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Great bike trail but, really, this is a nice place to take a stroll close to the city after having a meal with friends. It’s not a hike through nature, but more of a stroll in town beside the lake.

road biking
10 days ago

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

listed here as off road driving, was expecting to be able to take my 4x4 on this trail and it is not open to motorized vehicles other than snowmobiles. Wasted my time and gas.

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.

I hiked this on a cool sunny day. The trail was generally easy to follow. I did have one issue near the bottom where there is a fork in th trail. Perhaps the other trail signs are a different color but for a colorblind guy they looked the same. I got back on the right trail easily enough and made decent time. The trail is moderate overall. There was a bit of mud in some places with the rain and freezing that we have had. Near the top there was snow and ice in the trail. The views from the fire tower were amazing though. I took a little detour to the top of the chair lift and sat in the sun to enjoy a break and a snack. Overall a great hike.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Easy bike ride. At times path is congested with people. Better views at the northern end of the trail. Not so in the beginning.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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.

great trail! well worth the hike.

I have been hiking this trail for nearly 20 years and it never disappoints. Did this trail up and down with 20 lbs in my pack to prepare for trip in the Whites. Definitely challenged me! Totally worth the effort!

trail running
3 months ago

Lovely trail that is well travelled, shady, and gorgeous.

Hiked this trail on a cool day-high 50s/low 60s all day-perfect hiking temp. I would agree with the moderate rating but add that it can be a tough moderate due to steepness in parts and need to watch the ground because of rocks and tree roots. But no scrambling up rocks using your hands which would make it more of a moderate/hard in my book. Lots of time to get lost in thought and enjoy the peace and quiet. Took me and my husband about 4 hours per the sign at the beginning. I will add that my hubby has some lung issues but did the hike slowly and was fine and totally enjoyed it. Spent time at the top eating lunch and climbing the fire tower. Several other small areas on the way also with views. The last mile up is the hardest and the hardest down. We really enjoyed this hike-enough of a challenge but not overly taxing in my opinion. Just be aware that you may have hiked up for 2.5 hours and find yourself at the fire tower with others who drove up the mountain!

Great area to walk and relax!

4 months ago

Parking on Victory Road is well labeled. the wooden walkway is very rotted out and broken through the bog and needs to be repaired. You will get muddy. Otherwise this hike is flat and easy. Not moderate.

road biking
4 months ago

A must do if you’re in town. Go North to North Beach , Leddy Park and the Causeway trail { *through the lake } and South to Oakledge Park. Amazing lake views for much of this trail, and decent shade as well. Please obey the traffic rules and pay attention - it’s a fairly heavily travelled trail in season, in sections.

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
4 months ago

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.

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!

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.

This is a well kept, well used path that is easy, accessible and beautiful. What a fabulous activity for Burlington.

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.

beautiful area to take a walk

Fantastic trail! The gorgeous views at the top are a great reward after the long hike. Today, in early August, parts of the trail closer to the summit were very muddy, so choose footwear wisely. For most of the hike, our bug repellant was adequate in keeping bugs at bay, but we stopped under a ski lift at the top and were driven away by intense swarms of gnats. Our senior dog joined us on the hike and all terrain was manageable for her. She loved the frequent crossing brook that she could wade in and drink from. The same brook runs alongside the start of the trail and features picturesque small waterfalls.

mountain biking
6 months ago

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.

Fairly flat, beautiful views, best on a hybrid bike.

7 months ago

Loved this trail for the first mile. After you have to walk on a road and then across a few busy streets. Very little to no shade coverage. At the trail head there is a Spector overflow that smells horrible!

This was a nice, moderate, hike, however, when we went in late May, the flies were TERRIBLE. Do not go here without bug spray. About the hike: there is a brook running through, you see some small waterfalls, the hiking is not very steep, except near the top, and it smells like Christmas trees! The sign at the trailhead suggests 4 hours. Due to being eaten alive by flies the whole time, we did not stop for any breaks, and we were up and down in about 3 hours. I wish we would have brought bug spray and would have been able to enjoy it a little more by going more slowly and taking breaks. The view at the top of the fire tower is awesome. It was cold and windy up there, but there were no flies!

Great new paving job since last we rode here!

Beautiful trail!! Love the scenery.

Absolutely beautiful bike path from Burlington out across Lake Champlain to South Hero. We did this during our long weekend in Burlington and it was by far the highlight! Once on South Hero we continued to Allenholm farm and orchards and then followed up with a stop at Snow Farm vineyard.

Tougher than I expected given the wet snow, well worth it for the view from the top of the fire tower!

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