Trail Itineraries

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Our trail itineraries provide an insider's guide to some of America's best outdoor destinations. Each trail was handpicked by staff at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for its scenic beauty, historical and cultural attractions, welcoming communities, and suitability for most ages and abilities. Our detailed multi-day itineraries include everything you need for planning a trip, including recommended places to eat, stay, visit, and rent bicycles, as well as customized maps that pinpoint these locations along each trail.
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Banks-Vernonia State Trail

23.2 mi
State: OR

Betsie Valley Trail

42.8 mi
State: MI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Capital Crescent Trail

12.7 mi
State: DC, MD

Kal-Haven Trail State Park

33.95 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Pine Creek Rail Trail

62.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

The High Line

1.6 mi
State: NY
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
OR 23.2 mi Asphalt
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...
MI 42.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
DC, MD 12.7 mi Asphalt
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...
MI 33.95 mi Crushed Stone
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...
PA 62.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
NY 1.6 mi Concrete

Top Trail Histories

Burke-Gilman Trail

WA - 18.8 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

NE - 202.9 miles
Surfaces: Concrete,Crushed Stone

Historic Railroad Trail

NV - 3.7 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone,Dirt

Greenbrier River Trail

WV - 77 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Boardwalk,Crushed Stone

Chippewa River State Trail

WI - 30.4 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Boardwalk,Cinder,Concrete,Gravel

Catskill Scenic Trail

NY - 26 miles
Surfaces: Cinder,Crushed Stone,Dirt,Gravel

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

PA - 50.8 miles
Surfaces: Ballast,Crushed Stone

Galloping Goose Trail (CO)

CO - 20 miles
Surfaces: Dirt,Gravel

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

OH - 24.3 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

NM - 16.8 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Dirt

River's Edge Trail (MT)

MT - 55 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Gravel

Flint Hills Trail State Park

KS - 118 miles
Surfaces: Ballast,Crushed Stone

Schuylkill River Trail

PA - 82.4 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Boardwalk,Concrete,Crushed Stone,Dirt,Gravel

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

UT - 28 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Gravel

Monon Trail

IN - 27.1 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Panhandle Trail

PA,WV - 29 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Crushed Stone

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Snakes, bugs, overgrown, not maintained, trail ends, unmarked, Waste of time!

Walking the Pat Mcgee Trail ... we have to clean up after our dogs ... why don't the people on horses have to clean up after their horses???

June 21, 2024
Our second day on the Heritage was even better than the first; more wildlife. It was partly sunny, still hot, and we had a 5 MPH wind from the west, gusting to around 10mph. For this ride we parked at the Epworth parking lot and headed west to Farley. There was quite a bit of elevation on this 4 mile trip (344 feet), which was a total of 5 miles as we went into Farley for lunch. After, we headed east on the trail and went to the Graf parking area. The trail was the same as the day before, perfect. The total elevation on the after lunch ride was only 141 feet. When we got back to Epworth, we were disappointed to see someone hit one of our riders car that was parked there; no note, no nothing, I would have left a note to let the driver know if I hit their car. SMH. It was a bit of a downer to an otherwise great day. Kevin


June 20 and 21, 2024
We explored the Heritage trail over two days in June. It was hot, partly sunny with a light breeze out of the west at 9 mph gusting to 15 mph. Day 1 we rode from Dyersville to Farley and return to Dyersville. It was day three in the saddle, so we took it easy and did the 12 miles in just over an hour. There was some elevation, around 250 feet going east. The trail started as asphalt but quickly turned to crushed rock/limestone. It was no issue for the group (one rider had a road back and all was good). This was perfect rails to trails. Covered ride, well maintained path and nature all around us. Was this heaven, no, it was Iowa. I highly recommend the Heritage. One PSA - the trail is not free. There is a pass required and there are several options. We took an annual pass and did not mind the donation. Enjoy the ride and I hope this helps. Kevin

June 19, 2024 (11:30AM)
Rode the Great River Trail as day two of our Mississippi trip. I was not happy with the trip at all. Let me tell you why. The trail is 60+ miles long and stretches from Savanna, IL to the Rock Island, IL area. Having read the reviews we drove up Hwy 84 to just south of Savanna. We could see the trail along the way, asphalt but a lot of cracks/bumps, dips and yikes areas. We saw maybe 2 bikers. Our starting point ended up at Spring Lake, just south of Savanna. It was a good spot and there is a 4 mile trail around this lake, which we did not do, but wished we had. Going south, our plan was to get to Thomson and grab a lunch. The weather was hot with just enough wind, out of the south, to be annoying. At first the trail was a perfect rails to trails; asphalt path, a little cluttered but ok. We rounded a turn at a nice visitors center and then the niceness ended; as did the trail. We ended up on a country road; Riverview Road; which is a road but there were limited glimpses of the river. Traffic was light therefore we had no trouble with cars/trucks. We kept waiting for the trail to pick back up but it never did. This was our main disappointment. The saving grace was Dusty's, in Thomson, IL. The friendly staff took good care of us, cooling us down and getting us some lunch. We flipped back north, past the federal penitentiary, on the country road, this time with the wind at our backs. All in all we did 16 miles with 157 feet of elevation. This was a one time trail for us. I look back at the trail map and it does show Riverview Road, however I wanted to make sure, with this review, that other riders understood that they would be on a country road.

