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Built on former railroads, a unique characteristic of rail-trails is their tangible connection to the past. Many feature restored 19th-century depots from the rail corridors they now inhabit, refurbished cabooses, train whistle posts, graceful trestles, and, perhaps most dramatic, railroad tunnels blasted—or sometimes even hand-carved—out of the rock. Here’s a list our favorite rail-trails for exploring these magnificent tunnels.
Rail-trails, many of them traversing the darkest portions of our country, make ideal places to see the stars as you pedal your way through changing landscapes.
Ready for adventure? Here you’ll find some of the longest rail-trails in the country that will make for an epic bike ride of 100 miles or more...