Best Rail-Trails in Washington

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington rail-trails trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)


The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. It parallels I–90 from Cedar Falls, near North Bend, to Kittitas, then drops…
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North Bend, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 113 miles Best Trail in wa - Click to view allBestBirding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Snohomish County Centennial Trail


This trail comes in two parts. A paved trail leaves the city of Snohomish and travels north through farmland, wetlands, and fields; at Lake Stevens the pathway turns to rough dirt and runs through rur…
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Snohomish, WA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 15.75 miles BestHorseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Preston-Snoqualmie Trail


This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is the tick…
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Preston, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Walking - 6.2 miles
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#4. Chehalis Western Trail (Woodard Bay Trail)


This peaceful trail hides you from a commercial district near I–5, just a few miles from the state capitol in Olympia. It passes beside homes, then farms and ponds, finally reaching the Woodard Bay Co…
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Olympia, WA - Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 5.5 miles
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#5. Foothills Trail


The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, and families at play—this is the Foothills Trail. The community created t…
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Buckley, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 9 miles
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#6. Snohomish County Interurban Trail


This excursion takes you down a historic corridor in and out of view of busy I-5, whose sea of red taillights competes in autumn with the orange-gold of maple trees, a forest of deeply colored evergre…
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Everett, WA - Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 14 miles
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#7. Cedar River Trail and Lake Wilderness Trail


Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward Maple Valley and Landsburg Park. The final miles of rural, wooded pathway visi…
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Renton, WA - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 17.5 miles
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#8. Burke–Gilman Trail


Seattle’s popular Burke–Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University District, Lake Washington, and north-end neighborhoods. You’ll pass above the…
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Seattle, WA - Fishing, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 14 miles
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#9. Snoqualmie Valley Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail Extension


Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to North Bend, and finally to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. You’ll travel near th…
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Duvall, WA - Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 33 miles
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#10. Spokane River Centennial Trail


Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines on the Spokane River, rapids rush downriver, and bridges criss-cross the wat…
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Spokane, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 37 miles
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#11. King County Interurban Trail


This 15-mile trail offers a study in contrasts: from the bustling Supermall with its endless shops to small- town Algona, which looks straight out of the nineteenth century; from the imposing architec…
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Tukwila, WA - Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 15 miles
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#12. Olympic Discovery Trail: Morse Creek to Siebert Creek


Leave Route 101 to tour a pathway with wildflowers, a covered bridge, and a beautifully restored trestle. This segment of the Olympic Discovery Trail offers a combination of flat and rolling terrain w…
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Port Angeles, WA - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5 miles
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#13. Lake Sylvia State Park


Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, and any number of great trails to explore. Two of these trails—the Sy…
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Montesano, WA - Birding, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 4.8 miles
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#14. Tiger Mountain State Forest


Tiger Mountain State Forest has several trailheads and miles of trails. Three multiuse rail-trails and one hiking trail follow old railroad grades. The Preston Railroad Trail, the Northwest Timber Tra…
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Preston, WA - Birding, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 8 miles
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#15. Spruce Railroad Trail


This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate walls above and the water below. Check out a tiny “hole in the rock” tunnel and…
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Port Angeles, WA - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 4 miles
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#16. Coal Creek Park Trail


This trek along the Coal Creek Park Trail takes you through a bit of coal-mining history on your way to spectacular Cougar Mountain Park. It offers woodsy tranquility and a great work-out close to tow…
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Bellevue, WA - Hiking, Rail-Trails - 3 miles
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#17. Iron Goat Trail


This interpretive hiking trail in the Stevens Pass historic district climbs a constant 2.2 percent grade. Kiosks guide you through a trail decorated with wildflowers and forests of ferns, alders, and…
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Skykomish, WA - Rail-Trails - 6 miles
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#18. Wallace Falls Railway Trail


On this trek you’ll head uphill on a railroad grade for 2.5 miles. Then a 1.5-mile ascent continues on a narrow walking trail up steep switchbacks, through deep woods, and over wooden bridges to spect…
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Gold Bar, WA - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 5 miles
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#19. Whatcom County and Bellingham Interurban Trail


The Interurban Electric Trolley motored passengers between Mount Vernon and Bellingham Bay from 1889 to 1903. The trolley route takes you high above Chuckanut Drive and Bellingham Bay, on a path amid…
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Bellingham, WA - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails - 7 miles
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#20. Seattle Waterfront Pathway


This pathway and the connected Elliott Bay Trail provide a scenic tour of the downtown Seattle waterfront. Park the car, grab your bike, skates, or walking shoes, and head for the water. The trail r…
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Seattle, WA - Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running - 2 miles
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