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Get Out!: The Island Line Trail 

Published August 21, 2015 at 9:01 a.m.

click to enlarge Sarah pulls Elise in a bike trailer along the Island Line Trail at sunset - TRISTAN VON DUNTZ
  • Tristan Von Duntz
  • Sarah pulls Elise in a bike trailer along the Island Line Trail at sunset

As cyclists-turned-parents, Tristan and I enjoy touring Vermont's many excellent off-road bike paths — like the Stowe Recreation Path, the Cross Vermont Trail (between Plainfield and Wells River), the Burlington Recreation Path and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail — with our 9-month-old daughter, Elise. But our favorite so far is the Island Line Trail. It runs 4 miles each way from Airport Park in Colchester to the end of a causeway that juts out into Lake Champlain. (Cyclists can go even farther into South Hero with the Local Motion Bike Ferry.) 

On a recent summer evening, Tristan and I pulled into Airport Park. We loaded Elise into her bike trailer, which was attached to my bike, and headed north on the path. The park was bustling with kids and families playing baseball, having picnics, and playing on a well-equipped playground. As we pedaled north, we met people going in both directions. Some were serious cyclists zooming along at top speed, while others were more casual riders, like a young couple on a date and several fishermen biking with their poles sticking out behind them.

We pedaled through a suburban neighborhood, then a lakeside community, and finally onto the causeway, which is a built-up path that runs on a flat, repurposed railroad bed into the middle of the lake. The path has water on both sides, and we noticed wildflowers tucked in among the rocks lining the trail and big, beautiful trees clinging to small patches of ground. Birds flitted all around us as we rode by. 

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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