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Lehigh Valley Trail Itinerary

NEW YORK
16.4 miles
The Lehigh Valley Trail, in the Finger Lakes region of western New York, slides between immense Lake Ontario to the north and the delicate appendages of the Finger Lakes to the south. From Victor to Rush, this 16-mile path cuts east-west through ...

High Line Itinerary

NEW YORK
1.5 miles
An urban rail-trail in New York’s Manhattan, may at first be hard to conceptualize. Fortunately for us, a group of committed individuals not only imagined this possibility but accomplished the daunting and colossal task of preserving a demolition-bound ...

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail Itinerary

CALIFORNIA
25.4 miles
Lying east of Lassen Volcanic National Park, the spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail connects Westwood to Susanville in Lassen County. This rail-trail follows the route of the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad line and scenically ...

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail Itinerary

CALIFORNIA
18 miles
Majestic views of the ocean, sea otters swimming about, a rugged shore line and water-sport enthusiasts are just a few of the things you’ll see as you ride or stroll along the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (MPRT). This is one trail where ...

West Fork Trail Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
22 miles
Tucked away in the Monongahela National Forest in the north central highlands of West Virginia is a quiet little trail that takes riders on a 22-mile route alongside the West Fork River through dense forest with all semblance of civilization ...

Sacramento River Trail Itinerary

CALIFORNIA
12.27 miles
Tucked away in Northern California's Shasta County is the charming town of Redding, which over the years has worked diligently to become one of the premier trail destinations in the West. The pride of Redding's trail system is the Sacramento ...

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail Itinerary

FLORIDA
20.5 miles
The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is Florida’s first rail-trail and it follows the route of the state’s longest-operating railroad that was used primarily to transport cotton from plantations to awaiting ships.   As its ...

Air Line State Park Trail Itinerary

CONNECTICUT
55.9 miles
The Air Line State Park Trail (ALSPT) provides a tranquil ride through bucolic woods and small town parks, over two viaducts and several streams, and past old mill buildings and charming waterfalls. The route follows the corridor of the former ...

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Itinerary

CONNECTICUT
40 miles
From the bucolic landscape of Yale University’s New Haven campus, over several scenic bridges, through quaint New England towns, past historical canal locks and rural Connecticut farmland, the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) offers a ...

Hop River State Park Trail Itinerary

CONNECTICUT
20 miles
The Hop River State Park Trail is a 19-mile passage through the scenic countryside of eastern Connecticut. Developed partially along the corridor of the former 1840s Hartford, Providence and Fishkill rail line, this west-east route travels between ...

Galloping Goose Trail (CO) Itinerary

COLORADO
20 miles
Fresh air, exquisite views and a bit of history is what you will find when you ride the Galloping Goose Trail (GGT) in Telluride, Colorado. Located in the southwestern part of the state, blue skies and mountain tops are the perfect backdrop ...

Mineral Belt Trail Itinerary

COLORADO
11.6 miles
The Mineral Belt Trail is an 11.6-mile loop through the historic mining town of Leadville, Colorado. This paved, high-elevation (10,000+ feet) trail offers spectacular views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountains while it loops among conifer ...

Wabash Trace Nature Trail Itinerary

IOWA
63 miles
With more than 1,200 miles of multiuse trails crisscrossing the state, Iowa styles itself as the world capital of trails, and while other trail-rich states might well object to this mantle, the 63-mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail in the southwestern ...

Great Western Trail (IA) Itinerary

IOWA
16.5 miles
The Great Western Trail in central Iowa is a paved, 16.5-mile rail-trail that heads south from urban Des Moines to the small, rural town of Martensdale. Built on an abandoned rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, this multi-use recreational ...

Raccoon River Valley Trail Itinerary

IOWA
88.1 miles
The Raccoon River Valley Trail heads northwest from the outskirts of Des Moines along an abandoned railroad right-of-way through a wide range of Iowan-landscapes. From suburban neighborhoods to wooded stretches, prairie, farmland and small rural ...

Withlacoochee State Trail Itinerary

FLORIDA
46 miles
Located in west-central Florida, the Withlacoochee State Trail (WST) offers a paved, flat 46-mile route through several small towns and state parks, and runs parallel to the Withlacoochee River for much of its length. Once a rail line dating ...

Augusta Canal Trail Itinerary

GEORGIA
7.5 miles
Long before the Masters Golf Tournament put Augusta on the map, the city was an important southern industrial center due to its canal. The Augusta Canal began operating in 1847 and is one of the oldest canals in the U.S. that remains in use ...

Boise River Greenbelt Itinerary

IDAHO
46.1 miles
Idaho may be known for potatoes but it is also home to some of our country’s most scenic trails. The Boise River Greenbelt (BRG) is 46 miles of wildlife, nature’s beauty and outdoor activities. Located in the southwestern part of the state, ...

Route of the Hiawatha Itinerary

IDAHO
15 miles
The Route of the Hiawatha follows one of the most scenic former railroad passages in the West, winding its way through the Bitterroot Mountains. The old right-of-way now makes for a spectacular mountain bike ride, and features illustrated interpretive ...

