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Gain new perspective on Lake Champlain and the mountains as you ride from Burlington down to the Charlotte Ferry before crossing the lake to Essex, NY.
Distance 32,1 km
2:00 h.
241 m
298 m
121 m
27 m
Enjoy a classic Vermont cycling day as you bid Burlington adieu and head south to rejoin the lakeshore at one of its ferry terminals.  Departing Burlington near Church street, an eclectic mix of couture, cuisine, and counter culture, you’ll ride along the Burlington Bikeway, keeping the lake, and on a clear day, views of the Adirondack Mountains in sight for much of the ride.  At times, you’ll depart from a shoreline path to snake through quiet neighborhoods and across playgrounds and parks.  Don’t miss the opportunity to ogle at the 360-degree view as you climb up onto spear street; you’ll see the Green Mountains of Vermont to your left, and the Adirondacks across the lake to your right. For those of you interested in a mid-ride dip, pack your towel, and wade or jump in at Charlotte Beach, just before you cross through a covered bridge. Finish the ride at the Charlotte ferry terminal where you may find you gain new perspective as you head across Lake Champlain to Essex, NY.

Note de l'auteur

If you’re looking for food or water en-route, the best place to stop is in the town of Shelburne, which is approx. your halfway point on today’s ride. After this point, there is no place to purchase food until Essex, unless you divert to Charlotte town center (about 1 mile off the route described below).
Niveau physique
Point le plus élevé
121 m
Point le plus bas
27 m
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Consignes de sécurité

The Burlington Bike Path is a popular spot for walkers, runners, serious cyclists, and first-time cyclists, alike. Use caution, and always use verbal commands to let someone know you are passing (“on your left!”).  The path intersects with many small roads, so make sure you obey all traffic signs (stop signs, especially) as not all motorists know to look out for cyclists along the route.

You will be most visible when wearing high-visibility clothing, such as a neon cycling vest.

Please keep both hands on the bike at all times.

Always wear your helmet when riding.

Be cautious when approaching railroad tracks. Consider stopping to walk your bike across the tracks. Some track crossings note that trains do not blow their whistle as they cross.  You will cross tracks at 0.4 miles, and at the 3- mile mark today.

Always ensure you carry enough water, especially as there are stretches where water is less-readily available.

Painted lines on the road become slippery when they are wet.

Obey traffic laws in all areas. This means riding on the right-hand side of the road, and braking at all stop signs and stop lights.

Carefully monitor the condition of the shoulder as debris may appear after accidents, rain, or wind.

Use verbal and non-verbal commands to let others you may be riding with and vehicles know when you intend to stop, slow down, or turn.

Control your speed on all descents.

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

Food and Drink

Penny Cluse Café

This brunch spot always has a line, even before it opens! Enjoy hearty servings of brunch classics, or satiate your Vermont cravings by enjoying a delicious bowl of homemade granola with yogurt; you can’t go wrong!

Hen of the Wood

An upscale, locally-sourced, fan favorite, Hen of the Wood offers food with flare in their new, Burlington location.

Muddy Waters Café

Stop by for a classic caffeinated cup, or pick up a pastry to go!

Shelburne Country Store 

This classic country store has been operating as a general store for over 125 years.  Originally built as a cobbler shop, the store now features many fine local products, crafts, food, and drink. 

Fiddlehead Brewery

Located just off route (.2 miles to the left at the intersection of Marsett Road and Rt. 7), this New England-style brewery shares its premises with a delicious Pizza joint (open at 11 am).

Old Brick Store

Located at the top of the hill on Ferry road, about 1 mile out of your way, just across the blinking light, the Old Brick Store offers the hungry cyclist many local options of both the sweet at savory variety.


Interesting or Noteworthy

Church Street Marketplace

Inspired by the transformation of Copenhagen’s main shopping district, the beloved Church Street Marketplace spans two city blocks and has become a popular model for urban redevelopment, including the popular Pearl Street, of Boulder.

Ethan Allen Homestead

Visit the Ethan Allen homestead to learn about colonial life in New England at this historic site, home of Vermont’s founding father, open seven days a week.

Samuel de Champlain Statue

Visit the statute commemorating the man who gave his name to Lake Champlain, an explorer of the Great Lakes and Canada

Charlotte Beach

Stop by for a quick dip on your way to the Ferry, or simply marvel at the unobstructed view of the Adirondacks from this waterside vantage point just before the covered Bridge on Lake Road.  

