The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a man made reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and...
Currently, over 10 miles of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail are complete. The trail runs between Lewis burg and Mifflinburg, and interpretive signs relate the region's history.
Situated near the south end of Limit borough, the half-mile long Butterfly Acres Park Trail follows a restored wetland and small stream, connecting two neighborhoods. Every year, tens of thousands of people take to the Capital Area Greenbelt looping around Harrisburg to play, exercise, and commute.
The Greenway completely encircles Pennsylvania’s capital city as it... The Chambersburg Rail Trail is a 1.2 mile paved urban trail that connects neighborhoods just a few blocks west of the community's central business district.
As its name implies, hikers on the Chicken Rock Overlook Trail will be rewarded with a beautiful vista at the end of their excursion. This trail is not officially part of the Lancaster County Park system.
The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Farms and pastures surround the Coverage Recreation Trail, but it was the discovery and mining of iron ore that led to the development of the railroad that eventually resulted in this trail.
This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Mich aux State Forest. The first section of the Elizabethtown Connector Trail officially opened in May 2015.
Although just shy of a mile this trail provides such beautiful scenery that you'll feel like you could stay... Caution: On April 12, 2018, a fire severely damaged the Martin Forge Trestle, which runs over Sequel Creek and River Road on the Nola Low Grade Trail.
The Fielding Bank Trail gives residents of Boiling Springs access to a couple nearby parks without having to travel along local roads. The trail begins at High Street the west end of town and...
The Gettysburg Inner Loop is a network of multi-use trails and signed, on-street bicycle routes, paralleled by sidewalks for foot traffic, currently being built around the perimeter of the historic, ... Not to be confused with the nearby Gettysburg Inner Loop, the roughly 3-mile Gettysburg Trail is a paved walking trail that connects the Visitor Center to important locations on the battlefield, the...
Part of the township's ongoing efforts to create a network of multi-use green ways, Mannheim Twp. 'S Heritage Trail begins at Valley Road and extends south, along the eastern boundary of Lands Woods to...
The Hollow Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway through scenic woodlands and valleys, offering a quiet oasis in the suburbs. The trail provides an important link between neighborhoods, schools...
The JFK Walking Trail is a hidden gem created to be part of the Pottsville Community flagship recreation complex. The Jonathan Senor Memorial Trail, named for a local resident who died in a bicycling accident, offers a safe paved route through Derry and nearby communities.
A part of Mannheim Township's network of multi-use green ways, the mile-long Kissed Hill Commons Trail extends across the mixed use subdivision for which it is named in the suburbs north of... The popular Lancaster Junction Trail follows the former Reading and Columbia Railroad, which transported iron ore and coal from Reading to the Chesapeake Bay via the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal...
The short, tranquil Retort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, Retort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails.... While the Lebanon Valley might be best known for its chocolate and distinctive bologna, iron ore is what put the region on the map in the 1700s.
Part of Mannheim Township's growing network of multi-use green ways, the Mannheim Township Bike way begins off Kissed Hill Road, immediately north of the intersection with Lands Valley Road. Part of Mannheim Township's growing Greenway network, the paved, multi-use trail begins at the access road to the Mannheim Township Community Park and loops around athletic fields and a playground at...
Just short of a mile in length, the Mill Creek Trail follows the south bank of the stream for which it is named in the suburbs east of Lancaster. Included in the seven-mile network of trails in Little Buffalo State Park are two small sections of rail-trail.
Part of the Gettysburg area's growing trail network, the North Gettysburg Trail begins at the north end of the borough at the northwest corner of East Broadway and Old Harrisburg Road. The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, tracing the Susquehanna River northwest from Columbia to Falmouth.
A renovated former railroad tunnel that features a separate entrance for bats is a highlight of the Penn's Creek Path. The path is a relatively flat segment of the 328-mile Mid State Trail that runs...
This is a pleasant one-mile community trail which begins right at the center of Red Lion, PA. This lovely, relatively flat dirt path runs through the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest.
Here, the south tributary of Roaring Creek cuts through the forest, pooling into three large... At one time an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River corridor now accommodates walkers, bicyclists, and...
PA71.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel Note: During hunting season, Pennsylvania Game Lands Regulations require ALL non-hunters present on game lands between November 15 and December 15 (excluding Sundays) to wear a minimum of 250 square...
The Sahara Rail-Trail uses the corridors left behind by a canal and a railroad to snake around an Appalachian mountain in eastern Pennsylvania, passing through the forests of Sahara State Park most... It allows for nearly 20 miles of flat travel, punctuated by a number of access points and an...
The Union Canal Trail runs along the Tulpehocken Creek from the city of Reading up to Blue Marsh Lake in Lee sport. A link in the region's burgeoning network of multi-use green ways, the Warwick Highlands Trail connects several subdivisions, shopping centers and a hospital on the west side of Warwick Township, just...
The pathway extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road.... The 7.1-mile Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail runs from Ephraim west to Limit in Warwick Township, following the former Reading and Columbia Railroad, which began service in 1863.
The Wyo missing Creek Trail offers a pleasant tree-lined route along its namesake waterway in West Reading. At its eastern end, you can connect to an 18-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail that...
