Trail Itineraries

Self-Guided Trail Tours

Itineraries summary:

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.
  • Name
  • Length
  • Rating
148 Results

Air Line State Park Trail

54.6 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

American Tobacco Trail

22.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Arkansas River Trail

21.2 mi
State: AR
Asphalt, Concrete

Aroostook Valley Trail

28.8 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt
Accordion

Astoria Riverwalk

6.4 mi
State: OR
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Augusta Canal Trail

7.5 mi
State: GA
Asphalt, Dirt

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

Blue River Rail Trail

11.7 mi
State: KS
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Boise River Greenbelt

46.1 mi
State: ID
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Burke-Gilman Trail

18.8 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Cannon Valley Trail

19.7 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Cape Cod Rail Trail

27.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Capital Crescent Trail

11 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway

64.2 mi
State: TX
Ballast

Cardinal Greenway

61.2 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

Centennial Trail State Park

37.5 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Chase Trail

14 mi
State: AK
Dirt, Gravel

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.9 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, 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

141.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

15.7 mi
State: VA
Dirt

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

Delphi Historic Trails

9.8 mi
State: IN
Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Discovery Trail

8.3 mi
State: WA
Asphalt

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

8.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

East Bay Bike Path

14.3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

33.8 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

47.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Fox River Trail (IL)

44.6 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Frisco Highline Trail

37.6 mi
State: MO
Asphalt, Gravel

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

44 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Gitchi-Gami State Trail

28.6 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

53.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Grand Teton Multi-use Pathway

20.3 mi
State: WY
Asphalt

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, Concrete

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, Gravel

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

20.4 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

58.4 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Island Line Rail Trail

13.4 mi
State: VT
Asphalt, Gravel

Jane Addams Trail

18.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

223.8 mi
State: WA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand

Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park

34 mi
State: MI
Crushed Stone

Katy Trail State Park

239.5 mi
State: MO
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Ke Ala Hele Makalae

7.3 mi
State: HI
Asphalt, Concrete

Kennebec Valley Trail

14.5 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

78.1 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

40 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 South

17.7 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Monon Trail

23.1 mi
State: IN
Asphalt

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

18 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Montour Trail

46 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mountain-Bay State Trail

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

Murdock Canal Trail

17 mi
State: UT
Asphalt, Concrete

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

Neuse River Trail

27.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

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

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

81.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Oklahoma River Trails

13 mi
State: OK
Asphalt

Panhandle Trail

29 mi
State: PA, WV
Asphalt, 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

89 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

57.58 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Richard Martin Trail

10.2 mi
State: AL
Crushed Stone, Gravel

River's Edge Trail

41.4 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

16.9 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

17 mi
State: NM
Asphalt, Dirt

Schuylkill River Trail

76.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

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

27.4 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, Dirt

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes

71.8 mi
State: ID
Asphalt

Tunnel Hill State Trail

55.3 mi
State: IL
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

6.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

62.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

21.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

West Fork Trail

22 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Western Maryland Rail Trail

22 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

43 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 (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....
CT 54.6 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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...
CA 32 mi Asphalt
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...
NC 22.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
AR 21.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
ME 28.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
OR 6.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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...
GA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Accordion
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...
MD 13 mi Asphalt
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 22.7 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 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
RI 11.8 mi Asphalt
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...
WV 10.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
IL 2.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
KS 11.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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....
ID 46.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
WA 18.8 mi Asphalt
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...
UT 8 mi Asphalt
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...
MN 19.7 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 27.5 mi Asphalt
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 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
TX 64.2 mi Ballast
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...
IN 61.2 mi Asphalt
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...
NY 26 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
IA 67.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
WA 37.5 mi Asphalt
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...
AK 14 mi Dirt, Gravel
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....
NH 32.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
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....
AL 33 mi Asphalt
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...
WI 38.5 mi Asphalt
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...
NE 219.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
TN 6.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
PA 141.3 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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...
VA 15.7 mi Dirt
“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...
WV 19 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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....
NJ 69.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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 9.8 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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....
UT 23.5 mi Asphalt
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...
WA 8.3 mi Asphalt
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...
VA 8.5 mi Asphalt
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...
RI 14.3 mi Asphalt
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...
WI 33.8 mi Crushed Stone
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...
CT 47.6 mi Asphalt
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...
IL 44.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
MO 37.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
CO 20 mi Dirt, Gravel
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:...
NY 68.8 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
SD 109 mi Crushed Stone
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...
PA 44 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MN 28.6 mi Asphalt
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...
WI 53.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
WY 20.3 mi Asphalt
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...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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....
MT 22 mi Asphalt
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...
IA 16.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
WV 77 mi Gravel
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...
SC 19.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
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...
TN 5 mi Gravel
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...
MN 49 mi Asphalt
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...
VA 32.4 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 1.5 mi Concrete
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...
IA 25.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
TX 8.5 mi Asphalt
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...
NV 3.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
UT 28 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
OH 20.4 mi Asphalt
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...
NE 40 mi Crushed Stone
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...
CT 20 mi Crushed Stone
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...
IL 58.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
VT 13.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
IL 18.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
At nearly 224 miles, the John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Washington state is one of the longest rail-trails in the US. It starts in the western foothills of the snow-capped Cascades and ends at the Idaho...
WA 223.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Sand
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 34 mi Crushed Stone
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...
MO 239.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
HI 7.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
ME 14.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
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...
NY 7 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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...
MI 16.6 mi Asphalt
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...
NY 16.4 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
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...
OH 78.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
MS 40.6 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 10 mi Asphalt
GA 5.6 mi Gravel
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...
WY 21 mi Gravel
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...
MN 115 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
WI 40 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
CO 11.6 mi Asphalt
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...
VT 26.1 mi Crushed Stone
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...
WV 17.7 mi Crushed Stone
The well-designed Monon Trail is an important urban transportation corridor connecting neighborhoods, recreational facilities, cultural centers and schools between downtown Indianapolis and the...
IN 23.1 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 18 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
PA 46 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
WI 83.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
UT 17 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
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....
NC 27.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
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...
VA 57.7 mi Crushed Stone
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...
IN 36.9 mi Asphalt
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...
WV 72 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
MI 62 mi Crushed Stone
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...
NY 22.1 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 58 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
OH 81.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
OK 13 mi Asphalt
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...
WA 34.7 mi Asphalt
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...
PA, WV 29 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
MN 119.3 mi Asphalt
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...
NJ 27 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
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...
MI 30 mi Asphalt
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 mi Crushed Stone
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...
KS 51.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
IA 89 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
PA 57.58 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
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...
AL 10.2 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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...
MT 41.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Like the winding river it parallels, the Root River State Trail dissects southeastern Minnesota through a landscape rumpled with hills and rocky bluffs. Here, scattered farms fold into hillsides and...
MN 42 mi Asphalt
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...
ID 15 mi Gravel
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...
CA 11.1 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 12.27 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
ME 16.9 mi Crushed Stone
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...
IL 20.6 mi Asphalt
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...
NM 17 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
PA 76.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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,...
GA 61.5 mi Concrete
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...
WA 31.5 mi Ballast, Gravel
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...
NJ 18 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
SC 42 mi Dirt, Grass
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...
FL 20.5 mi Asphalt
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...
LA 27.4 mi Asphalt
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...
MS 43.6 mi Asphalt
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...
NC 8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
VA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
AK 11 mi Asphalt
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...
MD 19.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
ID 71.8 mi Asphalt
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...
IL 55.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
VA 6.9 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
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,...
VA 32.7 mi Gravel
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...
IA 62.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
NY 21.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
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...
WV 22 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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....
MD 22 mi Asphalt
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...
OH 43 mi Asphalt
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...
VA 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
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...
WA 56 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
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...
MN 70 mi Asphalt
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...
FL 46 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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....
ID 33.7 mi Asphalt

