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Many rail-trails that wind through rural parts of the country can be explored on horseback. Here are some of our favorite equestrian trails for enjoying America’s scenic landscapes.
This 18-mile rail-trail runs through the rural counties of Johnson and Magoffin in eastern Kentucky. The crushed-stone pathway passes historical coal structures, traverses scenic trestles and heads through the Gun Creek Tunnel, which spans nearly 700 feet.
Stretching 62 miles through a pristine valley dubbed the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, the variety of trees
The Great Shasta Rail Trail meanders through Northern Californias small towns and the natural beauty of the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity National Forests in the shadow of Mount Shasta, which rises more than 14,000 feet. The red cinder pathway is open for equestrian use and features the Stand by Me bridge made famous in the 1986 coming-of-age movie.
The Katy Trail passes through some of Missouri's most scenic areas, especially the bluffs along the Missouri River. The trail includes other landscapes as well, such as forests, wetlands, remnant prairies and rolling farm fields. Equestrians are allowed to use a section in the middle of the trail between Portland and Tebbetts, as well as the western section
Nestled in Virginias Blue Ridge Highlands, the New River Trail State Park offers 57 miles of green. With most of the trail running under a lush canopy of
Most of the 22-mile paved pathway is enveloped by tall trees as the rail-trail weaves its way between two peaceful towns in the foothills of Northwest
Spanning 42 miles between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, the Rio Grande Trail is the longest rail-trail in Colorado. Following the course of the Roaring Fork River, the paved pathway offers views of
The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-do pure Florida experience for any trail enthusiast. Situated between Orlando and Tampa, it hosts a steady stream of visitors and locals on its paved path and adjacent equestrian trail. For much of its length, the trail parallels the Withlacoochee River, a state-designated paddling trail.
This 35-mile rail-trail connects four counties northeast of Dallas. It begins in Farmersville, where its first 2.5 miles are paved. The trailhead
The Iron Ore Heritage Trail traverses the Marquette Iron Range in Michigans beautiful Upper Peninsula. The trail shares and celebrates the areas rich mining history with interpretive signage, artwork
You'll have a variety of trail experiences to choose from in Washington, from rustic backcountry adventures to well-groomed paved routes through city centers.
Iowa has a rich railroad history, which is remembered and celebrated with more than 800 miles of rail-trail throughout the state.
Colorado: There are few states as well associated with outdoor recreation as this one—and for good reason.