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Itinerary

IDAHO
69.1 miles
Looking for a great Western history adventure? The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is one of the West’s gems, traversing nearly the breadth of Idaho’s Panhandle along 72 entirely paved, wheelchair accessible miles through scenic mountains and valleys. ...

Delphi Historic Trails Itinerary

INDIANA
10 miles
The Wabash and Erie Canal in Indiana was a shipping canal constructed to link the Great Lakes to the Ohio River and provide commercial access to routes onward to the Gulf of Mexico. Construction began in 1832 and by 1837 there were more than ...

Fox River Trail (IL) Itinerary

ILLINOIS
43 miles
In northern Illinois, the Fox River Trail runs 43 miles through the Fox River Valley between Oswego and Algonquin. This rail-trail, built on stretches of three former railroads, follows its namesake river to pass through many small towns and ...

Jane Addams Trail Itinerary

ILLINOIS
14.8 miles
In northern Illinois, the scenic and rural Jane Addams Trail runs nearly 15 miles between Freeport and the Illinois/Wisconsin border. This multi-use rail-trail, following the rail bed of the former Illinois Central, is named for the renowned ...

Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail Itinerary

ILLINOIS
20.4 miles
If you want to experience river life the way Mark Twain pictured it, then the Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail is for you. The trail is approximately 20 miles of level paved trail. Whether you start at Pere Marquette State Park or ...

Nickel Plate Trail Itinerary

INDIANA
35.4 miles
The Nickel Plate Trail is a 35-mile paved path that follows part of the route once traveled by the Nickel Plate Railroad. Bike through several rural Indiana towns as you traverse a landscape of woodlands and wetlands, see remnants of the old ...

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park Itinerary

KANSAS
51.3 miles
The Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park (PST) in Kansas is a treasure. The trail is well-suited for walkers, cyclists, runners and birdwatchers, and navigates through nine towns. The trail and the towns along the way offer a myriad of activities ...

Tammany Trace Itinerary

LOUISIANA
27.5 miles
Louisiana’s first rail-trail, the Tammany Trace, lies to the north of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain and traces the old Illinois Central Railroad passageway across St. Tammany Parish. Linking historical lake and riverside communities, ...

Cape Cod Rail Trail Itinerary

MASSACHUSETTS
21.9 miles
Immerse yourself in all that Cape Cod has to offer on this scenic 22-mile paved trail through the heart of the Cape. Pass through charming villages; enjoy sand dune vistas; experience a variety of landscapes, such as salt marshes, pine forests ...

Nashua River Rail Trail Itinerary

MASSACHUSETTS,NEW HAMPSHIRE
12.3 miles
The Nashua River Rail Trail (NRRT) travels nearly 12 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable in Massachusetts before crossing the border and ending just shy of downtown Nashua, New Hampshire. The trail offers a tranquil ...

Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Mass Central Section) Itinerary

MASSACHUSETTS
10 miles
The Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts offers the perfect combination of stunning scenery, quirky college towns, fine-dining, world-class museums and opportunities for outdoor exploration. For biking enthusiasts, the newly improved Norwottuck Rail ...

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Itinerary

MARYLAND
13 miles
The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail (B&A) is part of the East Coast Greenway and follows the old Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad from Annapolis to Glen Burnie. The B&A is located about 30 miles east of Baltimore, Maryland, and about 33 miles east ...

Capital Crescent Trail Itinerary

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,MARYLAND
11 miles
The history of the Capital Crescent Trail—named for its shape and location near DC—is closely tied to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy itself: many of RTC’s original staff and board members contributed directly to early efforts to build the trail, ...

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail Itinerary

MARYLAND
19.5 miles
Coursing through the northern Maryland countryside among farms, woodlands and tiny villages, the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly the Northern Central Railroad Trail) covers 21 miles of mostly flat terrain along a crushed-stone track. Locals ...

Western Maryland Rail Trail Itinerary

MARYLAND
22 miles
The Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) is one of the region’s more scenic trails and with the bonus that you can make a roundtrip of your explorations by incorporating the equally pleasing C&O Canal. The friendly town of Hancock, at the trail’s ...

Kennebec Valley Trail Itinerary

MAINE
14.6 miles
In central Maine, this serene trail follows a former narrow-gauge logging railroad, cutting through dense woodlands and following the beautiful Kennebec River for much of its 14.6 miles. The Kennebec Valley Trail (KVT) stretches between the ...

Saint John Valley Heritage Trail Itinerary

MAINE
17 miles
Fresh lobster, beautiful landscapes and a peaceful trail is what you’ll find when you experience the Saint John Valley Heritage Trail in northern Maine. The Saint John Trail connects the communities of Fort Kent, Saint John and Saint Francis ...

Betsie Valley Trail Itinerary

MICHIGAN
22.1 miles
Blanketed by forests, flowing with rivers and lapped by the expansive eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the Betsie River region in northwest Michigan is an attractive outdoor playground featuring miles of trails. The Betsie Valley Trail offers ...

