Trail Histories

Preserving America’s Railroad History

Histories summary:

For more than 100 years, the railroad was the backbone of American travel and was integral to the development of countless communities. Rail-trails not only preserve these corridors for transportation, but provide a window to the past with restored train depots, trestles, cabooses, and other railroad relics along their routes. Explore the fascinating stories behind some of the country's most iconic rail-trails by reading our railroad histories.

  • Name
  • Length
  • Rating
142 Results

Air Line State Park Trail

55.9 mi
State: CT
Gravel

Allegheny Highlands Trail

24.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

American Tobacco Trail

22.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Arkansas River Trail

21.2 mi
State: AR
Asphalt, Concrete

Aroostook Valley Trail

28 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion

Astoria Riverwalk

6.4 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail

13 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

22.7 mi
State: OR
Asphalt

Betsie Valley Trail

22.1 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Blackstone River Greenway (RI)

11.8 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Blackwater Canyon Trail

10.5 mi
State: WV
Dirt, Gravel

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)

2.7 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete

Boise River Greenbelt

46.1 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Burke-Gilman Trail

18.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Candy Mountain Express Bike Trail

16 mi
State: UT
Asphalt

Cannon Valley Trail

19.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Cape Cod Rail Trail

21.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Capital Crescent Trail

11 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway

64.2 mi
State: TX
Ballast

Cardinal Greenway

62 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Catskill Scenic Trail

26 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

67.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Chase Trail

14 mi
State: AK
Dirt, Gravel

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.8 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Chief Ladiga Trail

33 mi
State: AL
Asphalt

Chippewa River State Trail

38.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

219.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

6.5 mi
State: TN
Asphalt, Gravel

D & L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

25.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Deckers Creek Trail

19 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

69.5 mi
State: NJ
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Discovery Trail

8.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

East Bay Bike Path

14 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

32 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

40 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Flint Hills Nature Trail

117 mi
State: KS
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Fox River Trail (IL)

43 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Frisco Highline Trail

36 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

20 mi
State: CO
Dirt, Gravel

Genesee Valley Greenway

68.8 mi
State: NY
Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

George S. Mickelson Trail

109 mi
State: SD
Crushed Stone

Ghost Town Trail

36.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

51.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Great Allegheny Passage

150 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Great Northern Historical Trail

22 mi
State: MT
Asphalt

Great Western Trail (IA)

16.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Greenbrier River Trail

77 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail

19.5 mi
State: SC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Guild-Hardy Trail

5 mi
State: TN
Gravel

Heartland State Trail

49 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

High Bridge Trail

32.4 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

High Line

1.5 mi
State: NY
Concrete

High Trestle Trail

25.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Historic Battlefield Trail

8.5 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Historic Railroad Trail

3.7 mi
State: NV
Dirt, Gravel

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

28 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

20.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Homestead Trail

40 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Hop River State Park Trail

20 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Illinois Prairie Path

61 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Island Line Rail Trail

14 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Gravel

Jamaica North Trail

7.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Jane Addams Trail

14.8 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Junction & Breakwater Trail

6.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

34 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Katy Trail State Park

239.6 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Ke Ala Hele Makalae

7.3 mi
State: HI
Asphalt, Concrete

Kennebec Valley Trail

14.6 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Keuka Outlet Trail

7 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Leelanau Trail

16.6 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Lehigh Valley Trail

16.4 mi
State: NY
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Little Miami Scenic Trail

73 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Concrete

Longleaf Trace

40.6 mi
State: MS
Asphalt

McQueen's Island Trail

5.6 mi
State: GA
Gravel

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

21 mi
State: WY
Gravel

Mesabi Trail

115 mi
State: MN
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Military Ridge State Trail

38.8 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mineral Belt Trail

11.6 mi
State: CO
Asphalt

Missisquoi Valley Rail-Trail

26.1 mi
State: VT
Crushed Stone

Mon River Trail North

6 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Mon River Trail South

17.7 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Monon Trail

24 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Montour Trail

46 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mountain-Bay State Trail

83.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

New River Trail State Park

57.7 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Nickel Plate Trail

36.9 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

North Bend Rail Trail

72 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

North Central State Trail

62 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

North County Trailway

22.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Northern Rail Trail

58 mi
State: NH
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

7.3 mi
State: WA
Crushed Stone

Panhandle Trail

29 mi
State: PA, WV
Crushed Stone

Paul Bunyan State Trail

119.3 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Paulinskill Valley Trail

27 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail

30 mi
State: MI
Asphalt

Pine Creek Rail Trail

62 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

51.3 mi
State: KS
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Raccoon River Valley Trail

88.1 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

50.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Richard Martin Trail

10.2 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone, Gravel

River's Edge Trail

38 mi
State: MT
Asphalt, Gravel

Root River State Trail

42 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Route of the Hiawatha

15 mi
State: ID
Gravel

Sacramento River Rail Trail

11.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sacramento River Trail

12.27 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Saint John Valley Heritage Trail

17 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

17 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Dirt

Silver Comet Trail

61.5 mi
State: GA
Concrete

Snoqualmie Valley Trail

31.5 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Gravel

Sussex Branch Trail

18 mi
State: NJ
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Swamp Fox Passage (Palmetto Trail)