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Betsie Valley Trail

MI - 22.1 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Rail-Trail

NM - 17 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Dirt

Bloomingdale Trail (The 606)

IL - 2.7 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Concrete

Allegheny Highlands Trail

WV - 24.5 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Crushed Stone
Accordion

Western Maryland Rail Trail

MD - 22 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Kennebec Valley Trail

ME - 14.5 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone,Dirt,Sand

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

PA - 57.58 miles
Surfaces: Ballast,Crushed Stone

Arkansas River Trail

AR - 21.2 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Concrete

Northern Rail Trail

NH - 58 miles
Surfaces: Cinder,Crushed Stone,Dirt,Grass,Gravel

Olympic Discovery Trail - Blyn to Elwha River

WA - 34.7 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt

Little Miami Scenic Trail

OH - 78.1 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Concrete

Withlacoochee State Trail

FL - 46 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Concrete

Prairie Spirit Trail State Park

KS - 51.3 miles
Surfaces: Asphalt,Crushed Stone

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.5 miles
Surfaces: Crushed Stone,Dirt

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

CA - 25.4 miles
Surfaces: Dirt,Gravel

Air Line State Park Trail

CT - 54.6 miles
Surfaces: Ballast,Dirt,Gravel

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Was planning on this being an overnight bike trip, as the kids have never done more than a 10 mile ride. We packed overnight gear, etc. Unfortunately, the forecast for the 2nd day turned sour and the kids decided to push through and finish the ride in one day! they did great - largely on the original rail/paved trail. Towards Rockmart and Cedar Town, it diverted through some downtown areas and some of the uphills were rough..but by and a large a great trail! Both kids left with a great deal more confidence than when they started!

I have 5 kids and they all are able to walk this trail. Smoothe path great for bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs. Always fully stocked with pooper baggies for the four legged walkers, and always quiet and clean. It has a good mixture of sun and shade but keep sunblock handy for the little ones some stretches don't have shade. There is a porta potty near the middle of the trail, and at the beginning near the elementary school, a small park near the Akron bridge and a small basketball court in the ephrata portion. There is also a really cute little elf village near the rothsville portion in a shaded area on the side. (We walk this trail a lot!!) Keep water on had there are no fountains. One end starts in the middle of ephrata where all the reuse-it shops are so if you are into shopping consignment then it is an awesome trail to start shopping drop your stuff off and then start. There is also a little cafe at the intersection not far from the trail so if you want a special treat when you are done, its perfect. If you know where the WIC office is this is almost directly across the street from it. The one thing we are waiting on is for them to finish it.. PLEASE finish it this will be one of the best trails around once complete!!

My husband and I just moved to the area. Decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and hit the trail. Let me say, we don’t ride a lot but knew we wanted more than a few miles. WELL....needless to say we rode from one end to the other AND back. ¿¿ Beautiful day, beautiful ride but 40 miles was an over kill for me. My husband loved it of course and wants to go back by himself to see how fast he can ride it in. Great trail, great ride!

Accordion

The trail is really colorful, especially during the summer when flowers are blooming and the fall when the foliage is blazing. The only thing I would like to see be changed is adding more direction signs and perhaps installing interpretive signs (such as telling about the logging and paper making heritage, the flora and fauna and the history of Millinocket) on the trail.

I absolutely love this trail! I used to live directly on the trail-path, and I would ride my bike on the trail daily. I recently moved, so I cant ride it as often as I used to, but let me tell you, I do every chance I get!

The main trail has many trail paths (off the main path) that allow you to enjoy a rugged (mountain bike experience), but it also features a great concrete (Main Trail), with some areas being crushed stone; which allow you to speed ride comfortable.

The scenery is what originally got me! Some areas are wooded, with a creek running beside you, and some areas have a lake, parks, bridges; its quite the outdoor experience.

This trail is a must ride, if you haven't already!

I love nature trails! I came across this trail by chance when I was dog-walking. It's peaceful and quiet (at least when I went). It's a more nature-y alternative to the canal walk.