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park Itinerary

MICHIGAN
34.5 miles
The Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park is a 34.5-mile slice of heaven, southwest Michigan-style. From the lively town of Kalamazoo, you travel through farmland, woods and rural villages to complete your trip on the shores of Lake Michigan ...

Leelanau Trail Itinerary

MICHIGAN
16.3 miles
Popular as an outdoor playground for adventurers on both water and land, northern Michigan is home to a network of beautiful trails, including the 15.5-mile Leelanau Trail. Tracing the path of a former scenic railroad, the trail links urban ...

North Central State Trail Itinerary

MICHIGAN
62 miles
The 62-mile North Central State Trail (NCST) offers a multi-use rail-trail adventure into Michigan's north woods, with connections to well-established tourist towns at both ends. From the trail’s southern terminus at Gaylord, the NCST makes ...

Cannon Valley Trail Itinerary

MINNESOTA
19.7 miles
Through a beautiful wooded river valley in southern Minnesota, the Cannon Valley Trail follows the former Chicago Great Western Railway line for nearly 20 miles to connect Cannon Falls, Welch and Red Wing. This rail-trail parallels the Cannon ...

Heartland State Trail Itinerary

MINNESOTA
49 miles
Minnesota’s Heartland State Trail, established in 1974, was one of this country’s first rail corridors to be converted into a trail. In the heart of the state, this nearly 50-mile trail connects the small cities of Park Rapids and Cass Lake, ...

Mesabi Trail Itinerary

MINNESOTA
115 miles
Running through the colorful heart of northern Minnesota's Iron Range, the Mesabi Trail is an invitation to experience a landscape shaped by both an abundance of natural beauty and resources. Built on old railroad beds and logging and mining ...

Paul Bunyan State Trail Itinerary

MINNESOTA
119.3 miles
Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and the story goes that the giant lumberjack, Paul Bunyan, and his pet blue ox, Babe, created the lakes with the footprints they left behind as they roved about the state. Though just a tall tale, ...

Frisco Highline Trail Itinerary

MISSOURI
36 miles
The Frisco Highline Trail, running 36 miles between Springfield and Bolivar, is Missouri’s second longest rail-trail. On the abandoned corridor of the Burlington Northern, the route travels through the towns, farmlands and rolling hills of the ...

Great Northern Historical Trail Itinerary

MONTANA
22 miles
Surrounded by the splendor of western Montana’s Rocky Mountains, the Great Northern Historical Trail extends 22 miles between the lakeside town of Somers and the mountain valley community of Kila. This paved path follows part of the route of ...

River's Edge Trail Itinerary

MONTANA
38 miles
One of the most remarkable aspects of Montana’s Rivers Edge Trail is that it provides a glimpse back in time of a significant piece of America’s history. After President Thomas Jefferson bought a sizable chunk of what later would become the ...

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail Itinerary

NEBRASKA
198.3 miles
Cutting across northern Nebraska is the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, or the Cowboy, for short. Following the old Chicago & Northwestern rail route, this former "Cowboy Line" currently stretches between Valentine and Norfolk for 195 miles. ...

Longleaf Trace Itinerary

MISSISSIPPI
40.6 miles
In the heart of Mississippi’s Pine Belt is the Longleaf Trace Trail, stretching nearly 41 miles from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg to small-town Prentiss. A designated National Recreation Trail, the Trace runs atop a ...

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail Itinerary

NEW JERSEY
69.5 miles
Once a path for mules and horses towing cargo along the canal, today the 69.5-mile Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail (DRCSPT) is one of the most popular recreational areas in New Jersey. Located in the central part of the state and following ...

Paulinskill Valley Trail Itinerary

NEW JERSEY
27 miles
The 27-mile Paulinskill Valley Trail passes through a stunning rural landscape full of wildlife and peaceful tranquility, but in some sections it can be a rough and tumble ride that includes navigating areas that are not much wider than a bike ...

Santa Fe Rail-Trail Itinerary

NEW MEXICO
17 miles
The 17-mile dirt-packed Santa Fe Rail-Trail (SFRT) provides a tranquil setting to experience the haunting beautiful of the desert landscape laying just outside one of the most dynamic towns in the southwest. Once the route of the Atchison, Topeka ...

Historic Railroad Trail Itinerary

NEVADA
3.7 miles
If the one-arm bandits, cards and roulette wheels of Vegas don’t thrill you, we invite you to take a spin on bike wheels instead, with a visit to Nevada’s nearby southern desert. Beyond the 24-7 flashing neon, the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail, ...

Catskill Scenic Trail Itinerary

NEW YORK
26 miles
The Catskill Scenic Trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York's Catskill Mountains. Vistas of rolling mountains frame the forests, rivers and bucolic countryside that surround this trail, ...

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail) Itinerary

NEW HAMPSHIRE
32.8 miles
The Cheshire Rail Trail is a quintessential New England experience, providing 33-miles of beautiful scenery and charming villages with a varied terrain that makes it the perfect trail in any season. Once the route of the Cheshire Railroad, which ...