42 mi
State: SC
Dirt, Grass

Tammany Trace

27.5 mi
State: LA
Asphalt

Tanglefoot Trail

43.6 mi
State: MS
Asphalt

Thermal Belt Rail-Trail

8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Tobacco Heritage Trail

22.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail

11 mi
State: AK
Asphalt

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

69.1 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Tunnel Hill State Trail

55.6 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

6.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

63 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

21.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel

West Fork Trail

22 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Western Maryland Rail Trail

22 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

42.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Wilderness Road Trail

8.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Willapa Hills Trail

56 mi
State: WA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Withlacoochee State Trail

46 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Concrete

Wood River Trails

33.7 mi
State: ID
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Air Line State Park Trail gets its name from the term once used to describe some railroads that conveyed the straightest practical means of connecting to points, or an “air line.” Nearly all such projects ...
CT 55.9 mi Gravel
 The “Wild Mary,” as the road was affectionately known, stretched through three different states, including Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, it was the last major railroad to be ...
WV 24.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The American Tobacco Trail is located on roughly half of the right-of-way of what was a branch once owned by the original Norfolk Southern Railway (NS). But the property predates even the NS, having been ...
NC 22.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
A section of the current Arkansas River Trail runs alongside the active railroad grade of the short line, Little Rock & Western (LR&W), situated along the south bank of the waterway somewhat west of town. ...
AR 21.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Aroostook Valley Railroad (AVR) was a small short line located in the remote northern region of Maine, and the Aroostook Valley Trail is named for this former railroad, which uses virtually its entire ...
ME 28 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Today’s Astoria Riverwalk trail was created during the mid-1990s using primarily the former right-of-way of the Burlington Northern. The corridor runs along the waterfront of the Columbia River nearly ...
OR 6.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail is named after the railroad that previously operated the corridor. The right-of-way carries an interesting history that traces back to the 1880s as a standard, steam-powered ...
MD 13 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail, named for the two towns it links, has an interesting history as a railroad corridor. During its earliest years, the property was part of an interurban network known as the ...
OR 22.7 mi Asphalt
Today’s Betsie Valley Trail lies along the northern-most section of the legendary Ann Arbor Railroad (AA), roughly 22 miles long, and is one of Michigan’s most well-known lines. The company, affectionately ...
MI 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail provides recreationists incredible scenic views of northern California. Along the corridor you will see former timberlands, cross numerous bridges and tunnels, ...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
Except for a very short segment, the route used today by the Blackstone River Bikeway follows an active railroad line owned by the Providence & Worcester Railroad (P&W). The right-of-way dates back to ...
RI 11.8 mi Asphalt
The Blackwater Canyon Trail follows one of the most picturesque former railroad grades ever constructed across the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Located in north-central West Virginia, the trail winds ...
WV 10.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
What is today Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail, or “The 606,” was formerly a segment of the storied Milwaukee Road. Long known as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific, this railroad once stretched from ...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
A segment of today’s Boise River Greenbelt follows a former railroad right-of-way that belonged to the Union Pacific. This large, Class I railroad is still in business and currently operates more than ...
ID 46.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Today’s Burke-Gilman Trail follows a former right-of-way of one of Seattle’s first railroads: the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway (SLS&E). Because transcontinental lines building from the east were ...
WA 18.8 mi Asphalt
Trains were still plying the rails south of Richfield, Utah, along what is now the Candy Mountain Express Bike Trail until the early 1970s. The corridor was once the property of the Denver & Rio Grande ...
UT 16 mi Asphalt
The Cannon Valley Trail runs nearly 20 miles along a segment of the former Chicago Great Western (CGW). The so-called “Corn Belt Route” was a classic “granger” railroad (that is, a Midwestern line that ...
MN 19.7 mi Asphalt
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is located on Massachusetts’ beautiful Cape Cod, using a section of what was once the easternmost extension of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The line was originally ...
MA 21.9 mi Asphalt
The Capital Crescent Trail is located primarily in western Washington, D.C., and uses the right-of-way of the entire former Georgetown Branch of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.  While this line became one ...
DC, MD 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Located in the Northern Panhandle of Texas, the Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway is the region’s longest recreational corridor and uses more than 60 miles of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy’s (CB&Q) ...
TX 64.2 mi Ballast
The Cardinal Greenway in Indiana used more than 60 miles of what was once the Chesapeake & Ohio’s (C&O) main line to Chicago. The corridor was constructed by a predecessor company at the turn of the 20th ...
IN 62 mi Asphalt
One of the most scenic recreational corridors in the Northeast is the Catskill Mountain Trail, located within New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains. This also held true when trains still plied the route ...
NY 26 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
During the height of the interurban industry, the state of Iowa was home to the most mileage west of the Mississippi River, behind only Texas and California. This is interesting because most interurban ...
IA 67.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Although most of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail does follow a former railroad grade, for about a mile it follows the active Alaska Railroad (ARR) line south out of Anchorage. The ARR is Alaska’s primary ...
AK 14 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Cheshire Rail Trail follows the former grade of the Cheshire Railroad, an early carrier established during the 1840s. It completed the corridor later that decade, reaching as far west as Bellows Falls, ...
