Lake Champlain Bikeways
Bicyclists are quickly discovering some of the finest cycling in
North America along a 1,187- mile network of bicycle routes, known
as Lake Champlain Bikeways, in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont,
New York, and Québec. The network includes a total of 27
loops and tours ranging from 10 to 47 miles in length, in addition
to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the
entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec.
Based on a rich array of natural, cultural, and historic themes,
these loops meander along quiet back roads through extraordinary
mountain and countryside scenery.
With growing national interest in bicycle tourism, Lake Champlain
Bikeways, a public/private partnership, is quickly expanding its
bicycle route network while serving as the information clearinghouse
on bicycling opportunities in the Champlain Valley.
Cyclists who ride in the Champlain Valley know it has all the
right ingredients for a premier bicycle touring destination: peaceful
country roads, picturesque villages, breathtaking scenery, charming
B&B's and inns, country stores and farmstands, bicycle tour
outfitters, impressive historic sites and museums, lovely shoreline
parks and campgrounds, convenient connections to passenger rail
lines and ferry crossings, and access to numerous lakes and rivers.
What is a Lake Champlain Bikeways Theme Loop?
A Lake Champlain Bikeways Theme Loop is a bicycle route of the Lake
Champlain Bikeways network named for the natural and cultural characteristics
of the landscape it passes through. Using existing roads, themes
loops generally range from 20-40 miles in distance and often link
natural, cultural, historic, and recreational sites and attractions.
As a side loop of the 363-mile Lake Champlain Bikeways principal
route, theme loops offer opportunities to explore the hamlets and
hinterlands of the Champlain Valley. Important facilities and services
that provide touring cyclists with food, water, parking, restrooms,
and accommodations exist on all Lake Champlain Bikeways theme loops.
Through the development of a Lake Champlain Bikeways network,
bicycle loops with themes such as the Valley of Forts, the Great
Falls of the Basin, the Orchard Loop, the International Loop, the
Rolling Farmsteads Loop, and many other natural, cultural, historic,
and agricultural theme loops will characterize one of the finest
bicycle touring destinations in North America. Working with communities
and businesses interested in economically benefiting from bicycle
theme loops, Lake Champlain Bikeways hopes to complete a network
of 2,500 miles of loops in the Champlain Valley by 2005. To reach
this goal, a substantial amount of local support and outreach is
Why are Theme Loops Better?
The Lake Champlain Bikeways Steering Committee is convinced that
there is tremendous potential to create enticing bicycle theme loops
in the Champlain Valley. Rather than basing the Bikeways network
on a generic system such as a numerical system (i.e. loop #1, 2,
3, and so on), or a geographical system (i.e. northwest loop, south
loop, etc.), Lake Champlain Bikeways will base them on intriguing
and characterizing themes. We believe that linking the diversity
of natural, cultural, and historic resources found in the Champlain
Valley will add immeasurably to the richness and charm of our network.
The resources and amenities of the Champlain Valley landscape offer
wonderful opportunities to create bicycle loops that are interesting
and informative. Local and visiting cyclists alike will better learn
about the area, and appreciate the features that make it so unique.
This, we believe, is the key to a successful network - for economic,
community, cultural, and educational reasons. Those communities
looking for ways to culturally enrich and economically strengthen
themselves stand to benefit from this network of bicycle theme loops,
especially if they participate fully in its conception, planning,
Make a donation to Lake Champlain Bikeways! Lake Champlain Bikeways
is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are fully tax deductible.
Lake Champlain Bikeways Clearinghouse
c/o Local Motion Trailside Center
1 Steele Street #103
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-BIKE phone/fax
Disclaimer: Users assume all risks, inherent and not inherent,
in the use of materials recommending routes of the Lake Champlain
Bikeways network and all affiliated organizations, and individuals
disclaim any and all liability on their part for damages or injuries
to persons or property should they occur. Routes are chosen, designated
and/or signed because: they are popular, or are preferred, or provide
continuous routes to destinations, or are lightly traveled, or are
scenic, or have more room for cars and bikes, or possess a combination
of these attributes.
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- Crown Point History
- Penfield Homestead
- First Congregational Church of Crown Point
- Lake Champlain History
- The War of 1812
- Ticonderoga 1804 - 2004
- Schroon Lake 1804 - 2004
- Town of Moriah
Area Places of Interest
- Lake Champlain Bikeways
- Lake Champlain Birding Trail
- Fishing in the Adirondacks
- Adirondack Sport Fishing
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
- Continuing Education
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