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail Itinerary

SOUTH CAROLINA
19.5 miles
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, an unexpected surprise awaits you in the vibrant southern city of Greenville, S.C. The town has received much praise in recent years for its revitalized historic downtown filled with quirky ...

North County Trailway Itinerary

NEW YORK
22.1 miles
The North County Trailway is a paved, multi-use path running for 22 miles through the beautiful and historical lower Hudson Valley of New York. Just as the river valley runs north-south on the eastern edge of the state, the North County Trailway ...

Keuka Outlet Trail Itinerary

NEW YORK
7 miles
In the heart of New York's Finger Lakes Region, the Keuka Outlet Trail connects the historical lakeside village of Penn Yan on Keuka Lake with Dresden on Seneca Lake. Though a short rail-trail, just seven miles, it has a unique heritage that ...

Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail Itinerary

OHIO
85 miles
Lake Erie may be the second-smallest of the Great Lakes by surface area, the shallowest of them all, and the smallest by total volume, but even a tiny Great Lake is a pretty massive thing—enough so that residents of Cleveland, Ohio will refer ...

Montour Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
46 miles
The Montour Trail follows a portion of the old Montour Railroad through suburban communities near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Highlights include the 500-foot Enlow Tunnel in Findlay Township and the impressive McDonald Trestle, spanning more than ...

Ghost Town Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
36.5 miles
Today, Western Pennsylvania offers visitors a bucolic rural landscape of rushing streams, dense woods, and abundant wildlife, but in the latter part of the 19th century this part of the state was a thriving mining region. Visitors then would ...

D & L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
25.7 miles
The 26-mile Lehigh Valley Gorge Trail, part of the D & L Canal Trail in eastern Pennsylvania, slices a tantalizing path through a montage of forests, mountains and river valley. The entire route snakes along the Lehigh River, and waterfalls ...

Schuylkill River Trail - Valley Forge to Philadelphia Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
27 miles
The Schuylkill River Trail is envisioned to begin in Philadelphia and stretch northwest from the city along the 128-mile river. The developing project is currently open in several sections, including this 27-mile trail segment between Philadelphia ...

Pine Creek Rail Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
62 miles
The Pine Creek Trail is one of the Northeast’s exceptional rail-trails, winding its way through what Pennsylvania calls their “Grand Canyon.” This 62-mile, mostly-flat route flows through portions of the Tioga and Tiadaghton state forests, following ...

Historic Battlefield Trail Itinerary

TEXAS
8.5 miles
The nearly 9-mile long Historic Battlefield Trail in Brownsville is the ideal way to experience the cultural, historical, and natural beauty of southeast Texas. The trail travels from the heart of the downtown, within close proximity to many ...

Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway Itinerary

TEXAS
64.2 miles
Located in a remote section of the Texas panhandle, Caprock Canyons State Park is an arid plateau with distinctive cliffs and a startling natural beauty. This land was once home to mammoth, giant bison, camel, and more recently, black bears ...

East Bay Bike Path Itinerary

RHODE ISLAND
14 miles
The East Bay Bicycle Path (EBBP) is a scenic, 14-mile paved rail-trail that hugs the shores of Narrangansett Bay between Providence and Bristol in Rhode Island. This pathway offers trail users stunning views of the bay and marinas as it trundles ...

Blackstone River Greenway (RI) Itinerary

RHODE ISLAND
11.8 miles
Tucked in to the northeast corner of Rhode Island is the nearly 12-mile Blackstone River Greenway (formerly known as the Blackstone River Bikeway), which travels from Valley Falls in the south to Woonsocket in the north. The route follows the ...

Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail) Itinerary

SOUTH CAROLINA
42 miles
Through South Carolina’s low country, the Swamp Fox Passage zigzags a 42-mile route across the vast Francis Marion National Forest. From Awendaw, near Bulls Bay on the Atlantic Coast, inland to Lake Moultrie, this passage is the longest section ...

George S. Mickelson Trail Itinerary

SOUTH DAKOTA
109 miles
On the western border of South Dakota, the Black Hills are an oasis of spruce and pine forest, colorful granite outcrops and burbling creeks in an ocean of dry plains. Slicing through mountains, the George S. Mickelson Trail honors the state’s ...

Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail Itinerary

TENNESSEE
6.5 miles
On the old rail bed of the Tennessee Central Railroad, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail offers 6.5 scenic miles of trail along the northeast banks of the Cumberland River. Built on the upper edge of the river valley to avoid flooding, ...

Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
32.7 miles
Although the Virginia Creeper train sounded its last whistle in 1977, the 34-mile segment of the Virginia Creeper Trail near the mountainous North Carolina–Virginia border sees as much, or more, traffic today. Bicycle wheels, feet and hooves ...

Blackwater Canyon Trail Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
10.5 miles
Before attempting to bike the Blackwater Canyon Trail, consider that when this was first a rail line back in the late 1800s the route was so steep that extra locomotives were kept on hand just to help push trains up what was known as the Black ...