NH 32.8 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
What is today known as the Chief Ladiga Trail is named after a famous passenger train by the same name operated by the Seaboard Air Line (SAL), once one of the South’s largest railroads. The “Silver Comet,”which ...
AL 33 mi Asphalt
The Chippewa River State Trail winds its way northward along the waterway for which it is named, running between Durand and Eau Claire along a former branch of the fabled Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & ...
WI 38.5 mi Asphalt
Today’s Cowboy Trail spans much of the Chicago & North Western’s fabled “Cowboy Line” across central and western Nebraska. The entire route gave the C&NW access well into Wyoming, its farthest western ...
NE 219.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail runs along a 6.5-mile segment of the old Tennessee Central Railway between Ashland City and Cheatham Lake, along the banks of the river for which it is named. The ...
TN 6.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Today’s popular D&L Trail covers 165 miles between Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and the Delaware River north of Pennsylvania. The section between Jim Thorpe and White Haven, which negotiates the beautiful ...
PA 25.7 mi Crushed Stone
Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to three recreational trails that trace their histories back to former rail corridors, all once part of the historic Baltimore & Ohio. The Deckers Creek Trail extends ...
WV 19 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
A section of the expansive Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park Trail uses the former rail grade of what was originally the Belvidere Delaware Railroad. What was dubbed the “Bel Del” dates back to its chartering ...
NJ 69.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The aptly named Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail spans the very western segment of the railroad for which it is named. Although the D&RGW was not a large system in terms of overall mileage, it pieced ...
UT 23.5 mi Asphalt
The former railroad corridor that now makes up much of the Discovery Trail has not seen a train since the era of the Great Depression. However, it was nevertheless a fascinating operation that provided ...
WA 8.3 mi Asphalt
The East Bay Bike Path has grown into a popular recreational corridor in southern Rhode Island between Providence and Bristol. The route’s history traces back to the New York, New Haven & Hartford (commonly ...
RI 14 mi Asphalt
When what is now the Elroy-Sparta State Trail was in service as a rail line, the route between Elroy and Sparta, Wisconsin, was part of the Chicago & North Western Railway’s (C&NW) main line connecting ...
WI 32 mi Crushed Stone
The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is one of the largest recreational corridors in Connecticut, running nearly the state’s entire length north of New Haven. It uses a former branch of the New York, New ...
CT 40 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
The Flint Hills Nature Trail is located on the former right-of-way of the Missouri Pacific in central Kansas. The MP, or “MoPac” as it was affectionately known, was a large Midwestern railroad that operated ...
KS 117 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Fox River Trail in Illinois used most of the former Aurora, Elgin & Fox River Electric Company’s (AE&FRE) right-of-way, running along the Fox River between Aurora and Elgin. For many years this interurban ...
IL 43 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Frisco Highline Trail is named after the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway’s former corridor between Kanas City and Springfield. This particular route was its secondary line between those two points, ...
MO 36 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Galloping Goose Trail is named after an interesting contraption once used for passenger service by the Rio Grande Southern (RGS), the railroad which originally built and operated the right-of-way. ...
CO 20 mi Dirt, Gravel
Many years ago, before the creation of the Genesee Valley Greenway running between Black Creek and Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park, the corridor hosted trains of the large and powerful Pennsylvania Railroad ...
NY 68.8 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The George S. Mickelson Trail provides visitors with breathtaking views of South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills. The corridor is more than 100 miles long and travels over the entire Chicago, Burlington ...
SD 109 mi Crushed Stone
The Ghost Town Trail primarily follows the meandering Black Lick Creek between Ebensburg and Black Lick, while also turning north from Vintondale along the creek’s North Branch for a few miles. These rights-of-way, ...
PA 36.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Glacial Drumlin State Trail features a section of the Chicago & North Western’s (C&NW) former main line between Milwaukee and Madison. This particular corridor was constructed during the C&NW’s expansion ...
WI 51.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Great Allegheny Passage through Pennsylvania is primarily made up of two former railroad corridors stretching from McKeesport (just south of Pittsburgh) to Cumberland, Maryland, and spans more than ...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Great Northern Historical Trail is named after the railroad that once operated the right-of-way north of Somers, Montana. The Great Northern (GN) was one of the three major transcontinental systems ...
MT 22 mi Asphalt
One of the best remembered granger railroads of the Midwest was the Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW), whose tagline was the “Corn Belt Route.” A granger railroad was one that derived a significant portion ...
IA 16.5 mi Asphalt
The Greenbrier River Trail is one of West Virginia’s premier recreation corridors, spanning nearly 80 miles along its namesake river in the eastern Appalachian Mountains. The pathway traces its history ...
WV 77 mi Gravel
The curiously named Swamp Rabbit Trail follows the former right-of-way of what was once the Greenville & Northern Railway, a short line running north from Greenville, South Carolina. The history of the ...
SC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Guild-Hardy Trail has one of the more interesting histories of all recreational corridors converted from a former railroad grade. The right-of-way dates back to the 1880s, when the route’s express ...
TN 5 mi Gravel
Today’s Heartland State Trail was originally a branch of the Great Northern Railway (GN), running between its main lines at Cass Lake and Sauk Centre. The corridor was constructed in stages during the ...
MN 49 mi Asphalt
Today’s breathtaking High Bridge Trail runs along 32 miles of the former Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W) in central Virginia. Its signature feature is the nearly half-mile-long bridge that spans the Appomattox ...
VA 32.4 mi Crushed Stone
The High Line recreational corridor has a fascinating history of the days when it once ran freight trains. The route was built by the New York Central System in conjunction with New York City to alleviate ...
NY 1.5 mi Concrete
