Burlington Vermont Bike Path: Tips for the Fun Ride Along Lake Champlain

Burlington Vermont Bike Path: Tips for the Fun Ride Along Lake Champlain

Taking a ride on the bike path is one of the best things to do outdoors in Burlington Vermont! Also known as the Burlington Greenway, this bike trail goes along the beaches of beautiful Lake Champlain. After exploring Church Street and doing some hiking in the great state of Vermont, there’s nothing better than jumping on a bicycle to enjoy the scenery. So join us on the Burlington bike path for a fun day for all ages on Lake Champlain!

Vermont Travel Inspiration 

About the Burlington Vermont Bike Path

The paved pathway runs 8 miles from just south of Oakledge Park all the way to the Winooski River. The best part of the Burlington Vermont bike path is that it’s pretty much completely flat. That means most of the time you’ll be cruising smoothly along the water. The epic New England nature makes the Lake Champlain bike trail a must-do in spring, summer, and fall. 

*Even if you’re not up for riding, the Burlington Vermont bike path is a great place to take a walk! 

Burlington Vermont Bike Trail

Where to Start the Lake Champlain Bike Trail

While you can pick the Burlington bike path up at almost any point, the official start is Oakledge Park. There is plenty of parking here, and you can go to the end of the Burlington Greenway and back in less than 2 hours at a casual pace. However, many Lake Champlain bike path riders prefer to start from downtown Burlington… Especially if you need to rent a bicycle!

→ Oakledge Park Location

Lake Champlain Bike Trail

Renting a Bicycle for the Burlington Pike Path

There are multiple places to rent a bike in downtown Burlington. For the shop closest to the Burlington Vermont bike path, we recommend Local Motion Trailside Center. At the time of writing this, adult rentals cost $18 per hour or $38 for a full day.

For the best experience, you should take the bike out for the entire day or afternoon. This way you can take your time on the Lake Champlain bike trail, make plenty of stops, and enjoy your day to the fullest.

Burlington Bike Path

Beaches Along the Burlington Vermont Bike Path

The best part about the Burlington bike path is how much there is to see along the way! You could literally spend all day beach hopping through Burlington or stopping at the many viewpoints.

Our favorite thing to do is bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it at Texaco Beach, which is about halfway in between downtown and the Winooski River. Below we’ve listed our favorite beaches along the Lake Champlain bike path from south to north.

  • Blanchard Beach
  • Texaco Beach
  • North Beach
  • Leddy Beach
  • Starr Farm Beach

Lake Champlain Bike Path Beaches

Continuing on the Island Line Trail

Up for more riding after the Burlington Vermont bike path? Well, you should know the Burlington Greenway is part of the longer Island Line trail which is 13.4 miles in total. Once you cross the bridge over the Winooski River you can continue onto Colchester, through Mallets Bay, and to Causeway Park.

The Causeway is really amazing as it’s a small piece of land that stretches all the way out into the center of Lake Champlain. When you get to the end you can even take the Local Motion Bike Ferry across to Grand Isle! 

Lake Champlain Bike Path

Have any questions on the Burlington Vermont Bike Path or want to share your own experiences on Lake Champlain? Leave us a comment below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

 Where in the world are we? Follow our daily adventures on Instagram @nothingfamiliar

Where to Stay in Burlington Vermont

Fun Vacation Hotel Vermont Burlington – This rustic yet modern hotel is in the heart of downtown Burlington. Enjoy a stay close to Church Street, Lake Champlain, and all the great Vermont outdoor activities.

Lake View Courtyard Burlington Harbor – This gorgeous Marriot is located perfectly on Cherry Street in between downtown and the lake. Take in the views of Lake Champlain, eat at the onsite restaurant, and relax by the pool during summer. 

Great LocationHilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown – Spacious rooms and close to all the best things to do in Burlington Vermont. Also, amazing lake and mountain views! 

SuitesGreen Mountain Suites Hotel – Green Mountain Suites is a relaxing boutique inn situated just outside the city. Experience the Vermont country life while still being just a few minutes drive from downtown. 

For more places to stay near the Burlington Greenway you can explore the latest prices here!


Burlington Bike

USA Travel Planning 

 Information: Explore all our USA articles, amazing destinations around the world, travel planning tips, street food guides, and so much more.

 Flights: We always find great flights using Skyscanner and Kayak. This way you can plan your trip around the cheapest and most direct routes.

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as Booking.com and Agoda! Also, Hostelworld can be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

Rental Car: We use Discover Cars when traveling. Consider renting a car in one city and dropping it off in another for an epic road trip! 

Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for hundreds of activities around the country. Book a tour of Fenway Park in Boston, skip the line at the Empire State Building in NYC, or go on a Sea Cave Kayak Tour in La Jolla California! 

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered! We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Find all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists. Including our electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials

USA Travel

*We receive a commission for purchases made through links in this post. This allows us to continue our travels and keep providing great content to our readers! Also, as an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *