Vermont July 30, 2018
Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Vermont
Hiking the abandoned railroad beds through Vermont provide easy strolls with fantastic scenery. These hikes are family-friendly even for the youngest of kids. We have a favorite rail trail that hugs a lake giving way to wonderful water views. Let’s take a look at the spectacular Beebe Spur Rail Trail.
Following the defunct Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad line, the Beebe Spur Rail Trail stretches from Newport to the Canadian border.
Begin your journey at the south end of the trail in Newport. You'll pass a small pond where you'll catch a glimpse of a much bigger body of water in the background.
The gravel path is just four miles in length and hugs the shore of Lake Memphremagog for most of the way. Take in the expansive scenic water views.
Near the northern end of the trail before the three-mile mark, there is an informational kiosk. Enjoy a break at the picnic table and drink in the majestic scenery of blue water against the mountain backdrop.
The rail trail then ambles away from the lake and passes the northern parking lot for the pathway. You'll arrive in residential Derby, which is no longer a border crossing. Enter Canada by walking 1 1/2 miles to Beebe Road.
During any season, the trail is a great spot to take a break. Fall foliage explodes in a stunning palette of color in the autumn.
During snowy months, the old railroad trail is often used for cross country skiing and fat tire biking.
Stoll the flat gentle surfaces of this rail trail for a scenic hike that is a great fit for any age. And as you take in the stunning Lake Memphremagog, keep your eyes peeled for the
legendary monster that might be lurking beneath the surface.
For more information on the locations of the trailheads, visit the
Have you ever hiked the Beebe Spur Rail Trail? There are plenty of trails to explore in Vermont and some of our favorites are this
waterfall staircase hike, this short overlook trail, and this ice bed trail.