The history of the High Trestle Trail as a rail corridor dates to two different railroads: the popular trestle for which it is named was owned by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (CMStP&P, a.k.a., ...
IA 25.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The town of Brownsville, Texas, located near the Mexican border along the banks of the Rio Grande River, was once served by two major railroads. The Historic Battlefield Trail uses a short stretch of what ...
TX 8.5 mi Asphalt
The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail offers a 7-mile trek through the open desert southeast of Las Vegas. While such a landscape may sound bland and uninteresting, it actually offers magnificent panoramic ...
NV 3.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
Today’s Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park was once a branch line operated by Union Pacific, our country’s largest current railroad, with a current system stretching more than 32,000 miles. This ...
UT 28 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway offers relaxing and scenic views of southwestern Ohio, winding its way along the Hocking River and what remains of the Hocking Canal. Much of the trail uses a former branch ...
OH 20.3 mi Asphalt
Both the Homestead Trail and Jamaica Trail, running south of Lincoln, Nebraska, use nearly 50 miles of a former Union Pacific (UP) branch line. The history of this corridor traces back to the late 1870s, ...
NE 40 mi Crushed Stone
The Hop River State Park Trail follows more than 18 miles of former New York, New Haven & Hartford (NYNH&H) right-of-way in central Connecticut between Hartford and Willimantic. Unfortunately, while the ...
CT 20 mi Crushed Stone
The Illinois Prairie Path follows nearly the entire right-of-way of the former Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Railroad (CA&E), once a prominent and important interurban serving the western suburbs of the Windy ...
IL 61 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Long ago, the state of Vermont was once home to, and was served by, several different railroads. One of these was the Green Mountain State’s own Rutland, which once linked much of Vermont and its notable ...
VT 14 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Both the Homestead Trail and Jamaica Trail, running south of Lincoln, Nebraska, use nearly 50 miles of a former Union Pacific (UP) branch line. The history of this corridor traces back to the late 1870s, ...
NE 7.9 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Today’s Jane Addams Trail spans nearly 15 miles, following the former Illinois Central’s (IC) branch to the state capital of Wisconsin at Madison. Coincidentally, this line and one other would constitute ...
IL 14.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one of several rail trails created after the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (a.k.a., the “Milwaukee Road”) abandoned its Pacific Coast Extension in 1980. ...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
The Junction & Breakwater Rail Trail is named after the railroad that originally constructed the right-of-way between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach during the 19th century: the Junction & Breakwater Railroad. ...
DE 6.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Today’s Kal-Haven Trail offers stunning scenery through southwest Michigan, while the right-of-way provides a relatively flat and easy surface for hiking, jogging, or cycling. For many years, however, ...
MI 34 mi Crushed Stone
If it seems like the Katy Trail State Park goes on and on, seemingly forever, you would not be far off in that assessment! The park is the largest unbroken rail trail corridor in the country, stretching ...
MO 239.6 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
It may seem hard to believe, but the Hawaiian Islands were not only once home to one, but many railroads. Except for the Hawaii Consolidated Railway located on the Big Island, all of the chains’ railroads ...
HI 7.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The state of Maine has a rich heritage with railroads thanks to its thick forests and fertile soils, which created the need to move timber and agricultural products. What is today the Kennebec Valley Trail ...
ME 14.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
The short Keuka Outlet Trail, located in western New York State, was once a short branch of the New York Central System (NYC). The railroad dated to the late 1870s and at that time was known by another ...
NY 7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Leelanau Trail is located near the banks of Lake Michigan along the upper reaches of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. During the corridor’s history, it served as the northernmost branch of the Manistee ...
MI 16.6 mi Asphalt
{{bodyImage1}} The Lehigh Valley’s (LV) extension into Buffalo began in 1889, when founder Asa Packer became frustrated with the trackage rights agreement into Buffalo over the Erie Railroad. At this ...
NY 16.4 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
While you may not realize it, the popular Little Miami Scenic Trail maintains the same name as the railroad that originally built the corridor. The Little Miami Railroad (LMRR) was once one of Ohio’s first ...
OH 73 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Today’s Longleaf Trace spans a former Illinois Central line that was originally part of a rather large logging operation known as the Mississippi Central Railroad (MCRR). The history of this company dates ...
MS 40.6 mi Asphalt
The McQueens Island Historic Trail offers beautiful seaside and marsh views of coastal Georgia. Located east of Savannah, this recreational corridor hugs the banks of the Savannah River much of the way ...
GA 5.6 mi Gravel
The immediate history of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail dates back to a former Union Pacific (UP) branch that diverged from its Overland Route main line at Laramie, Wyoming, and proceeded southwesterly into ...
WY 21 mi Gravel
The Mesabi Trail has grown into one of the country’s largest, single rail trails, covering more than 100 miles in northern Minnesota. The corridor winds its way between Grand Rapids and Aurora while passing ...
MN 115 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Military Ridge State Trail encompasses 45 miles of the former Chicago & North Western (C&NW) right-of-way between Madison and Dodgeville. This particular line was fairly typical of the numerous secondary ...
WI 38.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Today’s Mineral Belt Trail provides a glimpse of Leadville’s once prominent stature as a major mining community; its route is made up of former railroad rights-of-way belonging to the three major systems ...
CO 11.6 mi Asphalt
The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail spans the entire length of a branch line formerly owned by the Central Vermont Railway (CV). The CV was a rather small but classic New England railroad that ran from its ...
VT 26.1 mi Crushed Stone
Both the north and South sections of today’s Mon River Trail, located near Morgantown, West Virginia, follow a former right-of-way once operated by the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), formerly an important railroad ...
WV 6 mi Crushed Stone
