The South Burlington Rec Path is a network of paved paths through the southern part of the city, totaling 24 miles. The paths are a patchwork, with some road sections as connectors, and the whole thing is a bit of a work in progress. The paths incorporate a variety of landscapes, including woods, suburban residential, and some open countryside. A highlight is Overlook Park on Spear Street, which offers stunning views of Lake Champlain twice during this out and back (perfect excuse to take a quick break to take in the views). This section is hilly. TRAIL MAP
Our route covers 7 miles round trip of this path, starting at South Burlington High School, which has a large parking lot open to the public during non-school hours. From there you’ll go down Dorset Street, with a serious climb in the beginning, making your first mile tough but rewarding. At the end of the bike path on Dorset Street, you cross over into Nowland Farms neighborhood which leads to Overlook Park. You’ll join back onto the bike path from there which leads to Szymanski Park, your turn around point. This loop highlights the prettiest views in South Burlington.
Add-Ons: Many more miles of path to explore. Best to use this map as a resource. Also connects to the Queen City Bike Path on the west side of Rt. 7, which leads to Oakledge Park and the southern end of the Burlington Greenway/Island Line Trail.