Over the weekend Dave and I biked from Burlington to the Champlain Islands on the Island Line Trail. Built in 1900 by the Rutland Railroad, the former rail bed is now a popular Vermont bike path.
One of the best parts of the trail is the Colchester-South Hero Causeway, a narrow stretch that crosses Lake Champlain. While biking (or walking) the 2.5-mile Causeway, you'll see panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks and be surrounded by a wide expanse of open water. You'll also spot people fishing, swimming and snorkeling on both sides of the Causeway as you peddle by.
Another reason to bike the Island Line Trail is the Bike Ferry, which transports passengers and their bikes across a 200-foot gap in the Causeway near the southern tip of South Hero. The ferry offers service on weekends from July 3 to Labor Day.
Dave and I ended up biking 30 miles round-trip on the Island Line Trail and beyond, which was a record trek for us. Even though we were a bit sore and exhausted afterward, it was one of the best days we've had all year.
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The Bike Ferry