A covered bridge, a historic stone house and museum (see Historical Notes below), glacial lakes and views of Lake Memphremagog and Canada from the heights along roller coaster Coventry Station Road are some of the highlights you'll come across on this Orleans County backroads bike loop tour.
Take the time to stop for a swim in Lake Parker at the southern tip of this bike ride in Glover. This freshwater lake is just over one mile long and one-half mile wide and is a popular spot for fishing and swimming. The southern end of the lake is a natural estuary in which waterfowl can be observed. The surrounding countryside is quintessential Vermont dairy cattle country.
Attempt the entire route in one day or make it a two day bike tour by arranging overnight stays in an inn or B&B in the picturesque towns of Irasburg, Coventry, Barton or West Glover. Campgrounds are available in Barton.
While you are here, take the time to enjoy the Orleans Country Fair in Barton, which is usually held in mid August. This is an old-time agricultural county fair with entertainment and fun for everyone.
The Bike Route: (P) : Paved / (UP) : Unpaved
Start: Depart Irasburg on combined routes 14 North and 58 West (P) and travel for about 1.2 miles and head STRAIGHT on Back Coventry Road (UP) where Routes 14 North and 58 West divide.
4.5 miles: Back Coventry Road (UP) becomes Covered Bridge Road in 4.5 miles at the Coventry town line. Pass through the Lower Covered Bridge ( see historical note below).
6.4 miles: Go straight on Main Street (P) in Coventry, and in another .3 miles, turn left on combined Routes 14 North and 5 North (P), then make a right on Coventry Station Road (P). In about 100 yards. It shortly becomes unpaved.
9.2 miles: Keep STRAIGHT on Coventry Station Road (UP) at Airport Road. Cross the railroad tracks in 0.6 miles. Becomes Moulton Road (UP) in 2.1 miles at the Brownington town line.
12.0 miles: Head right on unpaved Parker Road. In another 2.2 miles make a RIGHT on Hinman Settler Road (UP) which becomes paved in 1.5 miles. You'll come to The Old Stone House Museum, located on the left, in Brownington in 1.8 more miles (see Historical Note below).
After your visit to the museum continue STRAIGHT (left) on paved Hinman Settler Road which shortly becomes unpaved and in another 1.1 miles becomes Churchill Road at the Barton town line.
16.4 miles: Make a LEFT on paved Rt. 58/Willoughby Avenue, then a RIGHT on unpaved Hollow Road in 0.1 mile. It will become a paved road in 3.1 more miles.
19.7 miles: Make a LEFT on paved Maple Hill Road and cross the railroad tracks in 0.2 miles.
20.1 miles: Take a LEFT on Route 5 (P). In another 0.4 miles make a right onto paved Route 16 in Barton. Keep going for 0.7 more miles and make another right onto Roaring Brook Road (P).
24.0 miles: Turn RIGHT on paved County Road in West Glover and in another 0.1 miles head RIGHT on unpaved Stevens Road which will become West Glover Road (UP) in 2.5 miles at the Irasburg town line.
29.5 miles: Turn LEFT on Burton Hill Road (P)and travel for another 0.8 miles, turn right on Creek Road (P).
30.6 miles: Arrive in Irasburg!
Lower Covered Bridge
The 86 foot Black River Bridge, also known as Lower Covered Bridge was originally built in 1881 and spanned the Black River just over the Irasburg town line. It was one of three Paddleford truss spans still surviving in Vermont and the only one supporting regular daily traffic. On the night of November 1, 1997, vandals burned it down. The bridge was reconstructed using the pattern typical of the Paddleford truss used in the original bridge and re-opened on Monday, November 29, 1999.
Old Stone House Museum
The Museum is located in the Brownington Village Historic District, amidst 19th century homes and a church, surrounded by farmland. The Old Stone House was built as a school dormitory in 1834-36.It now houses 25 rooms of exhibits focussing on 19th century life in northern Vermont. The collection includes furniture, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, and many of the tools and utensils of daily life.
109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT 05860
For more information:
Northeastern Vermont Development Association
Phone: (802) 748-5181