One of our favorite things to do in the Newport-Derby area is walk, run and bike on our Bike Path. It runs from Downtown Newport up the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog on an old railroad bed right to the Canadian Border. There’s a parking access in Newport and also at the Johns River fishing access in Derby.
It’s generally packed gravel, so hybrids or mountain bikes work best, although we’ve seen plenty of road touring bicycles on the path.
There is some amazing scenery, some wonderful birding, especially in the wetland areas, and some spectacular views of Lake Memphremagog as you head north. Here are some photos of the Bike Path in the Fall with some of the views from the bike path along the way.
We know we are biased, but we just happen to think this is one of the most beautiful bike paths in all of Vermont. Spring, Summer, and Fall it is busy with walkers, runners, and bikers. In the winter, parts of it serve as a cross country ski trail linking to miles and miles of additional trails maintained by Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation. We love this combination of bike path and ski touring trails that in the summer the area offers a 10 mile bike path and trail run, The Harry Corrow Freedom Run.
Directions: Beginning at Vermont State Office Building in Newport ride over the wooden railroad bridge North along the newly paved bike path. When you reach the railroad underpass turn left on Landing Street, then right up the hill until the trail departs from the street again. The trail once again follows the street along Veteran’s Avenue, left on the Bluff Rd, and right on Prouty Drive where the trail again follows the old rail bed almost to Canada.