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Updated: September 22, 2013

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PRESIDENTIAL RANGE RAIL TRAIL - August 2011 - I did this trail myself. One afternoon after a morning hike I had some left over energy and felt the need to do some GeoCaching. I must say that the trail is not very good. The surface has been neglected and is very rough in places. Even washed out by heavy rains. The route is not very long, only stretching from Gorham to Randolph, NH. A mere seven miles, making my round trip around fourteen miles. The Caching is great though! I think several locals have got together and placed a cache every tenth of a mile on the trail. I hunted down five with 100% success. It was a nice diversion for a few hours, but not the type of bike trail that we would seek out.

We rate this trail...  Three out of five stars.

GREENBRIER RIVER TRAIL - September 2011 - Two day of terrific riding is the best way to describe this rail-trail! The Greenbrier is a 78 mile long multi-use trail that follows the Greenbrier River from Caldwell, WV at the south end to Cass, WV at the northern end. It is fitting that this trail ends in Cass because of the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park featuring a vintage steam engine train ride through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. The tail has an excellent hard surface, and is paved in some areas close to towns such as Marlinton (no “G”) at mile marker 56. Our two rides started at mile marker 45, Seebert. We were staying in the River Campground in Watoga State Park. The largest State Park in West Virginia! We went north on day one, passing Marlinton, to our turn around point at Thorny Creek. On our return we stopped in Marlinton for a snack and look around this old historic town. Day two took us south from the park toward Horrock and the Droop Mountain Tunnel. So we covered the trail from mile marker 30 to mile marker 61. Adding in the approach from the park we did a total of 74 miles in the two days of  riding. I think this would be a great trail to do as a four day, three night excursion. With the State Park cabins at the mid point, a group could ride end to end, and back, using B&Bs and cabins to make for a fun few days!

We rate this trail…  Five out of five stars.

DOWN EAST SUNRISE TRAIL - We had just enjoyed a week of hiking and bicycle riding in Acadia National Park. So, I guess that wonderful week has probable jaded us against other rail-to-trails locations for a while. The Down East Sunrise Trail is expansive, stretching some 85 miles end to end. However, the area we rode was boring. The trail is dead straight and not very scenic. We rode along a section that paralleled US 1 with tons of traffic making noise and little to look at other than the gravel in front of us. We actual decided to turn around after about four miles of dull.

We rate this trail... One out of five stars.

Date

Trail Name

Miles

Location

Comment

07/09

Elroy Sparta State Trail

32

Wilton, WI

Make sure to visit “Tunnel Tom” and take a light!

08/09

Military Ridge Trail

45

Blue Mount S.P., WI

Nice trail with some interesting features along the way.

08/09

Wild Goose State Trail

34

Fond du Lac, WI

Follow to the Horicon Marsh

09/09

Portage Hike and Bike Trail

13

Kent, Ohio

Great urban trail that links town from end to end.

09/09

North Coast Inland Trail

13

Oberlin,Ohio

Nice and flat, Oberlin is a cool university town.

10/09

High Bridge Rail Trail

16

Farmville, VA

Just like it’s name, the high bridge is spectacular!

05/10

John Wayne Pioneer Rail Trail

145

Lake Easton S.P., WA

From Iron Horse S.P. to the top of Snoqualmie Pass, a winner!

09/10

Trail of the Coeur d’ Alenes

72

Plummer, ID

Great ride; Best along the lake; Lunch in Harrison.

10/10

Raccoon River Valley Rail Trail

56

Guthrie Center, Iowa

Lots of corn fields, but nice anyway.

01/06

Palmetto Trail

290

Francis Marion N.F., SC

Lots of mud, more a mountain bike ride than a trail ride.

09/06

Virginia Creeper

34

Arlington, VA

Challenge yourself by riding up and down, rather than the shuttle up.

08/07

New River Trail

57

Fries, VA

Great ride along the river. Lots to see and enjoy

09/07

Marginal Way

 

Ogunquit, ME

Is a terrific ride along the coast of Maine! Enjoy!

09/07

Historic Carriage Roads

 

Acadia National Park, ME

Miles and miles of fantastic roads through the park!

09/07

Confederation Trail

 

Prince Edward Island CDN

A great way to explore PEI!

10/07

C&O Canal

 

Harpers Ferry WV

Historic canal ride is a do not miss!

01/08

Tammany Trace

 

Fontaine Blue S.P., LA

This is a suburban trail that joins the park to the local communities.

05/08

 

 

Whistler B.C. Canada

 

09/08

Yampa River Core Trail

7

Steamboat Springs, CO

A fun way to explore Steamboat Springs. Great views!

11/08

Caprock Canyons S.P. & Trail way

64

Estelline, TX

Don’t bother riding the trail; The Park is outstanding!

11/08

Lake Mineral Wells and Trail way

20

Mineral Wells, TX

Lots of  Texas scrub along the way. Kind of so-so.

05/09

North Bend Rail Trail

70

Parkersburg, WV

Lots of tunnels and a DQ at one end for a treat!

06/09

Pumpkin Vine Nature Trail

6

Goshen, IN

Nice trail that starts in down town and heads out into the country.

06/09

Lakeshore Connector Path

20

Holland, MI

Nice variety of terrain and views along water and wooded areas.

06/09

Betsie Valley Trail

22

Frankfort,MI

Great Saturday market and ride along the lake shore.

07/09

Bearskin State Park Trail

25

Minocqua, WI

There is a fee, but it is well worth it. Lakes everywhere!

07/09

Great River State Trail

24

Marshland,WI

Interesting marsh and large wildlife refuge.

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