Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, Saint Albans: Address, Phone Number, Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
4.5
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Juanita W
76 contributions
Jun 2021
Vermont does a great job maintaining state parks and the rail trail is not an exception. I wish I could have found more information about the trail. There are so many sections, it would have been nice to be able to figure out the features of each. Other trail users were courteous.
Written June 28, 2021
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ablasen57
Connecticut31 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I have ridden the MVRT on three different trips, most recently in July 2019. It is one of the best of many bike paths I have ridden over the years. The scenery is beautiful. The trail passes through farm country, woodlands, and river valley. The trail surface is unpaved, but mostly well-maintained stone dust - watch out for an occasional pothole. I would say a hybrid bike is ideal, but really, it can be comfortably ridden with any but the skinniest-tired bike. (For you bike geeks, at least 700cx28, or 26x1.25 tires).

If you are cycling at a leisurely pace, there aren't a lot of towns along the way to refuel. Enosburg is about the midpoint and has places to eat and a natural foods grocery.

For an overnight, the best place to stay would be St. Albans, VT, accessible easily on I-89 or by Amtrak. Richford is more limited in tourist facilities and attractiveness. If you are so inclined, a nice overnight trip is to ride from St. Albans, cross the border at Richford, and ride another 6 or so miles to Sutton, Quebec. Sutton is a lively tourist town, lots of accommodations and eateries. For road bikers the area around Sutton is loaded with good, though challenging, cycling routes,
Written August 2, 2019
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CollegeDadFor2
Oneonta, NY97 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The rail trail is a great place to experience a walk, run or bike ride without having to deal with traffic and noise. Free parking is available at the trail head as well as at spots along the route.
The trail is very smooth and easy to traverse. Road crossings are well marked for safety, and there are mileposts along the route so you can tell how far you've gone. Depending on how far you go, you will see nice Vermont farmland as well as beautiful wooded areas and various wildlife along the route.
This trail is a real gem, we are so glad that we found it and hope to come back again for a longer walk.
If you are in St. Albans you should definitely check out the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail.
Written April 17, 2019
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Felixberto E
Coventry, CT328 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
On a cloudy day in Vermont, my wife and I, started our bike trail on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail at Sheldon Junction, signed the trail book. This trail starts on a slight upgrade, hard rock/gravel road. It is packed very nicely, and our bikes are road types, handled this trail okay! We passed-by
corn fields, various farms, and all along the Missisquoi river, winding/meandering river! Our final distination was Enosburg Falls, about 8 miles one way. The cows and horses we see along the way, thru forests and farm houses, the ride so challenging and exciting all along this trail.
At Enosburg Falls, we found a real nice cafe, had lunch of salads, iced tea and hot coffee! We explored this small town, seen the Falls, the railroads. The sun was shining on and off during the entire ride, the ride back to our vehicle was equally nice and mostly downhill this time! A family with younger children could ride this trail, and could also ride longer past the trail we did!
Written June 30, 2012
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Emily K
Mehoopany7 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Very disappointed with this trail. The first section out of St. Albans is nice until you end up at a big agri chemical silo facility. The air is very dusty, stinky and toxic. There should have been a warning about this facility. The off trail lunch spot only gluten free option besides a pizza is a salad.

The second segment of the trail is eerie. Lots of bee friendly flowers like clover and bee balm along the trail, it's pretty, but it appears big ag pesticide residues may be killing insects, so it's not a place I want to ride. We didn't see one bee! They recently spread a chemical manure mix on the fields, it was quite heavy odor which made breathing difficult. On the way back, the farmer was actually spreading this chemical manure mix in a field along the trail. It's not like normal manure, we live in an Agricultural area that's not factory farming so we never smelled anything like this. The odor was in our hair and clothing as soon as we got off the trail we had to shower and air out our car and bikes. This after taking the precaution to start 2 miles away from the chemical silos.

Very disappointing. We came to VT specifically to ride this trail. We didn't bother to finish it and rather than stay for the 2 weeks to do this and other activities, the presence of big ag, factory farms simply ruined our trip. Tourism isn't compatible with factory farming. This needs to be disclosed because asthmatics may find this a difficult vacation destination. We returned home a week early.

If you want to ride a trail in a similar rural setting and visit quaint rural towns, come to PA, ride the Pine Creek Rail Trail and visit Wellsboro and other small towns in the region. You'll be in a much cleaner and healthier environment!
Written July 16, 2019
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Fay K
Massachusetts204 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Water is high and many areas normally accessible without a boat are not. No bugs! Manu nesting birds, make sure you look at the tops of the leafless trees to see huge Osprey nests.
Written May 7, 2019
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Glenn
Buffalo, NY32 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
My wife and I made this trip for the Burlington bike path. We did that for 2 days (lots of traffic) but ended up on this rail trail 3 days. Nice crushed stone trail; great with our street bikes. Going through mountain glens, country farms, historic cemeteries and along a great river. This trail had it all - and with moderate slopes. Highly recommend it!!
Written July 10, 2017
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Thank you so much for the review, thanks for visiting the area.
Written July 12, 2017
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Sandy F
Enosburg Falls, VT18 contributions
May 2017
The rail trail is a great place to walk, jog, bike ride, walk your dog (on a leash, please, still in the Village).
Written May 23, 2017
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Gary B
27 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We rode in mid September and temps were comfortable. Keep in mind that stone dust trail requires more effort than pavement. Starting from Rte. 105 and Kane Rd. intersection, we went to Richford and back. Took advice of others and stopped at Devyn's Creemee stand in Enosburg Falls. Huge serving by Amy! She was super friendly and sweet. Richford eating establishments limited to deli counters in gas stations.
Written September 21, 2016
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lori n
Fairfield, VT6 contributions
Jun 2015
This trail has beautiful vistas and is never crowded. Easy biking along the Missisquoi River. Have an ice cream at the end.
Written September 15, 2015
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