Stayed at the Hilton on the south side of the trail and went north past the airport. It's a well maintained trail that follows the tiny Guadalupe river. If you can stay north of Julian St, you'll avoid sketchy-looking tent cities. I felt the run was perfectly safe and saw plenty of people throughout my run. I'd recommend it.

Scenic and long. Great trail to rack up milieage. Pavement is excellent and we'll maintained. Plenty of rest stops for the weary. Go get it.

This is not a trail, please do not get confused or you will be disappointed. This is a small pathway next to the houses’ backyard. They’re is a few trees, they have cut most of them. Horrible

Started at Prentiss on the north end about 7:30 am. Got down to downtown Hattiesburg and spent about an hour there getting something to eat an drink then headed back to Prentiss. Stopped lots of times on the trail and did an easy speed. Finished by 4:00 pm. Great rest stops with restrooms. Trail gets a bit busier the closer you get to Hattiesburg, but no issues at all. Went about 30 minutes at one point without seeing another soul!

A quiet walk along the water, we enjoyed very much. A little tricky to determine a place to park in Pittstown

Access to the southern portion through van cortlandant park goes thru an unpaved wooded area. Basically, mud, tree roots and stones--not ideal for road cycling. Once on the south county trail, things get better but not by much. For most of the trail, you will be greeted by uneven pavement, cracked asphalt and dips (smooth pot holes).

Since I left for college my home town of Burlington, Vermont has developed with thoughtful civic prosperity.

One element of this peaceful, intelligent town is vast improvement in the public interest of the spectacular waterfront along Lake Champlain ("The West Coast of New England"). World class facilities are taking shape on the edge of this iconic water that was once part of an inland sea. There is a deeply nuanced museum (ECHO) for families that interprets the wilderness that is the lake and its many tributaries. There is also a very nice skateboard park and open recreational spaces.

My dad and I chose the waterfront park as our starting point. This is a nicely paved section that rides fast and polite. Although I saw quite a few full dog waste bags along the sides of the trail I did not see any dogs in 22 miles of riding, and no waste on the trail.

Very quickly all signs of the city almost vanish and having escaped the shelter of the harbor breakwater one starts to notice the subtle sound of waves lapping against the beach to the west. April is a great time to ride this trail for the diversity of flora and fauna. The birds were spectacular.

We took a short break at North Beach and met up with my best friend of 40 years and continued our push to the North end of the causeway. He encouraged us to pause and absorb our sacred lake. When you grow up on a major body of water it dominates every fiber of your soul. The power of water cannot be underestimated. It's physical properties defy our best efforts to control it. Bowing in respect for this energy we established cadence and a pedal drive North.

The sky was cold sapphire blue. Also spectacular were the Ice formations that encased the west side of the causeway after we crossed the Winooski River on a rusty but happy Iron truss bridge.

What was spectacular in a relatively cold and slightly discouraging way was the 40mph cross wind we had to fight all the way to the winter terminus of the causeway. In summer there is a little pedestrian/bike ferry that jumps the old swing bridge gap and allows riders to access South Hero and Grand Isle.

Anyhow, we battled the wind at a 5 degree cant. All of us leaning into the wind and hoping it wouldn't throw us in the lake or on to the causeway fill off the side of the (very nice) smooth cinder trail. There is no easy emergency exit at any point on the causeway. You are almost guaranteed a trip to the hospital if you wipe out and go off the trail. Please be very careful on the Causeway, especially with children. There is a lot of opportunity for self destruction caused(wayed;-) by inattention.

The thrill is entirely worth the ride, even with unfavorable wind. Our views of the Greens and the Dacks and the birds and the islands and the the the...

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It is a wilderness experience in the city.

We eventually reached the swing bridge pier. Staring out over the north country virtually speechless for the privilege of the experience. Reconciliation of my relationship with Burlington...with my childhood.