RENT WHEELS FROM The Danville Railroad Depot Trailhead Visitor Center (601 Richmond Rd. WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Latter-day lumberjacks (and bills) can see photos and artifacts from the heyday of logging at the tiny Westwood Museum (311 Ash St.; 530/256-2233).
TRIP TIP For a less strenuous ride, take a shuttle to Westwood and head east (downhill). Or try the easy 14 miles from Danville to Devil's Corral and back; you'll still hit eight bridges and two tunnels.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact the visitors' center in Danville (see above) or the Bureau of Land Management (530/257-0456; www.ca.blm.gov/eaglelake), which is responsible for the trail. This gentle canter, 40 miles west of Fort Worth, passes horse ranches, wildflower meadows, and pastures where longhorns graze.
STAY AT The Dancing Oaks Ranch (940/374-3804; www.dancingoaksranch.com; cabin with full kitchen from $150), outside Weatherford, offers horseback-riding lessons and trail rides. Lake Mineral Wells State Park (940/328-1171; www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/lakemine; tent sites from $11, plus $3 per person 13 and older) has fishing, swimming, and cowboy-themed concerts.
TRIP TIP To use the trail you need a pass ($2 per adult), on sale at entry points. Favorite spots: the towering bluffs along the Missouri River and the V-shaped petroglyph on a cave east of Roche port.
STAY AT You can sleep in a converted boxcar at the Katy O'Neil Bed & Bike fest (101 Lewis St., Roche port; 573/698-2453; www.katyoneil.com ; doubles from $110, including bike rental; small extra charges for kids). WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Watch Madagascar hissing cockroaches race at the University of Missouri's Ends Entomology Museum (Columbia; 573/882-2410; www.museum.insecta.missouri.edu).
TRIP TIP The terrain is as flat as a pancake, so even a novice will be able to handle this trail. Take a spin under lush maple, sycamore, and walnut trees beside Ohio's Little Miami River.
Listen to the rushing water and smell the honeysuckle as you meander past farms, woodlands, and small towns. Other choices: the Little Miami Scenic Trail Resort Village B&B (Loveland; 513/683-0090; cottages $145, including bike rental) or Morgan's Riverside Campground (Morrow; 513/899-9166; sites from $16).
WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Attention, aspiring archaeologists: you can learn about Hopewell Indians at Fort Ancient (6123 State Rte. TRIP TIP For an easy ride, start at the trail's southern end, in Milford (10 miles northeast of Cincinnati), and bike downstream.
Be sure to be in Clearwater at sunset, when artists, magicians, and jugglers entertain the crowds on Pier 60. STAY AT The Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn & Suites (150 Marina Plaza, Dunedin; 800/447-4728; www.bestwestern.com ; doubles from $79, plus $10 per child 13 and older) is three blocks from the trail.
Don't worry if you can't make it back to your starting point; all buses in Pinellas County are equipped with bike racks. It's a glorious stretch from Abingdon, where a retired steam engine marks the trailhead, to White top Mountain, the state's second-highest peak.
STAY AT The Martha Washington Inn (150 W. Main St., Abingdon; 276/628-3161; www.marthawashingtoninn.com ; doubles $325 for two nights, including breakfast), an 1832 estate, welcomes kids. WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Catch a kids' show at Abingdon's Barter Theater (276/628-3991; www.bartertheatre.com), or take a hike to see the wild ponies at Massive Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park (Rte.
TRIP TIP If you have a shuttle drop you at the high point of the trail in White top, the 15 miles to Damascus sail by. Call the Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/435-3440) for the Guide to the Virginia Creeper Trail.
Adam's Inn (1744 Lanier Place NW; 800/578-6807; www.adamsinn.com ; doubles from $115, including breakfast; additional guests $10 each) is five blocks from the Rock Creek rail trail, in northern D.C. WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Let the kids climb all over The Awakening, sculptures depicting an enormous man rising out of the earth, at Potomac Park (Chains Point; 202/485-9880).
TRIP TIP To avoid parking nightmares, bike to the trail from your hotel. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (www.cctrail.org) or the Washington Area Bicycling Association (www.waba.org).
At its northern end, this bracing trail extends three miles into Lake Champlain on a narrow causeway. Pitch your tent or park your RV at North Beach Campground (60 Institute Rd., Burlington; 802/862-0942; sites from $21) for direct access to the trail.
For boneheads, the Ben & Jerry's factory (866/258-6877; www.benjerry.com), 26 miles from Burlington, offers tours and tastings. TRIP TIP There are no services along the three-mile causeway, so bring snacks and make a pit stop before hitting that section.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Local Motion, a nonprofit cycling organization, operates the Trailside Center (1 Steele St.; 802/ 652-2453; www.localmotionvt.org/center) on the Burlington waterfront. Head for the former mining town of Jim Thorpe, in the western Poconos, and pedal the route once used to carry coal down to barges on the Leigh Canal.
WHEN YOU CAN'T BIKE ANOTHER MILE Switch saddles and go horseback riding at the Circle S stable (on the trail between Wilton and Kendall; 608/435-6975; $12 an hour). Or explore the Amish community in Cash ton, 10 miles south of Sparta, on your own or with a guide from Down a Country Road (608/654-5318; www.downacountryroadamish.com ; $40 for 1 1/2 hours, in your car).