Work is finally about to start on a four-season recreation trail proposed to span northern Vermont. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail has been on the drawing board for over a decade, and on Friday there was a ground-breaking ceremony in St. Johnsbury.
From 1877 to 1994, trains rumbled through this corridor between St. Johnsbury and Swanton. Now the railbed is covered with weeds. But in a few years, organizers, including the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, or VAST, hope it will be a gravel thoroughfare for all kinds of travelers- on foot, bikes, snowmobiles, skis, horses—even dogsleds.
At the groundbreaking, Senator Bernie Sanders recalled the many financial and regulatory obstacles that have slowed progress. But he sees a bright future for the scenic multi-use trail.