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Overall Length – 26.4 miles

Sheldon to Enosburg Falls

The trail parallels the Missisquoi River offering scenic views of river rapids, quiet pools, working farms, and Jay Peak. Look for fox, deer, and other wildlife. Three crossings of VT 105.

Historic Sheldon
Miles 5-9
SheldonThe trail parallels Sweet Hollow Road and travels through the village of Sheldon Springs. South of the village, trail users must cross VT 105. Always use extra caution on VT 105. Services are available in the village along VT 105. Snowmobiles are not permitted on Vermont roadways. North of the village, the trail ducks into a sweet-smelling pine forest.

Sheldon acquired considerable importance as a summer resort in the 1800s due to the town’s abundance of mineral springs. Springwater was bottled for distribution and was marketed as a remedy for cancer, scrofula, and other diseases of the blood. Large hotels, some containing up to 100 private rooms, were erected throughout the town and “furnished in a style of first class city hotels.” (Vermont Historical Magazine). Sheldon Springs became a mill town in 1894 when Joseph Shipley began producing ground wood pulp at the Missisquoi Mill. The ownership of the mill has changed throughout the years, but the mill itself remains a stable employer for the community. Housing originally built for mill workers is readily identifiable in Sheldon Springs along VT 105 due to its repetition of design.

After Sheldon Springs, the landscape is filled with cultivated fields and pastureland. Enjoy a scenic view of the Missisquoi River from the historic railroad bridge in Sheldon Junction or a rest stop at the picnic table. Hidden in the grass east of the railroad bridge and across from Bourdeau Brothers business is the railroad junction for which this small village was named.
The Central Vermont Railway (the Rail Trail) transported milk and other agricultural products from Richford to St. Albans. In Sheldon Junction, it crossed the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railway, which extended from Swanton to New Hampshire. The State of Vermont and its partners are currently working to convert the abandoned St. Johnsbury line into a rail trail as well (future Lamoille Valley Rail Trail).

River Rapids
Miles 9-12
HeronThe trail hugs the Missisquoi River. VT 105 can be a noisy neighbor at times, but scenic views of the Missisquoi River rapids and Jay Peak make you forget the noise. Artists often use this segment of the trail to paint landscapes. In June, colorful wildflowers line the trail.

Private homes abut the trail near mile 10. Please stay on the trail and respect the privacy and property of trail neighbors. Use extra caution when crossing VT 105. Snowmobiles can connect to the VAST system near mile 11.3.

Corn Alley
Miles 12-16
Corn AlleyIn summers, this segment can be described as “corn alley” because the trail is lined by rows of corn on both sides. Franklin County farmers grow corn and other grains for silage to feed cattle. Silage is any variety of fermented, coarsely chopped grain. It provides a nutritious feed for livestock. Silage is stored in concrete-lined bins or in fields under long, plastic-tarped rows.

This sunny section provides a relaxed ride. During haying, generally early July, you may be lucky enough to see the hay baler at work around mile 15.5. This dynamic machine spins and rotates large round hay bales while encasing them in white plastic. The plastic protects the bales from winter weather for outside storage. Be sure to stay on the trail, especially if the baler is at work. Safety first! Use extra caution when crossing VT 105 west of Enosburg Falls.

Agricultural Changes – Fields, barns, and silos are a familiar part of the Franklin County landscape. The dairy industry is a major part of our economy. Dairy farms produce milk for people to drink. Agriculture-related industries convert milk into cream cheese, cheddar cheese, yogurt, and yogurt-based beverages. Although the number of farms has steadily declined during the last 20 years, the remaining farms have become larger, in both acreage and number of cattle. You’ll also find orchards and sheep, goat, and vegetable farms in Franklin County. Farms keep our hills and valleys open and encourage visitors to travel to our beautiful countryside.

Service Information

Historic Sheldon (Miles 5 - 9)

Sheldon Springs (Mile 7.5)

Restaurant – Devyn’s Restaurant & Creemee Stand is on VT 105.
Convenience Store, Deli, Ice Cream – The Sheldon Mini Mart and Pauline’s Quick Stop sell convenience items. Pauline’s and Devyn’s make deli sandwiches and sell ice cream.

Restrooms, Phone, Water – Pauline’s makes its restrooms, public telephone, and water available to trail users. The Sheldon Mini Mart will fill water bottles and allows trail users access to its restrooms. Devyn’s will fill water bottles and make its restrooms available to trail users.

Bicycle Rack, Picnic Table – The Sheldon Mini Mart has a bicycle rack. Devyn’s has picnic tables.

Gas, Maps, Air, ATM – Gas and travel maps are available at Pauline’s and the Sheldon Mini Mart. Pauline’s has an air pump. The Sheldon Mini Mart and Pauline’s Quick Stop have ATM banking.

Sheldon Junction (Mile 9.0)

Parking – A trail parking area is located at mile marker 9; please do not block traffic to adjacent businesses.

Convenience Store, Deli, Ice Cream – Mrs. Bubba’s Quick Stop on VT 105 makes deli sandwiches and sells convenience items and creemees.

Snowmobile Repair, Bicycle Repair Supplies – Bruce King’s Auto Sales sells small repair items for snowmobiles.

