Seven Daysies Awards: Best place to bike, 2022

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Best place to bike 

Colchester Causeway

click to enlarge Colchester Causeway - JAMES BUCK
  • James Buck
  • Colchester Causeway

Colchester Causeway — Lake views — on both sides — for miles. That's likely what clinched a Daysie for the Colchester Causeway Path, where nature meets infrastructure in the middle of Lake Champlain. Built in 1901 as part of the Rutland Railroad, the old Island Line is now a flat, wide rec path that hosts bikers, walkers, strollers and fisherfolk.

Flanked by giant quarried chunks of granite and marble, the state-owned gravel strip starts where the Burlington bike path leaves off, in Colchester, and continues to a break in the causeway that allows boat traffic to pass through. A seasonal ferry bridges the gap, connecting bikers to great riding in the Champlain Islands and points north.

Just remember: That wind on your back will feel different on the return trip. Benches, picnic tables and fishing access points are great reasons to stop along the way. 

Other Finalists

  • Burlington Greenway
  • Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
  • Stowe Recreation Path

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