The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) is a four-season, multi-purpose recreation and transportation corridor across Northern Vermont. The full route of the trail extends across five counties, a total of 93 miles from St. Johnsbury to Swanton.
The State had previously contracted with the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) for construction and maintenance of the LVRT and had relied on assistance from towns along the trail, private donations and VAST’s own investment to fulfill those efforts. VAST has already completed more than 33 miles of the trail.
The Legislature has approved funding to accelerate the completion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). As proposed in the Governor’s FY21 budget, the allocation totals $2.8 million, which will be matched by $11.3 million in federal funds, to complete construction of the trail by the summer of 2022.
The 60 unfinished miles will run through the towns of Hardwick, Walden, Wolcott, Morristown, Cambridge, Fletcher, Bakersfield, Fairfield, Sheldon, Highgate and Swanton. The LVRT serves as the connecting spine to several other significant recreational trails in Vermont and Canada, including the VAST snowmobile trail network, the Long Trail, the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and the Cambridge Greenway. When completed, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New England.