Missisquoi Valley Rail-Trail Itinerary

VERMONT
26.1 miles
For over 100 years the small town of St. Albans, Vermont, has been the home of the Central Vermont Railroad (now New England Central Railroad), earning it the moniker Railroad City.At its heyday, the town saw over 200 trains a day passing through. ...

Chase Trail Itinerary

ALASKA
14 miles
Though the Chase Trail is only 14 miles, a cycle along this flat railroad corridor is like dipping your toe into a true remote wilderness adventure without diving in full-body. Between the rough-hewn charms of Talkeetna, the skirt hem of Denali ...

Greenbrier River Trail Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
77 miles
In a state with many fabulous rail-trails offering tranquil riding, spectacular views, and an abundance of natural wonders, the nearly 80-mile long Greenbrier River Trail is the crown jewel of West Virginia’s impressive trail selection. The ...

North Bend Rail Trail Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
72 miles
The North Bend Rail-Trail (NBRT) is a scenic excursion along part of the 5,500-mile, coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. Stretching nearly 72 miles in northern West Virginia, the trail travels from Parkersburg (Cedar Grove) to Wolf Summit, ...

Chippewa River State Trail Itinerary

WISCONSIN
38.5 miles
Traveling along the Chippewa River from Eau Claire south to Durand, the Chippewa River State Trail (CRST) offers an almost 40-mile route that traverses prairies, sandstone bluffs and wetlands. The trail is part of the Chippewa Valley Trail System ...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail Itinerary

WISCONSIN
32 miles
The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is one glorious segment of five Wisconsin trails, which form a seamless greenway linking more than 100 miles of trails, from the banks of the Mississippi, through hills and river valleys, to the heart of Midwest ...

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park Itinerary

UTAH
28 miles
Park City is one of the most vibrant mountain towns in the west. Rich in history, filled with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, and featuring a thriving arts and culture scene, this hamlet has a little bit of everything. While winter ...

Glacial Drumlin State Trail Itinerary

WISCONSIN
51.6 miles
About 25,000 years ago, glaciers covered most of the state of Wisconsin. As these giant ice sheets retreated they left behind cigar-shaped formations in the earth, known as drumlins. These geological features are the namesake of the 52-mile ...

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) Itinerary

ILLINOIS
2.7 miles
In recent years, Chicago has taken the lead in creating innovative public parks and greenspaces, and its recent addition, The 606, is no exception. The centerpiece of this newly built park is the 2.7-mile-long Bloomingdale Trail (BT) that utilizes ...

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
6.9 miles
At seven miles in length, the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail (VBRRT) may not be the longest trail you’ve ever experienced, but it provides an ideal route to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and history of this southwest region of Virginia. ...

Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
15.7 miles
The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) is a 16-mile, dirt surface, permit-only trail located near Fredericksburg. The trail is part of approximately 240 acres of unspoiled woods in the northern neck of Virginia and is home to a diversity ...

Military Ridge State Trail Itinerary

WISCONSIN
38.8 miles
Named after Military Ridge Road, which was built along this corridor in 1835 by the army to connect Green Bay and Fort Crawford, the nearly 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail (MRST) takes visitors into the heart of rural Wisconsin. The trail ...

Mountain-Bay State Trail Itinerary

WISCONSIN
83.4 miles
Occupying 83 miles of the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad’s corridor, the Mountain-Bay State Trail is one of Wisconsin’s longest rail-trails. Beginning on the outskirts of Green Bay, the trail heads west toward Wausau, a city located ...

Arkansas River Trail Itinerary

ARKANSAS
21.2 miles
The Arkansas River Trail runs along the southern and northern banks of the Arkansas River and, with four bicycle and pedestrian bridges connected to the route, loops between the communities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas. The ...

New River Trail State Park Itinerary

VIRGINIA
56 miles
In the southwestern corner of Virginia lies the premier New River Trail State Park, a 57-mile linear park between Galax and Pulaski and National Recreation Trail. The accolade this state park receives is well deserved. For 39 spectacular miles, ...

Medicine Bow Rail Trail Itinerary

WYOMING
21 miles
To many people, the idea of a visit to Wyoming brings up images of sagebrush, windblown plateaus, and desolate trails that lead to the horizon and beyond. That image couldn’t be more on point in regards to the Medicine Bow Rail Trail. The ...

Mon River Trail South Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
17.7 miles
Nestled in the hills of northern West Virginia, Morgantown is the ideal base from which to explore many of the natural wonders of this extraordinary state. Home of West Virginia University, the town is located on the Monongahela River and offers ...

Aroostook Valley Trail Itinerary

MAINE
28 miles
In the remote northern woods of Maine, the Aroostook Valley Trail provides a backcountry-like recreational experience while passing through several small communities between Presque Isle, Caribou and New Sweden. This 28-mile rail-trail has a ...

