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Vermont Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Bike Tour

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  • Riding the trail with fall colors
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  • Vermont River
  • Pond views along the Lamoille Rail trail
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  • VT cheese
  • Mushrooms along the trail
DURATION
3 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
29 to 33 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
2-Easier to Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$1295
SINGLES ADD FROM
$350

Trip Overview

Embark on an unforgettable bike tour along the longest rail trail in New England – the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail – and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty of Vermont. Spanning 93 miles and connecting 18 towns from Swanton to St. Johnsbury, the trail offers a delightful ride for all. If you're looking for a peaceful three-day getaway, head to the Green Mountains, where you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings, farm-fresh foods and craft beer.

These trail sections have a rich history and natural beauty. The railroad was developed in June of 1877, serving various industries such as granite, limestone, gravel, grain feed, lumber, and Christmas trees. During your tour in the Green Mountain State, you have the chance to experience farm-to-table restaurants, picturesque B&Bs, scenic covered bridges, historic general stores, and much more.

Start with a shuttle from Burlington to the headwaters of the Lamoille River. Then cycle down the railroad grade to the Connecticut River on Day 1. Day 2 starts with a shuttle back to the elevation highpoint of the trail, then spend the entire day biking the railroad grade downriver. Day 3 starts with more pedaling along the Lamoille River, then you follow the gentle railroad grade to Swanton near the shores of Lake Champlain. The trip ends with a shuttle back to Burlington by 4 p.m.

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day – Walden to St. Johnsbury
Arrival Day | Distance: 19.5 miles | Terrain: Easier | Comfort Inn & Suites St. Johnsbury
The trip begins at 10:30 a.m. when you meet your leaders at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington, VT. For those driving, a pick up is also offered at the Park and Ride in Colchester, VT at 9:30 a.m. After brief introductions, shuttle to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in Walden. Stop in Hardwick for lunch along the way. Then have a bike fitting and start riding in Walden at the headwaters of the Lamoille River. Today’s ride is down the railroad grade to St. Johnsbury. You stay at a casual inn very close to the trailhead and have a chance to explore the historic downtown, including a brewery and dinner. Informally known as “Saint J.,” the town of St. Johnsbury is the largest town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and was one of the original New Hampshire Grants towns in 1760.
DAY 2 - Walden to Jeffersonville
Distance: 28 or 42.5 Miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Stoweflake Mountain Resort
Your ride today starts with a 30-minute shuttle back near the highpoint of the trail in Walden. You then travel along a picturesque route from Walden to Jeffersonville, covering more than half the width of beautiful Vermont. Today’s entire ride is downhill again, frequently crossing the Lamoille River. One highpoint of the day is riding through the Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge. It was one of the last operating covered railroad bridges in the U.S. Lunch is on your own. Our recommended lunch stop is at Lost Nation Brewery in Morrisville, which is right on the trail. You can opt to stop riding at this point and shuttle to the end of the day's ride.

Along the way, you pass working farms that produce maple syrup and dairy products. Many sell these delicious fresh treats at the farm. At the end of the ride, shuttle into iconic Stowe, Vermont, where you stay within walking distance of the famous Alchemist Brewery. Walk to dinner from the inn.
DAY 3 - Jeffersonville to Swanton
Departure Day | Distance: 31.6 miles | Terrain: Easier | No overnight
Begin your morning with breakfast in Stowe, then shuttle back to Jeffersonville. Today’s ride is away from the Lamoille River along a gentle railroad grade to the Missisquoi River Valley and downriver to Swanton. The day still has just 677 feet of climbing and continues to roll through Vermont’s farms and forests. Have lunch together after finishing the ride in Swanton, and then shuttle back to downtown Burlington where you started, arriving by about 4 p.m.

Map

Map of route

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Aug 16, 2024 Aug 18, 2024 $1295.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Aug 19, 2024 Aug 21, 2024 $1295.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve
Sep 09, 2024 Sep 11, 2024 $1295.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 12, 2024 Sep 14, 2024 $1495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Sep 27, 2024 Sep 29, 2024 $1495.00 1 to 4 spaces left! Reserve Reserve
Sep 30, 2024 Oct 02, 2024 $1495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Oct 09, 2024 Oct 11, 2024 $1495.00 Available! Reserve Reserve
Oct 12, 2024 Oct 14, 2024 $1495.00 Hurry! Filling up! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

2 nights' lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Shuttle from and to Burlington at one time each. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Aug 16, 2024
End: Aug 18, 2024
Cost: $1295.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Aug 19, 2024
End: Aug 21, 2024
Cost: $1295.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve
Start: Sep 09, 2024
End: Sep 11, 2024
Cost: $1295.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 12, 2024
End: Sep 14, 2024
Cost: $1495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Sep 27, 2024
End: Sep 29, 2024
Cost: $1495.00
Availability: 1 to 4 spaces left!
Reserve
Start: Sep 30, 2024
End: Oct 02, 2024
Cost: $1495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Oct 09, 2024
End: Oct 11, 2024
Cost: $1495.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve
Start: Oct 12, 2024
End: Oct 14, 2024
Cost: $1495.00
Availability: Hurry! Filling up!
Reserve

What’s Included

2 nights' lodging, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners. Shuttle from and to Burlington at one time each. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced guides, full van support — plus use of a bike and helmet. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Comfort Inn & Suites St. Johnsbury
This Comfort Inn & Suites® near Burke Mountain is an ideal getaway for families or solo travelers who want to enjoy year-round recreational activities. The hotel is in St. Johnsbury, allowing guests the chance to explore the best that New England has to offer, from ski slopes to cultural attractions to the natural beauty of the region.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
This hotel was voted the no. 2 best resort in the Northeast in the Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Readers Choice Awards! Founded in 1963, Stoweflake has grown from a modest motel into one of Vermont’s premiere resort and spa destinations.

Today guests can enjoy a decades-long tradition of Vermont hospitality that encompasses 120 upscale guest rooms and suites, family-friendly townhouses, a 50,000 sq. ft. nationally acclaimed spa and fitness center, dining venues and more!

Gallery

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Lamoille Valley Trail Trail curve Rider on Vermont trail 2 Lamoille Valley Rail trail Bridge on the trail Riding the trail with fall colors Jersey Cows VT Fall foliage in VT Vermont River Pond views along the Lamoille Rail trail Lamoille Valley Rail trail Flowers in Vermont VT cheese Mushrooms along the trail