When in Vermont, Take a Walk Around the 'Sixth Great Lake'
It’s not quite the wide-open ocean, but it sure feels pretty big when you can barely see New York State and the Adirondacks in the distance. They call Lake Champlain the sixth great lake—and according to Wikipedia it actually was for a bit in 1998—and it sure feels that way when you’re standing along its shores. A visit now probably isn’t quite the same as it is in the summer, but strolling or riding along its shore on the bike path is certainly a welcome distraction.
Be sure to bundle up, as the wind off the lake isn’t the warmest of welcomes. However, once you’re basically numb you can no longer notice the chill, and you’re just able to focus on the waves, the rocks, and the water—the ducks seem to downright enjoy it. Heading south out of town is the best option as it points you in a more scenic direction, and it eventually leads you all the way over to one of Burlington’s hidden attraction—the earth clock.
We say its worth the walk, as where else are you going to find a roughly 40-foot diameter stone circle with a whole bunch of large stones doing their thing around the edge—kind of like a compass. Stand in the center facing west and certain stones mark the horizon to where the sunsets at solstices and equinoxes. We’d imagine this is a good spot to bust out some yoga moves or tai chi actions, and you can even keep track of time thanks to your shadow just by standing in the center of the circle.
All in all the entire bike path does its thing for around seven and a half miles between the southern end of Burlington to the where it meets up with the Winooski River right above the city. It’s kind of a good option to burn off some of those calories—or just to build up even more of an appetite—after scoring some of those foodie finds.