Astoria Riverwalk Itinerary

OREGON
6.4 miles
Astoria, Oregon, sits on the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, a major shipping route for decades and a lifeline of the Pacific Northwest. The story of the town is as varied as the residents themselves. Shipwrecks, sailors, fishermen, and ...

Banks-Vernonia State Trail Itinerary

OREGON
22.7 miles
Located only 26 miles west of Portland, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a 21-mile paved route that is surrounded by splendid forests, crosses over 12 bridges and trestles, passes alongside crystal clear streams, and travels through a state ...

Burke-Gilman Trail Itinerary

WASHINGTON
18.8 miles
You’ll likely find bike riders of every stripe and style on Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Trail. A constant stream of men and women wearing business duds, team cycling kits, or everyday casual wear pedal their indestructible urban bikes or lightweight ...

Willapa Hills Trail Itinerary

WASHINGTON
56 miles
Dense forests and rushing streams dramatize the remote Willapa Hills in southwest Washington. It’s no surprise that bigfoot investigators sometimes visit to check out reports of sasquatch sightings in these weathered hills. Bordered by family ...

Chief Ladiga Trail Itinerary

ALABAMA
33 miles
The nearly 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail, stretching from the northeast corner of Alabama to the Georgia state line, is a regional playground nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Following a former Seaboard/CSX railroad corridor, ...

Genesee Valley Greenway Itinerary

NEW YORK
68.8 miles
In western New York, the Genesee Valley Greenway traverses five counties on its way south from Rochester to Black Creek, just north of Cuba. This greenway follows two historical transportation routes: the former Genesee Valley Canal and the ...

Illinois Prairie Path Itinerary

ILLINOIS
61 miles
Celebrated for being one of the country’s first rail-trail conversions, the Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) is a 61-mile Rail-Trail Hall of Fame destination. Just as the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin electric railroad provided passenger service from ...

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Itinerary

ALASKA
11 miles
Along what is—not arguably—one of the most scenic coastal rail-trails in the country, you’ll share your journey with plenty of amazing wildlife. Here, bald eagles nest and fish, moose and the occasional coyote hang out along the trail, and beluga ...

Katy Trail State Park Itinerary

MISSOURI
237.7 miles
Stretching from western Missouri to the St. Louis Metro area, the Katy Trail State Park is certainly high on the list of must-ride trails for avid cyclists. Several accolades support this including the trail being a Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, ...

Little Miami Scenic Trail Itinerary

OHIO
73 miles
In the heart of Ohio’s Miami Valley lies the Little Miami Scenic Trail, a 78-mile paved path linking Newtown to Springfield while passing through a dozen small towns, beautiful countryside and Southwestern Ohio’s Little Miami Scenic Park. The ...

Richard Martin Trail Itinerary

ALABAMA
10.2 miles
Hidden in the Tennessee Valley of northern Alabama, the Richard Martin Trail is a remarkable rail-trail, packing-in both natural beauty and historic interest in its short 10 miles. Past the site of the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle, through ...

Monon Trail Itinerary

INDIANA
19.7 miles
The well-designed Monon Trail is an important urban transportation corridor connecting neighborhoods, recreational facilities, cultural centers and schools between downtown Indianapolis and the northern suburb of Westfield, a much more country-type ...

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Itinerary

MICHIGAN
30 miles
The Pere Marquette Trail follows the original route of the Flint & Pere Marquette railroad, which was later merged with two others to form the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1900. Reincorporated at various times as both the PM Railway and the PM ...

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Itinerary

NEW YORK
21.2 miles
Fly into Newburgh, N.Y. (about 70 miles north of New York City), and drive north on Interstate 87 about 23 miles to New Paltz; check in at the Moondance Ridge B&B, just minutes north of downtown and a short bike ride from the trail. New Paltz ...

Sussex Branch Trail Itinerary

NEW JERSEY
18 miles
Northwestern New Jersey offers visitors a spectacular rural landscape with dense forests, rolling hills, rich farmland, and quaint towns. Enjoy the stunning scenery as you bike through the heart of the countryside on the 18-mile Sussex Branch ...

Silver Comet Trail Itinerary

GEORGIA
61.5 miles
For recreational biking enthusiasts, the Silver Comet Trail is about as close to perfection as you can get in an off-road trail. With 61.5 miles of paved surface that passes through a few small towns, but with a focus largely on beautiful natural ...

Snoqualmie Valley Trail Itinerary

WASHINGTON
31.5 miles
The forests, waterfalls, and farmland of the Cascade foothills serve as a retreat for many seeking a break from the urban lifestyle of Seattle, less than an hour away. The Snoqualmie Valley Trail rolls through this area for 32 miles on a hard-packed, ...

Panhandle Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA,WEST VIRGINIA
29 miles
The 29-mile Panhandle Trail links Carnegie on the outskirts of Pittsburgh to the town of Weirton in the panhandle of West Virginia. The trail follows a portion of the corridor that the Pennsylvania Railroad once traveled, connecting Pittsburgh ...

Deckers Creek Trail Itinerary

WEST VIRGINIA
19 miles
“Almost heaven, West Virginia.” So evocative were the opening words to John Denver’s song about the state that residents there took them to heart, thereafter referring to their home state as almost heaven. With miles of trails to explore and ...

