Riding the Lamoille Rail Trail

Last weekend we stuffed our bikes into the car and drove over to Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. We parked at the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail off Route 5. There is ample parking and on Memorial Day there were 8 or so cars.

You don’t have to bike on this path, we saw people walking, running, and biking. It would also be good for stroller walking or running. The kiosk was inviting and easy to read, and there were plenty of maps for visitors.

We started our ride and immediately came to the first of several tunnels. Automatic lights turn on when you walk through the tunnels. We had one road crossing but from the look of the map and the 2.5 miles we biked, the planners of this bike path tried to avoid road crossings by using tunnels and bridges.

Several benches lining the bike path invite you to stop and enjoy the outdoors. We stopped at one to have a snack and then stopped at a picnic table further along. Alden was a trooper, biking about 2.5 miles one way.

There were lots of very interesting rock walls and wonderfully rich woods with red columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit, maiden hair fern, horsetails and ostrich ferns. One area also was home to some impressive maple trees.

This is a great biking path and we are glad we checked it out. You can continue further along the bike path to Danville, VT and there are plans to keep working on the trail, eventually making its’ way all the way to Lake Champlain!

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