The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is complete from Morrisville to Cambridge Junction.  It has been very popular for summer activities such as biking, walking and running, but is also popular for non-motorized users in the winter.  While the trail is open to snowmobiles when there is sufficient snow from December 15 through April 15 of every year, it is also open for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, hikers, parents pulling kids on sleds, fat-tire biking and other winter uses.  At times, it can become icy when there are thaw-freeze cycles, but it can still be used if you have cleats on your shoes.

There are trailheads with parking in Morrisville at Oxbow Park, in Hyde Park at the Depot Street Extension, in Johnson at Old Mill Park, and Jeffersonville near Cambridge Junction Road.  There is also parking at the Cambridge Community Center trailhead on Old Main Street in Jeffersonville, with access from the Village of Jeffersonville to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail via the Greenway Trail.

I commute to work on my bike during non winter months over part of the rail trail and I have found that there are other commuters as well.  The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail affords people the opportunity to exercise on a smooth, stay-mat path without having to deal with the dangers and hassles of motor vehicle traffic.  There are very few road crossings and there are restaurants close to the rail trail, such as Lost Nation Brewing in Morrisville.  Plenty of Vermonters as well as out-of-state residents have discovered the joy of biking along the rail trail and stopping for food or beverages at Lost Nation and other places along the trail.  Check out Chuck’s Bikes on Bridge Street in Morrisville for any type of bike or accessory.  Chuck’s Bikes is close to the trail near Tomlinsons.

As many Vermont exercise fanatics know, there aren’t many places where you can run, cycle or ski without encountering hills (not that there’s anything wrong with that).  The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail provides a nice, gradually sloping alternative with many sections that are virtually flat.  I encourage anyone that has not checked out the trail to do so, no matter what the season.  And for those just starting to exercise it offers a safe and pleasant way to begin those first steps.