Restrooms, Information, Water, Picnic Table – Mrs. Bubba’s offers water for filling bottles, makes their restrooms available to trail users, and permits trail users to use its picnic tables. A picnic table is located on the west side of the bridge at approximately mile 8.75. Mrs. Bubba’s has travel information.

Air, Maps, ATM – Bruce King’s has an air pump available during business hours. Mrs. Bubba’s has travel maps for purchase and an ATM.

Restaurant – The Sheldon Casino is next to the trail on Casino Road and is open for Sunday brunch.

River Access – Mrs. Bubba’s has access to the Missisquoi River.

River Rapids (Miles 9 - 12)

Parking – The Abbey Restaurant permits trail users to park in their lot (accommodates trailers). For courtesy, please park off to the side. Parking is also available off Kane Road next to the trail. State-owned parking areas are available ¼-mile east of the trail on VT 105 (trailers) and off Kane Road across the Missisquoi River (trailers).

Information, Picnic Table, Bicycle Rack, Bench – The Kane Road parking area has an information kiosk, bench, picnic table, and bicycle rack. The Abbey Restaurant has a bicycle rack and picnic table.

Restaurant – The Abbey Restaurant is between VT 105 and the trail near mile 10.75.

Restrooms, Phone, Water – The Abbey Restaurant offers water for filling bottles and makes its restrooms and telephone available to trail users.

Corn Alley (Miles 12 - 16)

Picnic Table – A picnic table is located near mile 12.5.

Enosburg Falls (Miles 16 - 17)

Parking – Enosburg Rentals (Pleasant Street) and the Somerset Inn have opened their parking areas to trail users. Parking is available along the trail on Depot Street. The Enosburg Rentals’ lot accommodates trailers.

Information, Bench – During warm weather, you can enjoy seeing beautiful flower gardens at a house west of the village. Trail information is located in the sign-in box at the driveway. A bench is located near mile 16.4. A picnic table is located near mile 16.6.

Restaurant – Downtown: Park Side Grill, Enosburg House of Pizza, Mandarin Garden, Leon’s Café, Halvy’s Café, and the Somerset Inn on Depot Street. The Enosburg Country Club is north of downtown on VT 105.

Convenience Store, Deli, Ice Cream – Park Side Grill has deli items. Uncle Floyd’s sells convenience items and ice cream. Halvy’s and Park Side Grill make sandwiches to go; Halvy’s sells ice cream in bowls. The Udder Delight on Main Street sells ice cream and creemees during the summer. Enosburg Mobil has convenience items and ice cream.

Restrooms, Phone, Water – Enosburg Mobil makes its restrooms and water available to trail users and has a public telephone. The Enosburg Country Club, Larose’s, Halvy’s Café, Mandarin Gardens, Enosburg House of Pizza, Leon’s Cafe, Somerset Inn, and Enosburg Rentals (on Pleasant Street) make their restrooms and water available. Park Side Grill and Uncle Floyd’s will fill water bottles.
A public telephone is located on Main Street in front of the Enosburg House of Pizza, and at the Enosburg Country Club. Enosburg Rentals allows trail users access to their business phone.

Gas, Maps, Air – Gas, travel maps, and an air pump are available at Larose’s and Uncle Floyd’s. Enosburg Rentals has an air pump. Enosburg Mobil has travel maps for sale, gas, and an air pump.

Lodging – The Somerset Inn is located on Depot Street. Berkson Farms is a Bed and Breakfast located on VT 108, north of downtown.

Snowmobile Repair – Enosburg Rentals on Pleasant Street repairs snowmobiles.

Special Stories

Train Derailment Closes Track!

DerailmentThe Central Vermont Railway (now New England Central Railroad) has had its headquarters in St. Albans for over 100 years. The Richford Branch of the railway (the Trail) connected to Canada, shipping boxcars of Blue Seal feed and farm-fresh milk in both directions. In June 1984, a derailment on the trestle in Sheldon Junction left a locomotive dangling over water and severely damaged one trestle span. The derailment, combined with declining rail traffic, contributed to the permanent closure of the railway.

Fenian Raids

Fenian RaidsAfter the Civil War in 1866 and again in 1870, Irish patriots attempted to invade Canada and force Britain to negotiate the independence of Ireland. In 1870, they were repulsed between Franklin and Cook’s Corners. Fenians gathered in St. Albans and marched via Sheldon to the border. Fenian is a term used since the 1850s for Irish nationalists who oppose British rule in Ireland. They were stopped by Canadian arms and U.S. authorities. The threat of the Fenians encouraged support for the Confederation Movement in Canada. A plaque on the VT 105 bridge in Sheldon Junction notes the Raids’ place in Vermont history.

Lake Carmi State Park

Lake CarmiLake Carmi is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within Vermont. It is 7.5 miles around, averages about 20 feet deep, and is 33 feet at its deepest point. Water from the lake drains north into Quebec’s Pike River, then south into Lake Champlain. The 588-acre State Park includes more than two miles of lake frontage on Lake Carmi. Facilities include boat rentals, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, playground, and swimming. Vermont State Parks offers a one-night reservation policy for cyclists by advanced registration only. For more information, contact them at (802)879-5674.

Lake Carmi Bog Natural Area

This large, 140-acre peat bog dominated by black spruce and tamarack has an understory of typical bog plants. There is a nearby cattail marsh, meadow, and forest. Lake Carmi Bog is a designated State Natural Area.

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