Colchester Causeway Trail

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Colchester, Vermont

Colchester Causeway Trail is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colchester, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 111 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

lake

partially paved

rails trails

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

walking
closed
20 days ago

Great day out on the causeway. There is a big renovation happening so be sure it’s safe to be out there and the bigger diggers aren’t working.

walking
1 month ago

Causeway closed till May 24th

hiking
8 months ago

***This trail is currently closed.***. The signs say it is closed from September 3rd, 2019 to May 24, 2020.

walking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Went over labor day weekend with on of my dogs, and it was gorgeous.

road biking
no shade
washed out
9 months ago

Fun trail washed out a bit and a bit bumpy besides that it’s fun

hiking
9 months ago

Great walk with the parents and pup!

hiking
9 months ago

very Sandy. road bikes use caution. $8 ferry fee to continue over the split

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

I liked this trail but it might be better for bikers than hikers. You had to move off the path several times for the bikers. As you cross the water there is no shade so be prepared if it is a sunny day. It is almost all flat so an easy walk. Great views of the area.

mountain biking
9 months ago

One beautiful ride. 29.6 i think

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic. Hot alongside the big and THEN you’re on the marble (!!) causeway with a lovely breeze. Very pretty.

road biking
10 months ago

We started from the waterfront and biked to the causeway. The causeway is very scenic. Lots of walkers / cyclists. The path is a little narrow and so I can see walking while having cyclists coming from both directions could be a bit annoying. There are also poison ivy on both sides of the path. As long as you stay on the path, that’s not a problem but be careful if you need to step off the path to rest / enjoy the view. There is also not shade, which to be expected.

hiking
10 months ago

Really nice. Flat and hot. Best on a bike.

hiking
10 months ago

Such a gorgeous trail! Walked 5 miles of it with my dog, and everyone was super friendly, views were breathtaking, and the trail was very well kept!

walking
bugs
washed out
11 months ago

If you intend to walk this trail, at least on a weekend with good weather, beware of cyclists. I walked the whole thing today, from Colchester and back. Very beautiful views. The fishflys (2 inch long flying insects) were in the thousands, but somehow not as annoying as the hundreds of cyclists zooming by from both directions. There were parts that were pretty narrow due to washouts, so it may not be as bad next summer after the big repair project us complete.

hiking
washed out
Wed May 29 2019

This was an excellent relatively flat trail with Great Lake views. There were a few areas where the sides of the trail were a little washed out but there were marked with cones and signs were posted as well. Would recommend highly.

Sun Apr 14 2019

Great walk! Beautiful views! Didn't go over the ferry, but did a nice 8 miles!

road biking
Fri Jan 11 2019

Excellent and beautiful trail to walk, run or bike on. The trail takes you right through lake Champlain and the views are obviously stellar. One of the best easy trails to do in Chittenden County

hiking
Mon Nov 12 2018

My honey and I weren’t able to walk the entire trail because the wind was a bit much that day. Pristine trail, ideal for walking or biking. Every city/town should have a trail like this! We plan to return with our children and bikes.

road biking
Mon Nov 05 2018

Just to mention that this trail has an ABUNDANCE of poison ivy growing on both sides of the gravel path. Please be careful where you drop yourself or your bike that you look first at the plants.

mountain biking
Tue Oct 16 2018

Excellent fun trail. At times it does get congested but it does ease up. Recommend weekdays as opposed to weekends. The ferry ride is well worth the $4 each way and allows you to visit the island for some good food and ice cream. I understand from the ferry driver that on weekends the line gets very long.

road biking
Sat Sep 22 2018

We started at the Ferry/ Shanty on the Shore Restaurant and went to almost the end. Next time we are doing the whole loop.

Fri Aug 31 2018

Awesome bike ride with beautiful views of Lake Champlain! Flat the whole ride with many nice spots to sit on large flat rocks and enjoy the scenery. I’ve heard it gets crowded but I went on a Tues evening and I was practically the only person out there!

mountain biking
Thu Aug 23 2018

Deducting a star due to crowds and bugs BUT otherwise this is a really unique trail - flat, elevated and in the middle of Lake Champlain. Views are astounding. Surrounded by the lake with Adirondacks on one side and Green Mountains on the other. Just, WOW, but beware the crowds, kids and tourist bikers who don’t know bike etiquette.

Mon Aug 20 2018

Excellent bike ride, just foot traffic and bikes. Which is nice because I hate to ride amongst traffic. Beautiful views of lake, and mountains in the distance. Peaceful with pull-offs to enjoy the view. Went on a Monday afternoon and it was super chill. Do it!

walking
Sat Aug 11 2018

This is the perfect walk with amazing views of Lake Champlain. It’s also a great bike ride, including a paid ferry trip to Chicago next to the Lake Champlain Islands.

Sun Aug 05 2018

This is a must do, whether you’re a local or just visiting. It’s easy, it’s scenic and it’s a fabulous way to see the lake.

mountain biking
Wed Jul 18 2018

The bike ferry that connects to the Champlain Islands is operational and run by Local Motion in Burlington. This really adds to this already great walk or ride.

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