Causeway Park Trail

Colchester

TOWN OF COLCHESTER
Parks & Recreation
PO Box 55 Colchester, VT 05446
(802)655-0822
Hiking Trail Bicycle TrailHuntingCanoeingFishingCross-Country SkiingSnowshoeingWheelchair accessable

Open for public use - about 4 miles

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Topo map from TopoZone Web Site USGS Topographic map of Colchester

The location of the Colchester Station has not been determined, however, it is presumed to be near the end of Airport Road.

Approximately 4 miles of the Rail-trail is currently open for use as the Causeway Park Trail. Scott Hamlin's Malletts Bay Web Site contains the following additional information about the trail:

What follows is supplementary information to Scott Hamlin's Web Pages noted above!

Burlington Bikeways proposal for the Champlain Rail Trail:

Books about the trail:

A 3.2 mile section of the Trail within Colchester from Airport Park to the site of the Point Allen Drawbridge is described in section 28 of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more. 

GPS Waypoint File

Because there is virtually no risk of inadvertantly wandering off the Rail-trail, a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver can not be justified for reasons of personal safety. However, a GPS receiver would be useful in alerting the user to each significant point along the trail and otherwise monitoring progress towards the destination. Usage of a GPS receiver would also be helpful in returning from all departures from the trail, precisely noting points of interest along the way, and choosing the wisest course of action in an emergency situation.

Since the Rail-trail follows an abandoned railroad bed that are well documented on the DeLorme Atlas of Vermont as well as the USGS Topographical maps, a waypoint route file for the rail-trail has been relatively easy to create from maps that have been reproduced on a carefully calibrated CD-ROM. Accordingly, the following GPS Waypoint file has been created from the USGS topographic maps on the Maptech Terrain Navigator CD-ROM. The Webmaster anticipates that the FREE Demo version of this software available at the Maptech Web Site can easily be used to upload the waypoint files to a variety of consumer grade GPS receivers for use on the bikeway without ever purchasing the associated CD-ROM. Note however that these files are comma delimited ASCII files that can also be easily examined using any Web Browser or loaded into a spreadsheet program for further manipulation if desired.

The datum for this file is presumed to be WGS 84.

Picnic TablesPicnic Shelter Ample parking, flush toilets, drinking water, trash buckets, picnic tables, picnic shelter and a playground are available at Airport Park on Colchester Point Road. The western end of Airport Park is the junction between the Causeway Park Trail and the Bike Route to Delta Park (as well as the Winooski River Bike Ferry).

Parking A small parking lot was noted just southeast of the Mills Point Road crossing, about a mile down the trail from Airport Park. 

The nearest food service and grocery store was observed near the corner of Porters Point Rd, Heinburg Dr, and Primm Rd, at that point of departure from the Lake Champlain Bikeway!

Bus Stop The Chittendon County Transit Authority (CCTA) North Avenue bus line (Weekdays & Saturdays) is the closest available public transportation to the Causeway Park Trail. Note that all CCTA busses have bike racks! When the Winooski River Bike Ferry is running, the suggested route is via Bike Route to Delta Park, the bike path through Delta Park, s the Winooski River Bike Ferry, a short section of the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway, then North Street to the end of the bus line. Otherwise, trail users are advised to follow the Lake Champlain Bikeway South from the corner of Heinburg Dr. and Primm Rd in Colchester to a bus stop sign on North Street between Turf Street and Starr Farm Road. 

Train StationBus StationFerry The Burlington Waterfront Bikeway page details the regional public transportation options available to trail users in the Greater Burlington area. The Chittendon County Transit Authority (CCTA) North Avenue bus line and connecting busses (Weekdays & Saturdays) provides a connecting bus service.

Bicycle TrailHiking Trail The Lake Champlain Bikeway passes through Colchester on Heinburg Dr. and Primm Rd. 

Lodging Mrs. Farrell's Home Hostel  at 27 Arlington Court in Burlington is listed at the Hostels.com Web Site.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce offers visitor information on the Web for the Burlington Area. Visitor information is also available at:

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce 
60 Main Street, Suite 100, Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 863-3489

Point of interest Listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
251 Burlington Rouses Point, NY 1963 RUT 40
From the Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994 in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:


Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.

Updated on August 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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