In the Trails.com Rail-Trails section you will find former railway lines that have been converted to multi-use trails for public access and enjoyment. The nationwide rails-to-trails effort has yielded great trails and paths around the country for walking and running, road and mountain biking, in-line skating, and horseback riding for equestrians. These rail-trails often follow rivers or valleys and offer easy traveling, thanks to the gentle surface grades required for the railroads that once ran on the same routes. Many famous rail-trails are located near major urban centers, making them an ideal quick getaway, like the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, the Farmington Canal Linear State Park Trail, or the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Each rail-trail trip is a complete chapter from a rails-to-trails guidebook and includes a detailed trail map, driving directions to the parking areas, and a clear description of the route, all produced by well-known outdoor guidebook publishers. Every rail-trail is linked to USGS topographic maps from the trail overview page, and many also offer a host of additional features like photos, regional locator maps, and interesting natural, geographical, and historical information on the former railroad and the local region. To find the perfect rail-trail for you, just click below on any state rail-trail section. Then browse by selecting a specific region or “Top Trail” from the list, or by simply clicking on the interactive state map.
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