Vermont Rail Trails

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Explore booming mountain views, and quintessential New England villages.

A family walking their dog on the Vermont rail trails in the snow.

Welcome to the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

With its bucolic setting, quiet river nooks, booming mountain views, and quintessential New England villages, the Missisquoi Valley is one of Vermont’s true treasures. The New England Central Rail Line has been connecting the communities of the Missisquoi Valley since 1886— first by train and now by multi-use trail corridor. The 26.4-mile trail wanders through the villages, farms, forests, fields, and wetlands of Franklin County at a railroad’s pace: slow, steady grades with sweeping bends.

For the full length of the Trail, you’ll see the postcard images of Vermont you’ve grown to love. Interspersed between our historic village centers, you’ll also find the families and working landscapes that created and continue to support this spectacular scenery. Come visit us and explore the MVRT!

Trail Facts
Length:26.4 miles
Surface:Crushed stone, pavement
Seasons:4 - all
Towns:7
Difficulty:Easy
Elevation:≤3%

    MVRT Overview Map

    Wherever you go on the MVRT, 26.4 miles of smooth gravel await you. Those peaceful ribbons of smooth gravel and pavement that connect you to Vermont in both simple and powerful ways. Whatever your passion, MVRT takes you on a laidback journey through the sights, sounds, and flavors of Vermont.

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    Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

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    REGIONAL PARKING INFORMATION

    Where do I park?

    Public parking and trail access can be found at the following locations:

    WHAT IS IT?

    Quick questions about the MVRT

    Safety First – Yours and Ours!

    Whether you walk, ski, or ride, a trip on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail takes you into the heart of Northern Vermont’s agricultural open lands. The Trail wanders through the farms, forests, fields, and wetlands of Franklin County at a railroad’s pace – slow, steady grades with sweeping bends. For the full length of the Trail, you’ll see the postcard images of Vermont you’ve grown to love. You’ll also see the families and working landscapes that created and support this spectacular scenery. Please respect the privacy and property of the Trail’s neighbors at all times and keep the Trail free of trash and debris.

    Trail Segments

    Planning Your Visit

    The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail (MVRT) is a hidden gem set within the rolling hills along the Missisquoi River. This multi-use trail offers a wide variety of year-round user experiences. There are 6 official trailheads along the route creating opportunities for an out and back or point to point ride.

    For more information, visit https://www.mvrailtrail.org/

    Sheldon to Enosburgh

    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.

    Enosburgh to Richford

    The trail parallels the Missisquoi River with outstanding views. The landscape offers a nice mix of sunny farmland, shaded forests, and quiet wetlands. Good segment for bird watchers. Multiple crossings of VT 105.

    St. Albans to Sheldon

    Open, quiet farmland from St. Albans to Green’s Corners. Beautiful wetlands and pines with some residential areas from Green’s Corners to Sheldon. Few road crossings, mostly of gravel roads.

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    Vermont Rail Trails*** May 9, 2023