What A Great Ride!This is an amazing rail trail! Skirting the shore of Lake Champlain, it finishes on a spectacular causeway that goes right across the lake. The views across the lake of the Adirondacks are wonderful.
I started at Oakledge Park trailhead in South Burlington and rode the full 14 miles (one way). The weather was perfect as a severe thunderstorm during the night before cleared away much of the oppressive humidity.
|An informative kiosk|
|The causeway was amazing!|
|End of the Line|
|Map of the entire trail|
|White Marble and a Train Relic|
Short Video Summary
More Trail Info
History of the Line
Built in 1899, Rutland Railroad’s Island Line finally provided a direct connection from southern New England to Lake Ontario. Two breaks in the causeway were spanned by a fixed iron trestle and a swing bridge that could be opened to allow boats to pass.
It was a very expensive stretch of track to build. The three and a quarter mile marble-block causeway from Colchester Point to Allen's Point at South Hero alone cost the Rutland in the vicinity of $1 million.
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