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Description - The Central Vermont Rail Trail derived its name from the company which serviced the line and not the region of the railbed. The path is actually located in Franklin County which is in northwestern Vermont. The 27 mile trail is a multi-use trail open year-round.

Attractions - Located in Franklin County, the Central Vermont Rail Trail offers 27 miles of remote stunning Vermont scenery for those who enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The route is the former Richford branch of the Central Vermont Railway. Heading north out of St. Albans adjacent to SR 105, this wide easy grade route crosses Hungerford Brook and bypasses the town of Greens Corners. Traveling in a northeastern direction, the path parallels Sweet Hollow Road for several miles before encountering the scenic Missisquoi River. Paralleling the river, in conjunction with SR 105, the route travels into Enosburg Falls and beyond. Average elevation is 500 feet, remaining fairly constant from St. Albans to the terminus in Richford.

Recreation - The Central Vermont Rail Trail offers cyclists a wonderful experience accommodating all abilities. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians enjoy the route during the warmer months while snowy cold months attract cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers. All seasons provided scenic farmland views.

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 - The Central Vermont Rail Trail runs between the towns of St. Albans and Richford.

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

Additional Information:
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
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.

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