The first and foremost characteristic of the Byway is its ready access to Lake Champlain, the rivers which flow into it and numerous locations to explore nature. There are several state parks, marinas, public boat launches, public beaches and other points of access, making it easy for travelers to get out on the water. Activities include power boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and more.
The Byway also hosts numerous parks and natural areas with hiking and biking trails and campsites. Bike touring along its country roads or designated recreation paths is also popular. Even the Byway’s most populous communities contain several pristine areas conserved in perpetuity to enable resident and visitors the chance to relax in nature. Although quieter in the winter, the region offers several locations to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing and newer sports like Nordic skating and kiteboarding.
Outdoor Recreation Interactive Map
For a customized look at hiking trails, events, and other attractions along the Lake Champlain Byway, visit our Interactive Map and choose Recreation in the upper left. Get Started »
For detailed, activity-specific information, we invite you to visit the websites of organizations who are experts in various Outdoor Recreation pursuits:
- Biking, Hiking & Walking | Local Motion »
- Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddleboarding | Community Sailing Center »
- Lake Champlain Paddler’s Trail | Lake Champlain Committee »
- Fishing Derbies | Lake Champlain International »
- Mountain Biking | Vermont Mountain Biking Association »
- Outdoor Services, Adventure Travel, Rentals, etc. | Vermont Outdoor Guide Association »
- Snowmobiling | Vermont Association of Snow Travelers »
As well as key State Agencies: