The Champlain Islands, located between urban Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, VT retain a quiet rural charm. The landscape sports waterside farms, orchards, a vineyard and the longest sand beach in Vermont. Recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, paddling and biking abound.
In particular, the Champlain Islands are known for their many road biking options. The Lake Champlain Bikeways network includes over 992 miles of theme loops ranging in length from 10 to 60 miles along an array network of quiet country roads. Five loops in the Champlain Islands include “Island Life” (11.6 miles), “Stone Castles” (15.0 miles), “A Trail to Two Beaches” (17.5 miles), “Liquid Elixir” (11.7 miles), and “A legacy of Ancient Stone” (10.1 miles).
If you camp at Grand Isle State Park, you will also have free day access to Knight Point, Sand Bar, Alburgh Dunes and Sand Bar state parks, where swimming beaches, picnic, and parking facilities make great places to start, finish, or simply stop for a break when out on a ride.
Grand Isle State Park has tent, RV, (no hookups) cabins and lean-to sites, a campers beach, boat launch, and boat rentals (canoes, kayaks) available.
Bike route links:
Champlain Bikeways Directions
Champlain Bikeways Maps