Shelburne Museum

A museum of art and design with over 150,000 works exhibited in a collection of historic exhibition buildings, many of which were preserved and relocated to the museum’s grounds.  The museum is open daily from 10am- 5pm, and is just off the tour route, so an easy stop!


Hotel Vermont, Burlington (90 m)
Coordonnées :
44.479133, -73.217213
44°28'44.9"N 73°13'02.0"W
18T 641778 4926637


Charlotte Ferry, Charlotte


0.00 Miles TURN LEFT out of Hotel Vermont to head toward the lake, then TURN LEFT at the stoplight onto Battery St. keeping the lake to your right

0.30 Miles TURN RIGHT onto College Street at your first light

0.40 Miles TURN LEFT onto the bike path. You will follow the green shading on the pavement after crossing the Railroad tracks.  *be careful crossing the tracks; consider walking your bike across

1.60 Miles TURN RIGHT At the end of the path to stay on the Champlain Bikeway. You will see painted biker signs on the road, and the lake will still be on your right

1.70 Miles TURN LEFT on Proctor Place to return to the bike path. The turn is well-signed for the Champlain Bikeway

2.20 Miles BEAR LEFT toward the parking lot, and follow Champlain Bikeway signs across the lot. BEAR RIGHT at the far edge of the parking lot to return to the path (a sign says "Authorized Vehicles Only")

2.50 Miles BEAR LEFT onto Austin Drive following Bikeway signs when the trail ends.

2.70 Miles BEAR LEFT as Austin Drive becomes Austin Place; you will see a Bikeway sign in .1 miles.

3.00 Miles STRAIGHT ON across the Railroad Tracks *Consider walking your bike

3.40 Miles STRAIGHT ON across Route 7 at the light, keeping Walgreens on your left as you ride through Eastwood Commons Development. You will see a Shaws on your Right.

3.70 Miles BEAR RIGHT to follow the bikeway sign onto Eastwood drive. You should cross under an overpass in about .1 miles.

4.00 Miles TURN LEFT at the traffic light on Swift Street, and quickly TURN RIGHT into the parking lot for Retina Center. You will see Farrel Park behind the office building and rejoin the bike path at the park, heading uphill.

4.20 Miles BEAR LEFT at the baseball diamond to follow the Champlain Bikeway, keeping the playground on your left

4.80 Miles STRAIGHT ON as a trail enters from the left.

5.00 Miles BEAR RIGHT onto Stonehedge Drive to follow bikeway signs into the neighborhood

5.10 Miles TURN RIGHT to rejoin the Bikeway, following the signs

5.15 Miles BEAR LEFT to stay on bike path; don't take the trail to the right

5.30 Miles BEAR LEFT at the tennis courts to remain on the Champlain Bikeway

5.80 Miles TURN LEFT onto Deerfield Road as the bike path ends (uphill). There will be a Champlain Bikeway sign at the top of the hill.

5.90 Miles TURN RIGHT onto Spear Street at the stop sign at the top of the hill. The Green Mountains will be on your left, and Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks are on your right.

8.70 Miles TURN RIGHT onto Webster Road at the stop sign. You will be following Bikeway signs

9.80 Miles BEAR RIGHT to follow the Champlain Bike route signs

10.00 Miles TURN LEFT at the light onto Shelburne Street, Route 7 South.

10.80 Miles BEAR LEFT at the light onto Falls Road. Shelburne Country Store (Bathroom! Food! Coffee!) will be on your Left.

11.50 Miles TURN RIGHT at the stop sign onto Marsett Road, following the Bikeway signs up a small hill

11.90 Miles STRAIGHT ON at the stop light as Marsett Road becomes Bostiwick Road. Shelburne Museum is a short detour to your Right.

15.40 Miles TURN RIGHT onto Lake Road to follow bikeway signs. Do not Continue Straight on Greenbush Road.

18.60 Miles TURN RIGHT from Lake Road onto Ferry Road

19.50 Miles BEAR LEFT to follow the road signs and pavement towards the ferry

19.90 Miles BEAR RIGHT to follow the bend in the road towards the ferry. End at the ferry.


Wait at the Ferry terminal for your luggage since you will transfer this over along with your bike. After you take the Ferry across to Essex, NY, you will exit the Ferry drive and turn left to get to your Inn for the evening. 


Toutes les notes sur les zones naturelles


44.479133, -73.217213
44°28'44.9"N 73°13'02.0"W
18T 641778 4926637
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Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer. Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge for any navigation unit and/or mobile phone you are using.

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