Regional Guide

Northern Vermont & Lake Champlain - Biking

Test your endurance on a Vermont classic: the Mad River trail. This 25-mile tour of the state's dirt roads and bumpy old Jeep trail is a challenge at best, but the views make it worth the sweat—think wide stretches of farmland, clear rivers, rural homes, and lush mountains.

Bike the Champlain valley. With 350 miles of marked bike routes and vast array of quiet backroads, this area around Burlington is perfect for a bit of two-wheeling. The landscape ranges from wild lakeshore to gentle farmland. And as Vermont's largest city, the Burlington area offers a full range of accommodations and eating options.

Bike around Stowe. The town widely known for its gargantuan ski resort is also home to a project designed to develop mountain bike trails. Start with Elmore Mountain Road, a 12-mile loop that offers up classic New England views-from quiet farmland to lush, green hills.

Head to Bolton Valley for the highest rides the state has to offer. This area near Burlington features 62 miles of trail that sit 3,000 feet above sea level. Plan your trip early, and you may be able to nab the cabin for an overnight on the hill.

Explore the old Vermont. A 15-mile loop from Craftsbury to Albany Center and back serves up a taste of old Vermont, also known as the Northeast Kingdom, an area replete with small towns, church spires, and rolling farmlands.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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