reprinted from Seven Days – Local Matters
By Ken Picard [04.28.10]
For more than a decade, outdoor enthusiasts have gazed longingly at the former railroad line that runs between Swanton and St. Johnsbury, contemplating its enormous recreational potential.
The 93.2-mile railbed, which is currently owned by the state, traverses scenic stretches of three counties and 20 municipalities in Vermont’s northern tier. It also intersects several existing recreational trails, including the 26-mile Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail at Sheldon Junction. Once completed, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, as it’s called, would become New England’s longest year-round recreational trail and the “backbone” for a network of trails statewide. (more…)