Both the north and South sections of today’s Mon River Trail, located near Morgantown, West Virginia, follow a former right-of-way once operated by the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), formerly an important railroad ...
WV 17.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Monon Trail follows more than 18 miles of the former Monon Railroad north of Indianapolis. Its complete name was the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway, and it became fondly remembered in Indiana ...
IN 24 mi Asphalt
The region around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is now home to a long laundry list of trail projects that use the rights-of-way of many rail lines that once served the Steel City years ago. One of these recreational ...
PA 46 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Mountain-Bay State Trail follows a former segment of a secondary Chicago & North Western (C&NW) line that ran west of Green Bay. As was the case with much of the C&NW’s later system, this particular ...
WI 83.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Boston & Maine (B&M) was one of the New England’s largest and most expansive systems, with a network stretching across much of the region. Generally speaking, its routes radiated from Boston, and when ...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
Today’s popular New River Trail State Park is located within the beautiful valleys and mountains of southwestern Virginia and follows the banks of the New River much of the way. The corridor was originally ...
VA 57.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Nickel Plate Trail is named after the railroad that previously owned the corridor known as the Nickel Plate Road. Its official name was the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, and it grew into ...
IN 36.9 mi Asphalt
One of West Virginia’s premier recreational corridors, the North Bend Rail Trail is located in the state’s north-central region and spans some 72 miles from just outside Clarksburg (at Wolf Summit) to ...
WV 72 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Michigan is home to one of the highest concentrations of rail trails found anywhere in the country. The North Central State Trail is one of them, and as its name implies, the corridor is located in the ...
MI 62 mi Crushed Stone
Today’s North County Trailway uses a fabled corridor that was once part of the massive New York Central System (NYC). The right-of-way’s roots trace back to the New York & Putnam Railroad, which itself ...
NY 22.1 mi Asphalt
The history of today’s Northern Rail Trail can be traced well back to the 19th century when the corridor was constructed by the Northern Railroad. This system was one of New Hampshire’s earliest behind ...
NH 58 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Norwottuck Rail-Trail comprises two different sections of rights-of-way originally owned by two railroads. The segment east of Northampton (known as the Mass Central Section) is roughly 10 miles, and ...
MA 4.9 mi Asphalt
The Norwottuck Rail-Trail comprises two different sections of rights-of-way originally owned by two railroads. The segment east of Northampton (known as the Mass Central Section) is roughly 10 miles, and ...
MA 10 mi Asphalt
Railroads have not operated on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula since the mid-1980s, but today part of a former right-of-way is now a section of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Much of the history ...
WA 34.7 mi Asphalt
Railroads have not operated on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula since the mid-1980s, but today part of a former right-of-way is now a section of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Much of the history ...
WA 19.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Railroads have not operated on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula since the mid-1980s, but today part of a former right-of-way is now a section of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Much of the history ...
WA 7.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Panhandle Trail uses a short segment of what was once a primary component of the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad’s (PRR) main line to St. Louis and secondary route to Chicago. The history of this corridor ...
PA, WV 29 mi Crushed Stone
Appropriately named, the Paul Bunyan State Trail was originally built as a logging railroad during the late 1800s and later was a branch of the Northern Pacific Railway, which acquired the property in ...
MN 119.3 mi Asphalt
The Paulinskill Valley Trail travels a former segment of the New York, Susquehanna & Western’s (NYS&W) main line to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, which was abandoned long ago. The railroad went by a number ...
NJ 27 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail offers the chance to hike a section of what was once Michigan’s largest independent railroad—the Pere Marquette Railway (PM). The trail runs between Midland (west of Bay City) ...
MI 30 mi Asphalt
Railroads through Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Gorge in the counties of Lycoming and Tioga had a history that could be traced as far back as the earliest days of the industry itself. However, the first true ...
PA 62 mi Crushed Stone
Today’s Prairie Spirit Trail follows part of a former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF, a.k.a., the Santa Fe) branch line between Ottawa and Iola, Kansas. The history of this route dates back ...
KS 51.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Raccoon River Valley Trail has a rich history with railroads since it used two different former corridors running northwest of Des Moines, Iowa. The first section, opened to the public in the late ...
IA 88.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Redbank Valley Rail Trail is located on former railroad right-of-way and follows Redbank Creek much of the way, extending to Sligo via Lawsonham. All of this property was long-owned by the mighty Pennsylvania ...
PA 50.6 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The history of the Richard Martin Trail as a corridor for trains, located north of Athens, Alabama, can be traced back to the pre-Civil War days when a small railroad opened the route for service. After ...
AL 10.2 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The River’s Edge Trail extends northeasterly out of Great Falls running along the Missouri River the entire way. This recreational corridor is composed of former sections of the Milwaukee Road and Great ...
MT 38 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Many years ago, long before today’s Root River State Trail was created, the right-of-way between Fountain and Houston, Minnesota, was once part of the massive Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad ...
MN 42 mi Asphalt
The Route of the Hiawatha provides recreationists the unique ability to experience the Bitterroot Mountains through northern Idaho and western Montana from the relaxation of a gentle rail bed that extends ...
ID 15 mi Gravel
The Sacramento River Trail provides a chance to enjoy the incredible scenery afforded along Northern California’s Sacramento River near Redding. The corridor’s history can be traced back to a subsidiary ...
CA 11.1 mi Asphalt
The Sacramento River Trail provides a chance to enjoy the incredible scenery afforded along Northern California’s Sacramento River near Redding. The corridor’s history can be traced back to a subsidiary ...
