along the Island Line


Thanks to LM Member Mike Beganyi for taking this video!


Island Line Trail Inducted into Hall of Fame!

RTC_Hall_of_FameThe Rails-To-Trails Conservancy inducted Vermont’s Island Line Trail into its national trails "Hall of Fame" on December 1, 2010, recognizing the trail’s spectacular attributes and decades of collaborative work among towns, the State of Vermont, and trail advocates.

The Island Line Trail unites the Burlington Bike Path, the Colchester Causeway, and the Allen Point Access Area in South Hero into a stunning 14-mile trail that travels along, and over, Lake Champlain.  The recent award by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy recognizes the Island Line as a "rail-trail jewel in a robust outdoor recreation scene."




Trail 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 Oakledge Park, Perkins Pier, the waterfront Boathouse, the Skate Park, North Beach, Leddy Beach, Charlie's Boathouse and Airport Park.

Uses: Cross Country Skiing Inline Skating Paved Biking Walking

Amenities: Restroom

Length: 12.5 miles

Surface: The southern 8 miles are paved.  The northern 5 miles have a crushed stone surface.

Trail Conditions: The 5 miles of trail in Colchester at the north end of the trail have a crushed stone surface and are not recommended for road bikes with narrow tires.

Trailheads, Parking and Restrooms:

Mile Location Services

Oakledge Park
(2 Flynn Ave, Burlington)

Parking ($5 in summer), restrooms, swimming


Union Station
(1 King St, Burlington)

Parking ($0.50 an hour) in garage at bottom of King Street, restrooms at Local Motion


North Beach
(9 Institute Rd, Burlington)

Parking ($5 in summer), restrooms, swimming, snackbar, camping


Leddy Park
(290 Leddy Park Rd, Burlington)

Parking ($5 in summer), restrooms, swimming


Airport Park
(201 Colchester Point Rd, Colchester)

Parking (free), restrooms, Log Schoolhouse Information Center and Museum


Get A Trail Map & Ride the Bike Ferry

ilt map coverPick up and Island Line Tril map at the Local Motion Trailside Center or download the PDF here!


Don't forget the Island Line Bike Ferry runs across the Cut in the Colchester Causeway, taking you to the beautiful Champlain Islands!


Click here to learn about the Bike Ferry schedule and to plan your next trip! 


Bike Ferry Docking



...Learn about rules of the trail here!


The Island Line Trail

island line logoHop on the spectacular 14-mile trail along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises along 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.

A new bridge dedicated in 2004 replaced the Winooski River bike ferry, allowing Local Motion to operate their ferry further north at the "the Cut", the site of the railroad swing bridge removed in the 1960s. Click here for the current schedule and information.

Come explore Vermont’s most popular multi-use trail. Stop into ECHO, the museum of Lake Champlain. Have a picnic lunch out on the Causeway. Go for a swim. Click here for a list of trailheads.

Bicycling, running, walking, inline skating and XC skiing are all popular trail activities. Please note that the 5 miles of trail in Colchester are unpaved. Cyclists on road bikes with skinny tires will find it bumpy. All other types of bikes will be fine. It is a good idea to check the weather before venturing out on the causeway as it can be windy and summer storms may build quickly.


Community Benefits

Development of the Island Line into a regional world-class trail offers many benefits to the local communities:

Economic Benefits:

A 2002 report by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Champlain team indicated that the trail's economic impact was $1.5 million per year – with a much greater benefit once key upgrades such as the bridge and a ferry across the cut are completed. At that point, the report concluded the trail would be "world-class." (Source: Island Line Trail: Analysis of Economic Impact, Leadership Champlain, 2002)

With the future connection to the islands, Lake Champlain Bikeways can market this spectacular off-road route between the orchards and vineyards of the islands and Burlington's vibrant waterfront to a growing number of activity-oriented baby boomers.

Recent on-path surveys indicate that 20% of trail users are from more than 50 miles away – demonstrating that this trail is an emerging regional attraction and benefits local hospitality, restaurant and related industries.

Health Benefits:

Multi-use trails are safe places for residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy a wide range of low-impact exercise. 6% of all Vermont residents live within a mile of this trail.

Vermont is facing an obesity epidemic with 26% of VT children now overweight. (Source: Governor Douglas' Fit & Healthy Kids Initiative fact sheet)

The Governor’s health initiative goes on to report that "there are fewer opportunities for physical activity in schools and, more often than not, young people are driven to activities rather than walking or biking to get there."

Social Benefits:

Trails are well-loved linear parks – public spaces where friends and strangers meet, where families enjoy quality time together, and people of all backgrounds come to unwind and relax. The trail hosts an estimated 150,000 visitors every year.


Interested in receiving bicycle guide maps for the Lake Champlain Region?

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