Wood River Trails Itinerary

IDAHO
33.7 miles
The scenic Wood River Trail (WRT) system is jewel of south-central Idaho’s Wood River Valley, connecting the towns of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley on more than 30 miles of paved routes. The trails are the perfect means for all levels ...

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Itinerary

IOWA
67.8 miles
In eastern Iowa, the 52-mile Cedar Valley Nature Trail follows the floodplain of the Cedar River to connect Hiawatha to Evansdale. Farm and wetlands provide the backdrop for most of this rural route though the trail courses through several small ...

Tunnel Hill State Trail Itinerary

ILLINOIS
55.6 miles
If you enjoy riding over trestle bridges and through dark tunnels you must experience the Tunnel Hill State Trail (THST) in southern Illinois. This trail is 55.6 miles long and has 23 trestle bridges and a 543-foot tunnel. The trestles range ...

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail Itinerary

NORTH CAROLINA
8 miles
While the corridor that once belonged to the Southern Railway line is no longer active, its past is very much in evidence along the 8-mile Thermal Belt Rail-Trail (TBRT). Periodically along the route train tracks peak out from underneath the ...

Great Allegheny Passage Itinerary

MARYLAND,PENNSYLVANIA
150 miles
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is indeed magnificent. This 150-mile trail, running from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, traces the paths of railroads that helped build the America we know today. Now the longest rail-trail ...

Island Line Rail Trail Itinerary

VERMONT
14 miles
The Island Line Rail Trail offers some of the most spectacular scenery and unique experiences you’ll likely encounter on any bike trail. The route follows the Lake Champlain shoreline north from Burlington, Vermont, with beautiful vistas of ...

Gitchi-Gami State Trail Itinerary

MINNESOTA
28.6 miles
Paralleling northern Minnesota’s scenic State Highway 61 and hugging the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake, the Gitchi-Gami State Trail takes you on a journey in which you encounter boreal forests, waterfalls, beaches and lighthouses. ...

American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) Itinerary

CALIFORNIA
32 miles
The American River Bike Trail (ARBT) is a scenic riverfront pathway that follows its namesake, the American River, for 32 miles between downtown Sacramento and Beal’s Point at Folsom Lake in California. This popular paved route is used by a ...

John Wayne Pioneer Trail Itinerary

WASHINGTON
253 miles
At 253 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington state is the longest rail-trail in the US. It starts in the western foothills of the snow-capped Cascades and ends at the Idaho border, following the corridor of the former Chicago, Milwaukee, ...

Centennial Trail State Park Itinerary

WASHINGTON
37.5 miles
Following the serpentine pattern of the Spokane River as it flows westward, the Centennial Trail State Park winds its way from the Idaho border through downtown Spokane to the community of Nine Mile Falls. A 37.5-mile route through Washington’s ...

Wilderness Road Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
8.5 miles
Beginning in the late 1700s, thousands of pioneers setting out for Kentucky and other points west, traveled the Wilderness Road in Virginia and went through the Cumberland Gap, earning the area the moniker ‘Gateway to the West.’ The route through ...

Western Reserve Greenway Itinerary

OHIO
42.8 miles
On the former Penn Central right-of-way, the Western Reserve Greenway cuts a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren, Ohio. Beginning south of Lake Erie, this rail-trail stretches for 43 miles through the state’s rural north coast landscape ...

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Itinerary

OHIO
20.3 miles
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway traces a beautiful, twisting 21-mile course along the Hocking River in southeastern Ohio, from Athens to Nelsonville. The rail-trail draws its name from the ancient Adena Indians who lived in this area and called ...

Northern Rail Trail Itinerary

NEW HAMPSHIRE
58 miles
New Hampshire’s Northern Rail Trail may not win any awards for naming originality, but what it lacks in creative naming, it more than makes up for in its beautiful scenery, year-round accessibility and easy access to history. Located in the ...

Tanglefoot Trail Itinerary

MISSISSIPPI
43.6 miles
Meandering through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is the 44.5-mile Tanglefoot Trail. Not only is the Tanglefoot Mississippi’s longest rail-trail, it also courses though the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area and traces a route ...

American Tobacco Trail Itinerary

NORTH CAROLINA
22.2 miles
Beginning in Durham, North Carolina, the American Tobacco Trail extends more than 22 miles south through Chatham County to its southern terminus in Wake County. This popular, multi-use greenway provides easy access to urban and rural environs, ...

Candy Mountain Express Bike Trail Itinerary

UTAH
16 miles
Big Rock Candy Mountain is one of the most recognizable geological sites in central Utah. More than 22 million years ago, volcanoes in the area erupted leaving volcanic rock 3,000 feet thick and full of iron minerals that produced vibrant yellow, ...

Cardinal Greenway Itinerary

INDIANA
62 miles
Spanning 62 miles, the Cardinal Greenway is Indiana’s longest paved bike trail and provides a beautiful and serene ride over rolling hills through farmland, countryside and small towns. The route follows a former rail line and takes its name ...