CA 12.27 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Saint John Valley Heritage Trail is a newer recreational corridor established in 2000 along a section of the old Bangor & Aroostook Railroad in the northern reaches of Maine. For more than a century ...
ME 17 mi Crushed Stone
The Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Trail uses a 20-mile section of the former Illinois Terminal (IT), which hugs the shores of the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton, Illinois. The IT grew into ...
IL 20.4 mi Asphalt
The Santa Fe Rail-Trail follows the still-active rail line between Lamy and Santa Fe. It was originally constructed by the legendary Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF) in the late 19th century. Ironically, ...
NM 17 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Schuylkill River Trail is a series of recreational corridors running between Philadelphia and Pottstown, following its namesake waterway much of the way. The trail occupies a former railroad right-of-way ...
PA 27 mi Asphalt
What is today known as the Silver Comet Trail, running from Smyrna, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta), to Esom Hill along the Alabama border, is named after a famous passenger train by the same name operated ...
GA 61.5 mi Concrete
Today’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail uses more than half of what was once the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific’s Everett Branch (CMStP&P), once an important source of timber and related freight on the ...
WA 31.5 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Sussex Branch Trail is named after the rail line by the same name that once ran between Branchville and Waterloo. This particular corridor began as a small, privately owned mining operation during ...
NJ 18 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
While perhaps somewhat surprising given the state’s location in the Southeast, and situated along the Atlantic Coast, South Carolina was once home to a wide range of logging railroads. Today’s Swamp Fox ...
SC 42 mi Dirt, Grass
The current Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail was not only the first such recreational trail opened by the state during the 1980s, but it is also one of the oldest railroad corridors ...
FL 20.5 mi Asphalt
The Tammany Trace trail is located along the northern banks of Lake Pontchartrain, running west of Slidell, passing through Mandeville where it turns north to Abita Springs and then heads west again to ...
LA 27.5 mi Asphalt
While the Tanglefoot Trail was only recently opened as a recreational corridor, the right-of-way dates back to the early 20th century when a small Mississippi railroad intended to connect the Gulf of Mexico ...
MS 43.6 mi Asphalt
The Thermal Belt Rail-Trail follows about 8 miles of a former Southern Railway line located in southwestern North Carolina. The history of the corridor dates back to a predecessor who constructed the route ...
NC 8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Once completed, the Tobacco Heritage Trail will offer a through-corridor across much of central Virginia following abandoned rail grades formerly owned by three of the state’s best remembered railroads. ...
VA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Although most of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail does follow a former railroad grade, for about a mile it follows the active Alaska Railroad (ARR) line south out of Anchorage. The ARR is Alaska’s primary ...
AK 11 mi Asphalt
The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail follows about 20 miles of a once-important Pennsylvania Railroad route between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. The line’s history can be traced back to ...
MD 19.5 mi Crushed Stone
The history of the route that is now a part of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is both fascinating and a bit confusing. Just after the Civil War, gold and silver were discovered in Idaho’s Northern Panhandle, ...
ID 69.1 mi Asphalt
The Tunnel Hill State Trail is named for the railroad tunnel in the small Illinois town where it is located. The corridor was originally built during the early 1870s by a predecessor system that eventually ...
IL 55.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail is named after a bucolic short line established during the early 20th century to haul timber out of the region. It followed the Piney and Tye rivers and was located ...
VA 6.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
One of the more scenic rail trails in the Eastern United States is surely the Virginia Creeper Trail in southwestern Virginia. Within the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the corridor was first conceived ...
VA 32.7 mi Gravel
The Wabash Trace Nature Trail follows a former section of the fabled Wabash Railway’s main line to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The route was originally constructed by a predecessor system during the 1870s, which ...
IA 63 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail follows about two-thirds of a former railroad corridor originally built and operated as the Wallkill Valley Railroad (WV), first established directly after the Civil War. ...
NY 21.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
The West Fork Trail is a rural recreational corridor located in the eastern Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Its name comes from the body of water it follows, the West Fork of the Greenbrier River, ...
WV 22 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Western Maryland Rail Trail covers about 20 miles of the Western Maryland Railway’s (WM) former main line through its home state west of Hagerstown. The WM was once an important carrier to the regions ...
MD 22 mi Asphalt
The Western Reserve Greenway follows much of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s (PRR) former branch line, extending to the shores of Lake Erie at Ashtabula, Ohio. The route’s earliest history dates back to the ...
OH 42.8 mi Asphalt
The Wilderness Road Trail travels a segment of a former coal branch built and operated by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, one of the South’s best recognized systems. The L&N, also known by its slogan ...
VA 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Willapa Hills Trail uses the former corridor of the Northern Pacific Railway’s South Bend Branch, or Willapa Harbor Line, from Chehalis to South Bend along the banks of Willapa Bay. The branch was ...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Today’s Willard Munger State Trail runs along a section of what was once the Northern Pacific Railway’s (NP) main line linking the Twin Cities with Duluth and following the St. Louis River much of the ...
MN 70 mi Asphalt
Today’s Withlacoochee State Trail runs along more than 40 miles of what once was an important corridor belonging to the Atlantic Coast Line. The ACL, or Coast Line as it was also known, operated a vast ...
FL 46 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Idaho’s Wood River Trails follows the northern periphery of what was once a railroad grade owned by the Union Pacific. The line skirted the banks of the Big Wood River much of the way. It was originally ...
ID 33.7 mi Asphalt

