Run Where I Live: Burlington, VT

Danielle at Live Run Grow recently had the brilliant idea to do a series of “Run Where I Live” posts and do a link up. I wasn’t able to participate on the day (Monday) because of my Prague trip, so now I’m doing a little piggy-back on the idea. Make sure you check out Danielle’s initial post so that you can follow along and find all of the other participants all over the country (and Australia too!).

I’m very lucky to live in Burlington, VT. This small city boasts myriad places and options for outdoor activity, especially if you’re a runner. I’m going to highlight just a couple of my favorite places to run in and around Burlington.

island-line-burlingtonBurlington Bike Path/Island Line Rail Trail

This is my favorite place to run, and not just because it’s minutes from my apartment. The Burlington Bike Path extends along the waterfront of Lake Champlain for 8 miles, passing marinas, restaurants, a science museum, and beaches. It ultimately links up with the Colchester Causeway north of the city for even more mileage and views. There are manyΒ entry points all over the waterfront, so it’s incredibly accessible. The views can’t be beat, and it’s super well-maintained and very safe. Almost all of my runs happen here. To get there: You can access the bike path from many areas, but to start at the “beginning,” head for Oakledge Park at the bottom of Flynn Ave.

Ti-Haul Trail/Shelburne Bay Park Rec Path

I just discovered this trail when I joined the Lake Champlain Running Club a few weeks ago, and I wish I’d found it sooner. This trail follows the route that the steamboat Ticonderoga was hauled across from Shelburne Bay to its final resting place at the Shelburne Museum.The trail is packed gravel and well-shaded, but not too isolated, which is good for me, because I’m a weenie about trail running by myself. It connects with the Shelburne Bay Park Rec Path, with is more dirt trail, and boasts some gorgeous views of the bay.Β To get there, drive south on Rte 7 and turn down Bay Rd. Parking is on the right past the boat launch. Ti-Haul Trail starts across the street.

South Burlington Rec Path

This one is a little weird, because it’s lots of different pieces that go through neighborhoods, forested areas, and crosses busy streets. There are some really nice little sections that I like to repeat (Farrell Park, for instance), and they get you out of the city. To get there: Depends on where you want to go and what conditions you want. Farrell Park is a nice, hilly, wooded section off of Swift Street.


If you’re in town and looking to get in a track workout, there’s no shortage of high school and university tracks to take advantage of–Burlington HS in the North End, Rice HS in the South End, and UVM up at the top of the hill.

Fleet Feet

If you’re looking for a group to run with, the Fleet Feet in Essex Jct. hosts group fun runs that set out from the store on Saturday mornings at 8. Β Fleet Feet VT–76 Pearl St, Essex Jct VT, 05452

Lake Champlain Running Club

Another option for group runs is the LCRC. They run from Fleet Feet in Essex on Thursday evenings at 6, and from the Shelburne Athletic Field House on Saturday mornings at 9. The group is run by a RRCA certified coach, and has lots of great people, myself included!


Vermont may not be a big state, but there are plenty of opportunities for racing. Our most notable race is the Vermont City Marathon, which takes place on Memorial Day weekend every year. My favorite resource for finding races to run is Running in the USA, but I also run a lot of races with RaceVermont and the Green Mountain Athletic Association.

If you’re ever in the Burlington, VT area, make sure you email me so I can show you around!

Have you ever been to Burlington?

19 thoughts on “Run Where I Live: Burlington, VT

  1. golddh says:

    Really cool post, I like the idea. Maybe I’ll do one soon – however, having just moved makes it a bit tough to be so informative. I’m assuming fall runs with the leaves are pretty special there.

  2. Run Colby Run says:

    Welcome to the Tour!! Such a great idea from Danielle! I’m so glad you posted. I love, LOVE Burlington. The running, the lake and of course ALL THE BEER. πŸ™‚

  3. SuzLyfe says:

    I’ve heard that the Burlington Marathon is so much fun–Erica said that it is in the shape of a cloverleaf, so you get to keep running through town, and that the small town atmosphere is awesome.
    And you know I’m down for the beer.

  4. txa1265 says:

    I LOVE Burlington … my best friend (for the past 48 years, anyway) had an older brother who lived there and we went with his older sister to visit when I was ~9. Another trip up when my brother was at Dartmouth, another to visit some friends in college … and finally a vacation there about 5 years ago. Gorgeous area.

  5. allisonfiorini says:

    I have never been to Burlington – but I visit southern Vermont often (Bennington) and love it up there. I might need to do a post like this for my area! Loved reading about where you go!!

  6. Darlene says:

    I’ve only been to Burlington once for the VCM relay. I loved it. I want to go back. Hopefully next year to run the relay again.

  7. charissarunning says:

    Sounds like a great place to live and run in πŸ™‚ I especially love running by water so the bike path along the waterfront sounds like a dream!

  8. dgobs says:

    I’m jealous of all those cool places to run! Especially the first bike path, that sounds awesome. I’ve never been to Burlington, but it’s high on my list of places to visit… and I need to check VT off my list of states I’ve run in! πŸ™‚

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