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.

  • #1 John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    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 ...
    •  113 miles
    •  Guide

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. ...

  • #2 Snohomish County Centennial Trail

    5 Reviews

    Snohomish, WA

    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 ...
    •  15.75 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail comes in two parts. A paved trail leaves the city of Snohomish and travels north through farmland, wetlands, and ...

  • #3 Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

    5 Reviews

    Preston, WA

    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 ...
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, ...

  • #4 Chehalis Western Trail (Woodard Bay Trail)

    2 Reviews

    Olympia, WA

    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 ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful trail hides you from a commercial district near I–5, just a few miles from the state capitol in Olympia. It ...

  • #5 Foothills Trail

    4 Reviews

    Buckley, WA

    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 ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, ...

  • #6 Snohomish County Interurban Trail

    3 Reviews

    Everett, WA

    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 ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    This excursion takes you down a historic corridor in and out of view of busy I-5, whose sea of red taillights competes in ...

  • #7 Cedar River Trail and Lake Wilderness Trail

    2 Reviews

    Renton, WA

    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 ...
    •  17.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward ...

  • #8 Burke–Gilman Trail

    3 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    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 ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Seattle’s popular Burke–Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University ...

  • #9 Snoqualmie Valley Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail Extension

    2 Reviews

    Duvall, WA

    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 ...
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to ...

  • #10 Spokane River Centennial Trail

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    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 ...
    •  37 miles
    •  Guide

    Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines ...

  • #11 King County Interurban Trail

    0 Reviews

    Tukwila, WA

    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 ...
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    This 15-mile trail offers a study in contrasts: from the bustling Supermall with its endless shops to small- town Algona, ...

  • #12 Olympic Discovery Trail: Morse Creek to Siebert Creek

    3 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Leave Route 101 to tour a pathway with wildflowers, a covered bridge, and a beautifully restored trestle. This segment of ...

  • #13 Lake Sylvia State Park

    1 Reviews

    Montesano, WA

    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 ...
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, ...

  • #14 Tiger Mountain State Forest

    0 Reviews

    Preston, WA

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Tiger Mountain State Forest has several trailheads and miles of trails. Three multiuse rail-trails and one hiking trail follow ...

  • #15 Spruce Railroad Trail

    2 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    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 ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate ...

  • #16 Coal Creek Park Trail

    1 Reviews

    Bellevue, WA

    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 ...
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    This trek along the Coal Creek Park Trail takes you through a bit of coal-mining history on your way to spectacular Cougar ...

  • #17 Wallace Falls Railway Trail

    2 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #18 Iron Goat Trail

    2 Reviews

    Skykomish, WA

    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, ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    This interpretive hiking trail in the Stevens Pass historic district climbs a constant 2.2 percent grade. Kiosks guide you ...

  • #19 Whatcom County and Bellingham Interurban Trail

    1 Reviews

    Bellingham, WA

    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 ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Interurban Electric Trolley motored passengers between Mount Vernon and Bellingham Bay from 1889 to 1903. The trolley ...

  • #20 Seattle Waterfront Pathway

    1 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    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 ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    This pathway and the connected Elliott Bay Trail provide a scenic tour of the downtown Seattle waterfront. Park the car, ...