I now know that I do not need to worry about returning to my birth home. Hiding out west for 28 years gave me perspective on what I left behind. What I see in my home state is the prospect of adventure, and I hope to get back a bit more frequently in the next 28 years. When I moved West I found sanctuary in the vast wilderness, climate diversity and sparse population centers. It was a huge change from living in the Northeast.

Now, the Northeast has changed dramatically. The population has embraced technology and the impending, changing future. Everything seems fresh with fresher on the way soon. New open space is becoming accessible every day. It is inspiring to see how the communities of New England have embraced their history, and continue to innovate without forgetting the cultures that led to the development of the region.

When I used to run this trail for cross country, skiing, and track in high school, it was unrefined. Now it is becoming a capstone of the Burlington waterfront. The surfaces are much better than they used to be. The vision is forward. North, South, East and West. There is no reason that Vermont cannot be completely connected by rail-trail and bike paths and rural roads. Forward is the direction of bicycles.

As we returned to my dads house I reflected on my 28 years absence from bicycling in Vermont. At 5 years old my dad bought me my first bike, a chopper with a banana seat. It was yellow. A few wrecks in the driveway and I was off in to traffic. I never felt so liberated, such freedom. We moved to the city because my dad didn't want to commute by car. He rode his bike or walked to work almost every day of his teaching career. I know where my half my heart came from.

BMX came in fast and I couldn't afford a new bike in that era because my family moved to Europe and that was expensive. When we returned BMX was losing popularity so I (my Dad) bought a Peugot road bike. I road that bike on what was called the "Burlington Bike Path" hundreds of miles. I road all over town on that bike for four years.

Then along came mountain bikes. By this point I was working almost full time, so I was able to save enough money to buy a Specialized Rock Hopper Comp (forest service green) 1988. I still ride it, and it is worth considerably more than the 689USD I paid for it. Best bike ever. I rode that one in Vermont, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and Idaho. Now, I think Carmen is slowly moving towards retirement. It is hard to retire a bike. That bike took me from high school to prosperity. Not the same thing as putting down a loyal pet, but that bike was my wingman in the early years of my adulthood.

So, back in Burlington...pre-ride. I have no bike. I flew out so it just made more sense to rent one one in Burlington.

I am weak, so I just wandered into my favorite outdoor store, found a very well priced (gravel grinder) crossover and bought it. The staff were almost jealous. Everyone had their eye on this bike. Now I have to justify it to my wife.

Truth be told I bought it for selfish reasons--I wanted it. Secondary is my justification, which is sincere. Health.

My dad is 75. 76 this July. He had no problem riding the 22 miles in 6 degree 40mph wind. I have two sisters that have four boys total, all between age 10 and 14. All about as tall as I am. Between my sisters and their spouses, and the nephews, there are 8 people who can ride this bike with my dad.

It is a chance to bond and breathe a bit too. This bike is bigger than any of us.

The Island Line Trail is a work in progress in the context of the greater effort to connect our continent with smooth, car free cycle zones. Imagine, if I didn't need to own a car I could easily take an extra month off each year, and travel by bike to Vermont. Each time I would buy another bike and still be money ahead to eat at many fine restaurants along the way.

My only fear is the mid west. 1000 miles of mono-culture, and it runs 1000 miles north south too. There is no escape from the swing of catharsis and boredom in these situations. Perhaps a quick stop in Colorado is required before dropping into America's skateboard ramp. If you don't use your breaks you can roll clear to the Mississippi.

Just kidding.

I hope the larger message has come across in this post. I wish for all bicycle enthusiasts to see it as a venue for maintaining quality of relationships with friends and family until health eclipses intention. Until that impasse I will try to keep all of my loved ones active.

Peace

I lived in Hammond in 2014-2016 and this was one of the nearby trails I would frequent. Very well maintained. It doesn't hit any unique spots or destinations. Just a fine trail for a road or touring bike.

The trail was fantastic! Parked at Twin Lake Road and headed toward Palatka. Some minimal debri but smooth cycling with plenty of wild life. I’m really looking forward to the trail being complete so I can cycle safely to St Augustine. April 20, 2018

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