Trail News on the Web
In July, we asked you to tell us where else you get your trail information online. We heard from readers all over the country—some who keep their own personal blogs of outdoor activity and trails, and others who shared their favorite links to useful sites. Enjoy some of the great information available below.
Also, if you haven't checked it out lately, now's a great time to visit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's TrailLink.com, the most robust source of free trail information and maps on the Web. It's our easy-to-use trail finder that provides maps, detailed descriptions, photos, user reviews and directions for more than 15,000 miles of rail-trail around the country. Take a look, and find a trail near you!
Sue Freeman — Englewood, Fla.
I write a daily blog called New York Outdoors, where I cover anything related to having fun outdoors in New York State, including highlighting rail-trails. Check it out, and click on the rail-trails category.
Ian Edlind — Washington, D.C.
In response to July's eNews, I would like to share with you my Web site, Trail Voice. It's a fairly new project with a mission to connect D.C.-area outdoor recreation opportunities with the causes and organizations that support those pursuits. Currently, Trail Voice delivers a free weekly e-mail story (and Web site update) featuring a park or trail, a cause and an event or business.
Thomas J. Recktenwalt — Dayton, Ohio
I get my information about the local trails from my own Web site, Miami Valley Trails.
For the past 12 years, I have operated this site. It provides information on all of the trails in southwest Ohio (14 counties) to trail users. I am tracking 323 miles of trails in what we call the "Miami Valley" (the watershed of the Great Miami River). The Web site includes complete trail reviews of more than 20 named trails, with more than 5,000 pictures, interactive maps and the location of every restroom, water stop and ice cream store in the area. For our out-of-town guests, I have the location of every hotel, motel, bed-and-breakfast and campground within five miles of any of the trails.
I act as the official publicist for the Miami and Clark county trail developments, and I work closely with Montgomery, Greene and the other county parks departments in the area. I am on the bicycle committee of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC), the local Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Bob Prehn — Thornton, Colo.
I use information available through my Web site, http://geobiking.org, as my primary resource. Currently, I have more than 1,500 miles of downloadable trails from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs. For mountain bike trails, I sometimes use and have supplied trail info to http://trailcentral.com.
Other recommended regional sites:
San Francisco, Calif.: Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Bicycle Trails Council of the Easy Bay
Nebraska: Nebraska Outdoor Addict
Kansas: Kansas Cyclist (Kansas Cycling News)
*Rails-to-Trails Conservancy does not necessarily endorse, and is not affiliated, with the material, images or opinions presented on these sites.