Top Trail Itineraries

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.5 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone

Leelanau Trail

MI - 16.6 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Keuka Outlet Trail

NY - 7 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Ballast,Dirt,Gravel

Western Reserve Greenway

OH - 42.8 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt
Accordion

Katy Trail State Park

MO - 239.6 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone,Gravel

Route of the Hiawatha

ID - 15 miles
Surfaces: Gravel

Cardinal Greenway

IN - 62 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

East Bay Bike Path

RI - 14 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Tanglefoot Trail

MS - 43.6 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Pine Creek Rail Trail

PA - 62 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone

Augusta Canal Trail

GA - 7.5 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Dirt

Frisco Highline Trail

MO - 36 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Crushed Stone,Dirt

Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Mass Central Section)

MA - 10 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Air Line State Park Trail

CT - 55.9 miles
Surfaces: Gravel

Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway

TX - 64.2 miles
Surfaces: Ballast

Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 30,000 of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favourite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

New Trail Reviews

The bike shop in Telluride runs guided trips and shuttle on this trail.

Just rode the trail from south to north and back. Beautiful and widely diverse scenery. The trial was slow compared to asphalt or crushed stone, being mostly grass, hard-packed dirt, and some crushed stone. Mostly double-track but single-track in some places. The southern-most end was primarily mowed grass, but the further north we rode, the harder and smoother the trail surface became. There was a Porta-John at the ball field in Little Valley, which was nice, but otherwise no amenities. Met the Director of the Pat McGee Trail on his tractor. Was thrilled that we "came all the way from Rochester to ride his little trail."

We were excited to accept the challenge of the 85 mile rail-trail. We bicycled from Ellsworth to Columbia Falls in 8-10 mile chunks parking at different entry points along the way, making a 16-20 mile ride round trip each time. Every time we rode we encountered an abundance of ATVer's who dusted us out each time we passed each other, and since they were approaching us at rather high speeds, we stopped and got off of the trail each time. We did the majority of our rides mid-week hoping to avoid a lot of ATV traffic but also tried riding on the weekends, same story. The scenery in many of the areas was very nice but on our final ride there was deep, loose gravel and we sadly abandoned the challenge to ride the entire trail. From research after we threw in the towel, it appears that the ATV folk have financed a large part of this trail and are enjoying it thoroughly. In my opinion, I don't think that the ATV/Bicycle mix is a good fit.

Accordion

I have been riding this trail for a couple of years now. The trail is flat and puts you along some very nice scenery, river views from Oaks Pa down to the Philly Art museum. The trail connects to Martin Luther King blvd in Phila. which is closed to cars on the weekends, providing a nice wide street to ride on safely, its’ fantastic. It’s nice to go from suburban to urban down into Manayunk and through to center city. You can park at one of the many trail heads along the way and ride a good number of miles non-stop and there are some great places to stop for coffee or a craft beer along the way. That’s the good.
This past weekend I went for the first time this season and I found it getting a bit more dangerous than usuall. There’s quite a few folks out there that have falsely convinced themselves that the Tour De France is in their future and this trail provides their own personal training ride. The trail for the most part does not accommodate 3 or 4 riders across in a safe manner. That being the case there are many times where the fast and furious riders try to overtake slower riders while there are folks coming toward them in the opposite direction creating a 3 across situation on a narrow path. There are also the groups of riders who “need” to ride 2 and 3 across to chat and refuse to go single file when other riders approach in the opposite direction. I have been forced onto the lawn a few times last year. All of this behavior is at best rude and at worse dangerous. I have seen collisions that have sent people off to the hospital that could have been avoided with a little bit of behavioral modification toward the courteous side. If you’re out there “training” you can spare a second or 2 to apply the breaks and or go single file to avoid a dangerous situation.
This site promotes the rails-to-trails conservancy which attempts to raise money for these types of trails. These trails can be great and worthwhile benefiting many people in the long run by promoting a healthier lifestyle that has a cost benefit to the entire society. However if there are accidents that leave people bloody and in need of an emergency room tax dollars and donation support for this will dry up. The trails (this one in particular) could benefit from some signage outlining proper etiquette and behavior. It would be money well spent.

Hard surface trail. Nice country trail but close to odd house, Estates etc. Nice bridge over looking river. couple of animals. nice and easy hour circle cycle. Well maintained Trail.

we decided to try out this trail and found that is absolutely wonderful. not many hills at all which was great. it was busy at times but not bad at all. will definitely make this a favorite of ours for weekend rides.