Homestead Trail Itinerary

NEBRASKA
40 miles
Named after the Homestead Act of 1862, this recreational trail runs through the Nebraska prairie and farmland that once drew scores of hopeful settlers to the region. Tucked in the southeastern corner of the state, the Homestead Trail (HT) follows ...

Redbank Valley Rail Trail Itinerary

PENNSYLVANIA
50.6 miles
The 51-mile Redbank Valley Rail Trail offers visitors an opportunity to bike through some of the most spectacular scenery in this quiet corner of Pennsylvania. The trail travels from the confluence of the Allegheny River east to the town of ...

Tobacco Heritage Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
22.1 miles
Tucked away in southern Virginia’s tobacco country, about halfway between Richmond and Raleigh, N.C., lies a continuous 17-mile stretch of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. (Other disconnected trail segments of only a mile or two each are also open ...

High Bridge Trail Itinerary

VIRGINIA
32.4 miles
The area surrounding the High Bridge Trail is steeped in history, and before arriving, it is worthwhile to brush up on Civil War events in order to best appreciate the role the region played in the war. Appomattox, where Lee surrendered to effectively ...

High Trestle Trail Itinerary

IOWA
25.6 miles
Linking the exurbs of north Des Moines to the rural community of Woodward, the 25-mile High Trestle Trail cuts a dogleg through Iowa farmland. Since opening in 2011, this pathway, connecting four counties, five towns and miles of farmland, has ...

Ke Ala Hele Makalae Itinerary

HAWAII
7.3 miles
Even if you’ve never been to Kaua'i, the northernmost island of Hawai'i, chances are you’ve seen it. The island has been variously cast as a Costa Rican island (“Jurassic Park”), South Korea (the opening credits of “M*A*S*H”), the depths of ...

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River Itinerary

WASHINGTON
34.7 miles
This 3-day bicycle adventure on the Olympic Discovery Trail rolls across the flatlands between the choppy Strait of Juan de Fuca and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in northwestern Washington. At places the trail is so close to the channel ...

Sacramento River Rail Trail Itinerary

CALIFORNIA
11.1 miles
Tucked away in Northern California's Shasta County is the charming town of Redding, which over the years has worked diligently to become one of the premier trail destinations in the West. The pride of Redding's trail system is the Sacramento ...

Blue River Rail Trail Itinerary

KANSAS
11.7 miles
The Blue River Rail Trail in northern Kansas follows the course of its namesake, the Big Blue River, as well as the former right-of-way of Union Pacific Railway’s Beatrice Branch line. Spanning 9.1 miles, the rail-trail connects Marysville, ...

Murdock Canal Trail Itinerary

UTAH
17 miles
Located at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountain range north of Provo, Utah, the flat, 17-mile, paved Murdock Canal Trail (MCT) offers stunning scenery, few crowds, excellent trail conditions and many amenities, making this an ideal trail ...

Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail Itinerary

UTAH
23.5 miles
The Denver and Rio Grande Western Trail (DRGW) is a 25-mile paved rail-trail that runs north-south through the Wasatch Front, a large metropolitan area in north-central Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. Nestled between the Great Salt Lake and beautiful ...

Neuse River Trail Itinerary

NORTH CAROLINA
27.5 miles
Traveling from Falls Lake Dam over 27 miles alongside the Neuse River, the Neuse River Trail (or Neuse River Greenway) is a slice of tranquility on the eastern outskirts of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Neuse River Trail (NRT) provides an opportunity ...

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA) Itinerary

VIRGINIA
8.5 miles
For anyone who enjoys biking on roads, but is fearful of passing cars, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (DSCT) is for you. The trail follows 8.5 miles of wide, flat asphalt that was formerly a state highway. Bicycles may truly use ‘the full lane’ ...

Willard Munger State Trail (Hinckley-Duluth) Itinerary

MINNESOTA
70 miles
The Hinckley-Duluth segment of the Willard Munger State Trail stretches nearly 70 miles between central Minnesota and the state's gateway to Lake Superior. The trail follows the historical 19th-century route of the Lake Superior and Mississippi ...

Discovery Trail Itinerary

WASHINGTON
8.3 miles
For some, it doesn’t get much better than walking, biking, or skating on a paved path that trundles alongside the Pacific Ocean and winds around grassy dunes uninterrupted by street signs and car traffic. Add to this a chance to play in the ...

Guild-Hardy Trail Itinerary

TENNESSEE
5 miles
The Guild-Hardy Trail is a 10-mile, round-trip hiking and bicycling route on southern Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain. This rail-trail winds up and down forested slopes to follow the route of the former Chattanooga & Lookout Mountain Railway. Along ...

Grand Teton Multi-use Pathway Itinerary

WYOMING
20.3 miles
Northwest Wyoming is a place of incredible beauty. The Teton Range is one of the most distinctive features of the region, and the two neighboring national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, attract millions of visitors annually. The only ...