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Alburg Recreational Rail Trail

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Description - Nestled in the remote northern area of Vermont, this relatively short multi-use trail is a birder's paradise. It was once the railbed for the Central Vermont and Rutland Railway and today offers recreational use to hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.

Attractions - The Alburg Recreational Rail Trail offers 3.5 miles of hard-packed cinder and gravel pathway along the shores of the beautiful Lake Champlain.

Recreation - This wonderful multi-use trail was once the former Central Vermont and Rutland Railway. Today the relatively short path is available to hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, birder's enjoy the path for its remote access to waterfowl nesting areas. The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is moments away.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - Travel US 2 from Burlington which will island hop you northbound to Alburg. Parking is available in the town of Alburg and along SR 78 between Alburg and Alburg Center.

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Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, 111 West Street , Essex Junction, VT, 05452, Phone: 802-879-6565

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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge - Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge consists of quiet waters and wetlands which attract large flocks of migratory birds.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website


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