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  • Allegheny Highlands Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 24.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) follows the original route of the West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway, built by Henry Gassaway Davis in 1884. For 24.5 miles this exceptionally scenic trail provides panoramic views of the West Virginia ...
  • American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)

    State: CA
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in ...
  • American Tobacco Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NC
    Length: 22.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The American Tobacco Trail extends uninterrupted from Durham more than 22 miles south through Chatham County to its southern terminus in Wake County. In 2014, a bridge for the trail over Interstate 40 opened, linking the formerly disconnected ...
  • Ashuelot Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 21.2 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Given its covered bridges, historical aura and abundant wildlife, the Ashuelot Rail-Trail (a.k.a. Ashuelot River Trail) has plenty to offer. The 21.2-mile route follows the corridor of the Ashuelot Railroad, which operated from 1851 to 1983, ...
  • Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you are looking to augment your physical workout with some intellectual exercise, look no further than the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail. The scenic, paved, 13-mile community trail is brimming with history lessons and boasts a solar system ...
  • Banks-Vernonia State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Banks–Vernonia Rail Trail is 21 miles of paved trail between the two Oregon towns of, what else, Banks and Vernonia. The trail links these town with other stops in between—Manning, Tophill, Stub Stewart, Beaver Creek and Buxton—providing ...
  • Bike and Hike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 33.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bike & Hike Trail is a rambling, rolling 33.5-mile rail-trail peppered with bridge crossings and neighborhood road riding in both a rural and suburban setting. Unlike most flat rail-trails, this route has delightful dips and rises, but small ...
  • Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 25.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Gravel

    The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River Canyon, passing numerous historic sites such as ...
  • Blackstone River Greenway (RI)

    Rail-Trail

    State: RI
    Length: 11.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) represents a big undertaking in this tiny state: The 11.8-mile trail is the largest open segment on a nearly 50-mile corridor that will eventually connect Providence ...
  • Blackwater Canyon Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    In 1888, the Blackwater Canyon Trail, located in the Monongahela National Forest, was used to haul coal and lumber through this stunning canyon. Today, remnants of this history still remain just outside of Thomas in the form of coke ovens that ...
  • Boreas Pass

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 21.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Just ride up and stay on the main road, it winds up through neighborhoods, watch for cars! it will eventually turn into a dirt road, shortly after theres another parking area u could use if you want to start further up away from town. continue ...
  • Burke-Gilman Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WA
    Length: 18.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Burke-Gilman Trail, managed by the city of Seattle and King County, stretches from Puget Sound east to Bothell. Built in the 1970s along part of the original Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway corridor (later Northern Pacific and then ...
  • Capital Crescent Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DC, MD
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The 11-mile Capital Crescent Trail follows the route of the Georgetown Branch rail line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It begins in Silver Spring, Maryland, east of the Rock Creek Trestle and curves westward and south through Maryland into ...
  • Chief Ladiga Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: AL
    Length: 33 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In northeast Alabama, the nearly 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail is a regional playground that passes through welcoming towns and pastoral landscapes. Following a former CSX railroad corridor, the rail-trail is named for the Creek Indian leader who ...
  • Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NE
    Length: 195 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Portions of the Cowboy Trail are closed because of damages from flooding of the Elkhorn River in 2010. Please refer to Nebraska's Game & Parks website for updates. The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, or for short, the Cowboy Trail, stretches ...
  • Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: TN
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Whether you're after a picnic, a leisurely stroll or a brisk bike ride, the 6.5-mile Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail (a.k.a. Ashland City Rail-Trail) will enchant you as it meanders past lively streams and waterfalls, across misty wetlands ...
  • D & L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 25.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    When coal was discovered in Summit Hill in the late 1700s, a rush of development ensued in the Lehigh Valley. Josiah White and the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company constructed a series of dams and canals in the early 1800s to move coal to ...
  • Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NY, VT
    Length: 23.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Delaware & Hudson Rail-Trail quietly rambles over the rolling hills and farmland of western Vermont along the state’s border with New York, dipping into its western neighbor at the community of Granville. It traces an old Delaware & Hudson ...
  • Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 68 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Note: Periodically parts of the trail become impassable from floods and other damage. For updates on trail conditions, visit the Canal State Park website. The Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail follows the towpath of the canal, which ...
  • Delta Heritage Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: AR
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    When complete, the Delta Heritage Trail State Park will stretch 84.5 miles, including 73 miles on a former railroad right-of-way donated to the state by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. As of 2014, 21 miles of the trail are complete between ...
  • East Bay Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: RI
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Rhode Island's best-known rail-trail, the East Bay Bicycle Path, hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. The 14-mile paved path accommodates a wide variety of users. Markers ...
  • Elroy-Sparta State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The history of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is almost as fun as the ride. In its prime this section of the Chicago and North Western Railroad supplied markets in Chicago and Madison with goods from Minnesota, northern Iowa and the Dakotas. Countless ...
  • Fairfield Loop Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Fairfield Loop Trail forms a 16-mile ring around the town of Fairfield, mostly in the outlying areas of the countryside. The trail links two major preserves and connects city and county parks. Along the way you'll pass through woodlands, ...
  • Flint Hills Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KS
    Length: 117 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone

    The Flint Hills Nature Trail runs for 117 miles (east-west) across northeast Kansas, linking six counties and dozens of towns between Osawatomie and Herington. The rail-trail is the 7th longest in the United States, but many sections remain ...
  • Fox River Trail (IL)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 43.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Fox River Trail features 43 miles of spectacular biking, hiking and cross-country skiing along the scenic Fox River. The paved path can be challenging at times, but the extra pedal pushing is rewarded with some impressive scenery along the ...
  • Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: FL
    Length: 42.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    One of Florida's most popular and unique urban pathways, the Pinellas Trail stretches from St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs, connecting several county parks, coastal areas and communities. Its multiple access points, mile markers and parking ...
  • Fred Meijer Heartland Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 41 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The story of the 41-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Trail is one of generosity, dedication and can-do attitudes. Fred and Lena Meijer helped purchase the abandoned corridor in 1994, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy held it for safekeeping and a very active ...
  • Frisco Highline Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The 36-mile Frisco Highline Trail connects Springfield to Bolivar, winding its way through Missouri farm country along an abandoned rail corridor. The 8-mile section from Springfield to the north end of Willard is paved. Continuing north toward ...
  • George S. Mickelson Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: SD
    Length: 109 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Named in honor of the former South Dakota governor who crusaded for the trail before his death in a plane crash in 1993, the George S. Mickelson Trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont 114 miles to ...
  • Glacial Drumlin State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WI
    Length: 51.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Note: Trail passes are required year-round for cyclists and inline skaters, ages 16 and up. You can buy them at self-registration stations on the trail or at select parks and private businesses. The passes are good for all state trails. Hikers ...
  • Glen Carbon Heritage Bike Trail (MCT Heritage Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Caution: As of September 2013, the westernmost 8 miles of the trail are closed due to trail reconstruction, from the trail’s terminus at its intersection with the Madison County Transit Nickel Plate Trail in Glen Carbon to the Silver Creek Bridge. ...
  • Grand View Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NM
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    The Grand View Trail is an easy trail constructed along portions of the abandoned Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad grade. It winds through pinon and juniper and offers a breathtaking vista of desert, mountains and sky. Trail markers ...
  • Great Allegheny Passage

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD, PA
    Length: 150 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Now the longest rail-trail east of the Mississippi River, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) spans two states in its course along great rivers and across mountain passes. Running from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, ...
  • Greenbrier River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WV
    Length: 77 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    West Virginia's beautiful Greenbrier River Trail is one of America's premier rail-trails and popular with bicyclists, hikers, walkers and cross-country skiers. Most of the trail runs along the gorgeous Greenbrier River and passes through picturesque ...
  • Heartland State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 49 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Heartland State Trail is one of many long-distance trails managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. When established in 1974, it became one of the first rail-trail conversions in the country. The nearly 50-mile trail connects ...
  • Henry Hudson Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NJ
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel, Sand

    NOTE: A section of trail from Popamora Point to the Atlantic Highlands Marina has been reopened after storm damage, but the trail is primitive in this section and there may be icy, wet, or muddy conditions. Please also watch for construction ...
  • High Line

    Rail-Trail

    State: NY
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Concrete, Grass

    The High Line rail-trail is an urban marvel, stretching 1.5 miles and towering almost 30 feet above street level through several neighborhoods in the lower west side of Manhattan. The first section of the High Line was opened in 2009 and ...
  • Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park "The Rail Trail"

    Rail-Trail

    State: UT
    Length: 28 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Concrete

    The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a 28-mile, high-elevation trail that follows Interstate 80, from the charming streets of Park City through the smaller communities of Wanship and Coalville to Echo Reservoir. From a starting ...
  • Illinois Prairie Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: IL
    Length: 61 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) is one of the country's first rail-trail conversions. It consists of five connected trail segments with three main branches that converge at Volunteer Park in Wheaton. The 61-mile trail follows the historic path ...
  • Island Line Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: VT
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    One of New England's most visited and spectacular rail-trails, the Island Line Trail (formerly known as the Burlington Bikeway) skirts the waterfront in the hip college town of Burlington, strings together a series of shoreline parks and offers ...
  • James F. Hall Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DE
    Length: 1.76 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The James F. Hall Trail—a rail-with-trail—packs a lot into a short stretch: Its paved surface is great for bicycling, inline skating and strolling, and there are multiple playgrounds, picnic areas and access points along the route. Best of all, ...
  • Junction & Breakwater Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DE
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    This beautiful, pine-studded rail-trail winds through Cape Henlopen State Park next to wetlands and farmland, offering a break from the nearby beaches and eclectic shopping areas. The trail runs from US 9 in Lewes to the town of Rehoboth Beach ...
  • Katy Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MO
    Length: 237.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Katy Trail State Park is one of the nation's longest rail-trail projects—nearly 238 miles of scenic trail built especially for walkers and cyclists and stretching from Clinton east to Machens, in St. Charles County. Equestrians are allowed ...
  • Little Miami Scenic Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 78 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a jewel in the 330-mile network of paved, off-road trails in Ohio’s Miami Valley. The 78-mile paved path links Terrace Park near Cincinnati to Springfield, a dozen towns and four counties to the north. It passes ...
  • Longleaf Trace

    Rail-Trail

    State: MS
    Length: 40.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Stretching nearly 41 miles northwest from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss, Longleaf Trace traverses landscapes that range from the bustling heart of Mississippi's third largest city to the rural farmland ...
  • Louisville Riverwalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 8.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Louisville Riverwalk travels through downtown along the Ohio River between Waterfront Park and Shawnee Park, west of the city. The trail features scenic river views, including an overlook near 26th Street, where you can see McApline Lock ...
  • Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: KY
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail follows an old rail corridor of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, which carried passengers until the early 1900s from Glasgow Junction (now Park City) to Mammoth Cave. The rail also hauled mail and other ...
  • Medicine Bow Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WY
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Medicine Bow Rail Trail snakes through the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest from the Wyoming-Colorado border in the south to near the forest boundary at SR 11. The trail is open to non-motorized use only, but occasionally dirt bike riders ...
  • Mesabi Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 115 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    Running through the colorful heart of northern Minnesota's Iron Range region, the Mesabi Trail is well on its way to becoming one of the finest long-distance paved trails in the U.S. when complete, the trail will run for 132 miles between Grand ...
  • Midland Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OK
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Midland Valley Trail cuts more than 3 miles across neighborhoods adjacent to downtown Tulsa on an abandoned Midland Valley Railroad corridor. Highlights along the trail include Maple Park and Centennial Park, the latter of which features ...
  • Minuteman Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    You won't get lonely on the Minuteman Bikeway. The 11-mile rail-trail through suburban Boston is one of New England's most popular trails. Warm summer weekends in particular bring folks of all ages and abilities elbow to elbow along the asphalt ...
  • Mohave and Milltown Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Ballast

    For a challenging desert adventure, travel the Mohave and Milltown Railroad Trail in northwest Arizona. The trail occupies the corridor of the historic Mohave and Milltown Railroad, a private narrow gauge railroad built in 1903 that connected ...
  • Monon Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IN
    Length: 18.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Monon Trail is a colossus in the world of Midwest rail-trails. The trail is attractive and well designed, with an astonishing practicality as an urban transportation corridor. The trail stitches together neighborhoods, recreational facilities, ...
  • Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (Monterey Bay Coastal Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (a.k.a. the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail) offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour the city while enjoying ...
  • Moultrie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: GA
    Length: 7.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    In deep South Georgia, Moultrie is a small city with big Southern pride. Billing itself as the "City of Southern Living," Moultrie boasts a thriving agricultural industry, historic homes, commercial buildings and a state-of-the-art athletic ...
  • Narrow Gauge Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: ME
    Length: 6.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Narrow Gauge Pathway (a.k.a. Carrabassett River Trail) is a stunningly beautiful 6.6-mile trail along the banks of the Carrabassett River. Its firm, crushed-stone surface is suitable for mountain bike or hybrid tires. The pathway is also ...
  • Nashua River Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA, NH
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Nashua River Rail Trail is a beautiful and peaceful rural trail extending through the Massachusetts communities of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail continues into New Hampshire just south of the town of Nashua. In autumn ...
  • North Augusta Greeneway Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The North Augusta Greeneway follows an abandoned right-of-way of the former Central of Georgia Railway (later the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia). With its recent extension the trail now meanders 12.5 miles through the riverfront ...
  • North County Trailway

    Rail-Trail

    State: NY
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The North County Trailway is the longest of the four connected rail-trails breathing new life into the former New York Central Railroad's Putnam Division line. The "Old Put" provided passenger and freight service between New York City and Brewster, ...
  • Northern Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 58 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone

    At 58 miles, the Northern Rail Trail spans Grafton and Merrimack counties and is the longest rail-trail in New Hampshire. The surface is cinder ballast in Grafton and 3/8” stone dust in Merrimack; both easily bike able on hybrids or mountain ...
  • Osage Prairie Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OK
    Length: 14.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Osage Prairie Trail follows the corridor of the old Midland Valley Rail. The trail links Oklahoma State University in Tulsa with the town of Skiatook to the north. The trail is lighted in places for night use, and passes through both urban ...
  • Paul Bunyan State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 121 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Paul Bunyan State Trail, stretching 121 miles from Bemidji to Baxter, is one of the longest rail-trails in the country. This distance includes its newest segment, completed in 2014, that extended the trail south to Crow Wing State Park. The ...
  • Peavine Trail (AZ)

    Rail-Trail

    State: AZ
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    To say that the connected rail-trails of Prescott are oases in sun-baked, north-central Arizona is no exaggeration. Wherever water touches this arid landscape—and it does along the Peavine and Iron King trails—jade cottonwoods cluster, popping ...
  • Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 87.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

    If a trip on the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail leaves you in love with this route, you are not alone. The Pere Marquette is one of the most heavily used trails in Michigan (the section between Midland and Clare), according to a 2002 Michigan State ...
  • Pine Creek Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 61.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. With numerous trailheads, comfort ...
  • Poudre Trail (Fort Collins)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CO
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Poudre Trail in Fort Collins follows the meandering course of the Poudre River from the Bellevue Watson Fish Hatchery to Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. The trail passes through wooded corridors and ...
  • Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: KS
    Length: 51.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Prairie Spirit Trail in Kansas is hard-packed limestone and suitable for bicycles as well as wheelchairs. Some of the trail is asphalt (within city limits), which allows for inline skaters. The trail is open during daylight hours; special ...
  • Richard Martin Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: AL
    Length: 10.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Richard Martin Trail (a.k.a., Limestone Rail-Trail) is best accessed mid-route from a trailhead in the town of Elkmont, where you'll find parking, good signage, a historic depot (used for community activities), a refurbished railcar, a place ...
  • River's Edge Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MT
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Many groups collaborated to create the scenic and wild River's Edge Trail: the city of Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Transportation, PPL Montana, and Recreational Trails Inc. ...
  • Rock Creek Park Trails

    State: DC
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Located in the northwest section of Washington, D.C., Rock Creek Park is the oldest and largest urban park in the national park system. Established in 1890, Rock Creek offers more than 1,700 acres of natural area for a variety of uses. Trails ...
  • Rockingham Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NH
    Length: 26.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    New Hampshire's largest city, Manchester, boasts relatively quick access to one of the state's longest rail-trails: the 26.5-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail (a.k.a. Portsmouth Branch). The rustic trail is rich in railroad structures left ...
  • Route of the Hiawatha

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    Note: Route of the Hiawatha is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area under a special-use permit of the U.S. Forest Service. Trail users must obtain and display trail passes, which cost $10 for adults and $6 for children aged 6-13 years. Group rates ...
  • Santa Fe Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NM
    Length: 17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The 17-mile Santa Fe Rail Trail follows the old Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway line, beginning in the Railyard park in town and continuing along the tracks to Highway 285 through El Dorado to Lamy, incorporating urban, suburban and rural ...
  • Schuylkill River Trail - Valley Forge to Philadelphia

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 27 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Valley Forge to Philadelphia segment of the Schuylkill River Trail stretches 27 miles along the historic Schuylkill River, from downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art out to Montgomery County and Valley Forge National Historic ...
  • Scioto Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: OH
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Scioto Greenway Trail is an early urban greenway at its best. The 10-mile multiuse trail hugs the banks of the Scioto River and connects parks, links with other trails and offers fabulous views of downtown Columbus. Portions of the route ...
  • Silver Comet Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: GA
    Length: 61.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Silver Comet Trail follows the bed of the old Seaboard Air Line. From 1947 to 1969, the shiny Silver Comet passenger train provided luxury service between New York and Birmingham. Today, three trestles and a railroad tunnel integrated into ...
  • Springwater Corridor

    Rail-Trail

    State: OR
    Length: 21.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Springwater Corridor forms a major southeast segment of the 40-Mile Loop, a multi-use trail that circles the city of Portland, some of which is incomplete. The 21.5-mile Springwater Corridor extends from SE 4th Avenue at SE Ivon Street in ...
  • Steamboat Trace Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: NE
    Length: 21.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Steamboat Trace Trail in southeastern Nebraska rests on a former Burlington Northern railroad corridor stretching from Brownville to just south of Nebraska City. The corridor was railbanked by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and deeded to the ...
  • Tammany Trace

    Rail-Trail

    State: LA
    Length: 27.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Tammany Trace offers a fascinating scenic trek through five St. Tammany Parish communities. Before the 24-mile causeway was completed in the 1960s, this area was quite cut off from the sway of New Orleans. ...
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: AK
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail follows the coastline of Anchorage along Knik Arm and Cook Inlet. Many rest areas provide scenic views of Anchorage, the surrounding mountain ranges, Cook Inlet and Knik Arm. You're also likely to encounter wildlife ...
  • Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

