Hail the Rail-Trails!

November 2, 2009

Adventure Cycling member Bob Youker of Bethesda, Maryland, is a former World Bank employee and current cheerleader of all things rail-trail. He emails me on a fairly regular basis, telling me about trails he's recently ridden and urging me to promote them. I guess his efforts work, because here I go ...

Bob says it would difficult to narrow it down to a quartet of his favorites — he's ridden some 80 rail-trails — but that if pressed, these would be the four:

Le P'tit Train du Nord Linear Park, Quebec

Augusta Canal Trail, Georgia

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, Florida

Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail, Vermont

As for me, of those I've ridden my fab four would include the Great Allegheny Passage (Maryland-Pennsylvania), the Route of the Hiawatha (Montana-Idaho), the Raccoon River Valley Trail (Iowa), and the George S. Mickelson Trail (South Dakota).

What about you? Do you have a favorite rail-trail you'd like to share with me and your fellow readers?


Photo on the Great Allegheny Passage by Michael McCoy


BIKING WITHOUT BORDERS was posted by Michael McCoy, Adventure Cycling’s field editor, highlighting a little bit of this or a little bit of that — just about anything, as long as it related to traveling by bicycle. Mac also compiles the organization's twice-monthly e-newsletter Bike Bits, which goes free-of-charge to over 45,000 readers worldwide.


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