This trail is not the best for walking, as so much of it (probably 85% or so) is roadside. There are some nice vistas, but the majority is cars whizzing past.

Fun stroll to Sweetwater Park with varied terrain, tunnels, traffic noise, & access to C470 trail.

I entered the trail by turning onto 1st NW from Portland Ave NW. There is limited parking but easy access. We traveled North from this point. The surface is almost all fine gravel or sand, 1.5 inch tires or wider preferred. Several steep but short climbs over the next few miles made more difficult by the loose surface. However, the scenic views are worth the trouble. We are glad that we took the time to seek out this trail.

We had the opportunity to ride the trail while on our way to Kiptopeke State Park. I had read about the trail in the guide book "Virginia Rail Trails" by Joe Tennis.
The trail is paved, flat and short (2.5 miles) but can be combined with the many bike friendly trails at Kiptopeke State Park for a longer experience.
There is good access to parking at both ends.
While not a destination trail on its own it's certainly worth doing if in the area.
Hopefully it will be extended North in the future as proposed.

We have ridden all the sections before but decided to ride it end-to-end and make a century ride out of it.

We parked a vehicle at Ft. Laurens near Bolivar and a friend drove us up to Lock 39 trailhead off Rockside Road in Independence. From there we rode north to the end of the path at Harvard Road. The route continues north with short sections of bike path intermixed with city streets but we opted to stay off the streets. Turning and heading south the bike path is paved for 6 miles until it enters the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

A couple of recent developments: The section in Akron between memorial park and Mustill Store is closed for construction of the Interceptor Tunnel (a MASSIVE sewer project). The detour is well marked but it goes up a very steep (but short) hill from N-S.

Between Exchange and Cedar in downtown Akron the path is open even though there is a signed detour but it is one lane so ride slow.

There is a new section of path to get off SR212 coming into Bolivar. You have to ride about 0.3 miles on SR212 from McConnel trailhead to reach the new path at the ballfields.

From Ft. Laurens down to SR800 the path is well graded with a fine crushed stone surface. It is narrow in many places - ranging from 3-5' wide. I would recommend riding the old bridge over the Tuscarawas River to Zoar Village (about 0.6 miles each way. Its a historic distric that was a communal village in the 1800's with many original structures.

At SR800 it is possible to pick up the Zoar Valley Trail to continue to Dover/New Philadelphia. There are bike lanes on either sides with crossing flashers which were recently installed. The Zoar Valley Trail is about 0.3 miles east of the OETP. However the trail is a loose river gravel surface better suited to hiking or mountain biking. We decided to ride a few hundred yards on this trail and turn around at the Zoarsville Station Bridge and return to our car at Ft. Laurens instead of struggling on to the Dover Dam.

A couple of other interesting things - There are lots of places to eat and more importantly get ice cream along the trail. The fruit sundae at Szalays Farm Market on Bolanz Road is my favorite. Plus several bike shops. The visitor centers and gift shops of the Cuyahoga Valley NP give you a chance to stretch your legs. I always lock my bike when its out of sight so I make it a habit to always take my lock.

This trail also passes Wastewater Treatment plants in Cleveland, Akron, Barberton, and Massillon so thats just one more bonus.

Wildlife is plentiful depending on the season. Bald Eagles, deer, turtles (sliders and snappers), woodchucks, otters, mink, beaver Canada Geese (with their fuzzlings this time of spring), ducks, great blue herons (who have a rookery off Bath Road). A few years ago semi-professional Bigfoot Hunters were setting wildlife cameras for Grassman - Ohios variation so you may get lucky with a Bigfoot spotting.

Check into the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic RR which offers a Bike Aboard service to let you and your bike ride one way for a few dollars.

Finally rode part of this trail after all these years. Was pleasantly surprised by the amount of shade and vegetation along the part I rode, from Eisenhower Ave. to No. Pelham St, where I turned around. On a Friday afternoon, there were few people, if that appeals to you. Pretty much had the trail to myself, altho it was nice to see a person now and again so you don't feel too alone.

This is a used trail, but you are never in congestion, even on weekends. No shade. Cameron Run on the south side, development on the north. Flat. It's a pleasant trail for those who want little traffic on the trail and an easy bike ride day.

...and I didn't even know it existed until I finally rode part of the Holmes Run Trail.

This is a pleasant, flat trail that runs along Backlick Run. On the south side,
trees, small ones, border the run; on the north side, the trail abuts townhouses' back "yards" - more like back strip of grass for the majority of the trail. No shade. Someone offers a water bowl for dogs on their strip of grass.

On a Friday afternoon, I passed very few people: a few at the Ben Breman parking lot, one person on the actual trail, and no one at the park at the other end.

I give this 3 stars for its pleasantness and quiet.

I rode the trail on 5/20/17 starting at Hellertown's Water Street Park to East Landis St. in Coopersburg, and back again (approx 14 miles). Nice flat, wide trail, packed cinder. Lovely spring day with wildflowers in bloom all along the trail. Water Street Park is nice starting point with lots of parking and public restroom. Since there is a slight 1% grade uphill heading south, the return ride heading back north was just a bit easier. I viewed the map online before my ride and noticed you have to ride through Upper Saucon Community Park to pick up the southern section of the trail.

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR