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Getting Here and Around

Transportation

Making Connections

Franklin County Bicycling and Walking Guide

Visitors to the Rail Trail can explore Franklin County’s other walking and cycling opportunities. A guide to bicycling and walking opportunities in the County is available through the Northwest Regional Planning Commission and Lake Champlain Bikeways. This double-sided guide includes a highway-style map that shows the location of walking tours, trails, and on-road cycling routes and descriptions of each route. Cyclists can explore themed routes, such as “International Affairs,” “Covered Bridges,” and “Ship to Shore.” Walkers and hikers can explore Horseshoe Barn Road and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The guide is free of charge.

Contact: Northwest Regional Planning Commission, 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT 05478 Phone: (802) 524-5958 Fax: (802) 527-2948
Email: aadams@nrpcvt.com
Web: http://www.nrpcvt.com.

Bicycling and Walking Opportunities

Lake Champlain Bikeways
As part of a larger bicycle network known as Lake Champlain Bikeways, the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail is linked to a 350-mile route around Lake Champlain in Vermont, New York, and Quebec. Lake Champlain Bikeways has developed theme tours on existing roads and paths based on local history and natural resources. We support Lake Champlain Bikeways.

MVRT cyclists can connect to Bikeways from the St. Albans parking area.
Mile Travel Directions (R=Right, L=Left)

0.0 Begin at trail entry gates. Facing the parking area, turn R on Seymour Rd.
0.15 Turn L on US 7
0.65 Turn R on Lower Newton St. (traffic light)
0.12 Turn L on Federal St. (before RR tracks)
0.6 Turn R on Lake St./VT 36
0.85 Intersection with Georgia Shore Rd./VT 36 in St. Albans Bay. This is the Lake Champlain Bikeways route.

Contact: Lake Champlain Bikeways Clearinghouse, c/o Local Motion Trailside Center, 1 Steele Street #103, Burlington, VT 05401, Phone/Fax: (802)652-2453, Email: lou@champlainbikeways.org, Web: http://www.champlainbikeways.org.

A map of the route is available for a charge from Northern Cartographics, 4050 Williston Rd., South Burlington, VT 05403, Phone: (802)860-2886, Email: ncarto@together.net.

La Route Verte
MVRT bicycle riders can also connect to La Route verte, a 3,400-kilometer bicycle network which winds its way throughout the Province of Québec, Canada. Through the efforts of Vélo Québec and the Québec government, La Route verte (the green route) uses separated paths, paved shoulders, and quiet country roads to link the province’s regions and municipalities.

MVRT cyclists can connect with La Route verte at the Canadian custom’s station on VT 139 in Richford.
Mile Travel Directions (R=Right, L=Left)

0.0 Begin at the trail entry gates. Facing the street, turn L on Troy St./VT 105
0.45 Intersection with VT 105 & VT 139. Turn R on VT 139 (Catholic Church is on L)
0.65 Bridge over Missisquoi River
0.75 Intersection with River St./Province St./VT 139. Turn R on VT 139/ Province St.
1.3 Blue Seal Feed Plant on L
2.0 US Customs station on L
2.1 Canadian Customs station. Continue on 139 and look for La Route verte signs.

Contact: Vélo Québec, 1251 Rachel Street East, Montréal (Québec), Canada H2J 2J9, Phone: (514)521-8356 or 1-800-567-8356, E-mail: route_verte@velo.qc.ca. (English and French languages).

Snowmobile Links

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST)
Snowmobile riders on the MVRT can link to a 5,000-mile state-wide snowmobile network developed and maintained by the local clubs of the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST). VAST’s system links to trails in Canada, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts. The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail forms the spine of the Franklin County network.

To snowmobile in Vermont, riders must purchase a trail pass for their legally registered snowmobile through a local club. Vermont recognizes all valid state and provincial snowmobile registrations. The trail pass system (adopted in 1998) is called a TMA or Trail Maintenance Assessment. The TMA includes membership in VAST and a local club. Getting a TMA is usually best done in the area where you intend to do your trail riding. VAST can provide you with local club information. Snowmobiles are not permitted on streets and highways in Vermont.  VAST snowmobile trail locations may change. Call VAST for current information at (802)229-0005.

Contact: Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, P.O. Box 839, Montpelier, VT 05601, Phone: (802)229-0005, Web: http://www.vtvast.org.

Visitor Information

Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce
2 North Main Street, Suite 101
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802)524-2444
E-mail: fcrcc@verizon.net

St. Albans for the Future (SAFF)
City Hall, 100 North Main Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
Phone: (802)524-1500
Email: karen@StAlbansVT.info

Vermont Dept. of Tourism and Marketing
6 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-1301
Phone: 800-Vermont or 800-837-6668
Email: tourwebmaster@cda.state.vt.us
Web: http://www.travel-vermont.com

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
1100 17th Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202)331-9696
Web: http://www.railtrails.org

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