The good weather is so limited in these northern climates that everyone is overly excited about all good weather days and making the most of every outdoor activity, whether it be strolling down the block, picnicking at the park, or going for a bike ride. The Mississquoi Valley Rail Trail stretches 26.4 miles from St. Albans to Richford, and is a perfect example of Vermont’s outdoor recreational resources. The 10′ wide gravel trail traverses the rural agriculture lands of Franklin County, passing through a few towns along the way. The trail crosses highways a few times and rural dirt roads, but mostly it’s purely bicycles and pedestrians. You can access the trail in a few locations between St. Albans and Richford.
Because it’s a former rail line, the trail is mostly flat (at most a 3% grade). It makes biking the full 52,8 miles feel manageable. Somehow my friends convinced me to bike the entire route. On a perfect sunny summer day, how could I resist? If you’re in northern Vermont, it’s definitely worth a day trip. Rail trails are the best kinds of bike trails! Any favorites by you?