    Rail-Trail

    State: ID
    Length: 72 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Few long bicycle trails come any better than the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. The trail covers 72 entirely paved, wheelchair accessible miles through scenic mountains and valleys in Idaho's Panhandle. The area has a rich mining, railroading ...
  • Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MS
    Length: 22.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Tuxachanie Trail, near Mississippi's Gulf Coast, is a National Recreation Trail offering a 22-mile hike through southern Mississippi's Desoto National Forest. The first 5 miles follow an old abandoned railroad that once served the sawmill ...
  • Vernon Rails-to-Trails (Hop River State Park Rockville Spur)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Thanks to skilled engineers with the former Hartford, Providence, & Fishkill Railroad, the pretty Vernon Rails-to-Trails overlooks ravines and streams and passes between rock walls verdant with ferns and lichen. Crossing a wooded terrain of ...
  • Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: VA
    Length: 34 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail offers scenic wonders from dense forests, open fields and lush waterways to railroad relics and delightful small towns. Cyclists and equestrians love the length of the Creeper, and many local walkers ...
  • Wabash Trace Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: IA
    Length: 63 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a 63 mile route, converted from a railroad right-of-way, coursing across the scenic southwest Iowa countryside from Council Bluffs to Blanchard at the Iowa–Missouri border. Don't let the "nature trail" part of ...
  • Walkway Over The Hudson

    Rail-Trail

    State: NY
    Length: 1.28 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Built in 1888 to link New York and New England to the coal beds of Pennsylvania and the West, the steel-truss Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge was the longest bridge in the world for a spell, stretching 6,768 feet (approximately 1.28 miles) ...
  • Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park (W&OD)

    Rail-Trail

    State: VA
    Length: 45 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) is one of the suburban Washington, D.C.'s most popular rail-trails. The heavily used trail is frequented by commuters and recreationists alike, and is a fantastic link between Virginia's rural and historical ...
  • Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: TX
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail stretches 6 miles from Lion's Park to Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. For most of its length, the trail runs along or very near Waxahachie Creek. The trail passes Waxahachie Rodeo Arena and Fairgrounds, ...
  • West Ashley Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: SC
    Length: 10.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    A favorite of local mountain bikers, the West Ashley Greenway takes you on a 10.5-mile (one way) ride from suburban Charleston west to the scenic Lowcountry wetlands that surround this charming city. From its trailhead behind the South Windermere ...
  • Western Maryland Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Plan a full day (or two) for your visit to the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 22-mile paved route that will take you through several eras of American history. You can access this trail from many points, but the main trailhead is in the quaint ...
  • Whistle Stop Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: ME
    Length: 15.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

    The Whistle Stop Rail-Trail is a textbook example of how diverse groups can work together to maintain and promote a trail. Developed as a route for snowmobiles and ORVs, the route also appeals to hikers and mountain bikers. It's no wonder. The ...
  • White Pine Trail State Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: MI
    Length: 92.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The White Pine Trail is Michigan's longest rail-trail, following the former Grand Rapids and Indiana rail bed for 93.5 miles through five counties. This massive trail showcases a variety of landscapes, from swamps to forests to open farmland, ...
  • Willard Munger State Trail (Alex Laveau Memorial Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MN
    Length: 8.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of three multiple use trails roughly stretching between the towns of Hinckley and Duluth. The three trail segments include the Hinckley–Duluth, Alex Laveau Memorial Trail (which are joined in Carlton) ...
  • Withlacoochee State Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: FL
    Length: 46 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-do pure Florida experience for any trail enthusiast. Situated between Orlando and Tampa, it hosts a steady stream of visitors and locals on its paved path and adjacent equestrian trail. The ...
  • Wyoming Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: WY
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    The Wyoming Heritage Trail extends from Shoshoni south to Riverton and is paved from the trailhead in Riverton to the outskirts of the town. From there north it's mostly dirt or gravel. In places it's quite rough, and motorized vehicles do use ...