Nice Trail connecting one side of the city to the other. Some construction detours but nothing terrible. Lots of bike traffic and walkers/runners. Car traffic was very polite and stopped for people crossing.

Rode this trail from Red Wing to Cannon Falls last year and loved it. Tried the same today and only made it 3 miles. Tree on path and flooded in areas.

Was a beautiful trail to ride. Only small amounts of bumps on the asphalt, which were well marked with spray paint. It was riding through the forest and many large old white pines. There were hills but it was fun. At the north end of the trail is the Mississippi Headwaters. As well as a cafe and gift shop which was nice. We unfortunately forgot our wallets - so no ice cream :(. Also the beautiful visitor center on the south end of the trail was really informative. We were quite impressed.

June 18, 2024 (12:30PM)
We rode the river trail on the 18th of June. It was hot and windy (winds out of the East/South East @15 MPH gusting to 25MPH). We parked south of Davenport at the trail head on Credit Island and rode to the Pat and Jack Bush Scenic Overlook, which provides a nice view of the river. The total round trip was 16.6 miles, with a lunch stop at Front Street Pub in Davenport. The ride had very little elevation, about 25 feet. The wind was a big factor for us as was the heat. There is little to no protection on this ride from the sun. It is all out in the open. The path was very nice, clean and paved. Will do it again, maybe starting at Riverdale and go south.

Been at least 3 yrs since I did this trail, probably longer. Took off at Walkers Mill Rd lot and headed west. The part in Allegheny County is crushed limestone, quite decent shape (been very dry here lately), not many ridges, or bumps or washouts. The only unpleasant portion has a mix of old asphalt and gravel, that was quite bumpy for less than a full mile.

Once you reach Washington county, the trail turns to smooth asphalt and is great! Very beautiful, quiet, not very crowded (saw maybe 20 users over 2 hrs). Wildflowers of purple and yellow all along the trail in full bloom. Got close to a doe who was eating trailside and not scared by our presence.

Turned around after 12.5 miles, somewhere past Midway and near Bulger. Mostly downhill on way back so that is nice!

Rode June 2024 on Tuesday, Wed. Saw very few people on trail. Did not see unrestrained dogs. Signage to call sheriff if see unrestrained dogs. The trail is paved and bridges are beautiful. Only 26 miles of trail are open because the second tunnel closed for repair. The only place on trail to purchase food and drink is Griffith Family Farm Store, but they are closed on Sunday. Jenny Wiley State Park is nearby and wonderful place to kayak, hike, and chill out at lodge, cabins, or camping.

Since moving to Fernandina Beach from the Florida west coast, we had been looking for a good trail at a decent length. This is a perfect route with very few driveways and the ability to really get your heart rate up. Plus, the scenery is amazing! We are in love!

Rode this trail June 2024 from Lamont to Tetonia. Gorgeous scenery of wide open lush farmland with the Tetons in the background. i chose this section because I didn't have enough time to do the full stretch and I wanted to see the bridge over Bitch Creek. It did not disappoint.

Tiny parking lots at Lamont and Felt enable you to jump on/jump off. It took me 2.5 hours on an e-bike but using the assistance at a minimum. There is a cafe in Tetonia if you are hungry when you arrive, or go another 7 miles to Driggs (no known bike path, but had our car there).

Trail is mostly gravel and only a few spots with loose sand. Definitely recommend!

I rode the section between Rushford and Whalen and it was a great ride. Lots of canopy on a very hot and humid day. You could see that the trail had been cleaned up. Unfortunately, just after we rode it, a flash flood warning was issued so, I don’t know if there was any damage. I would definitely ride it again. The previous two reviewers who rode it in June 2024 gave the trail a 1 & 2 stars just because the trail wasn’t cleaned up were too harsh. Give the volunteers and crew a chance to clean things up.

Skated the entire trail plus the new section not shown in the map. Amazing asphalt for skating on in-lines and outdoor quads. Did 19 miles overall. Very green and beautiful. Lots of amenities on the trail. Everyone was friendly. Just a great gem of a trail.

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