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Focus Term: Trail of the Month

California’s Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
May 12, 2017
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail: 18 miles of smooth, paved trail ringside to California’s stunning Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail | Photo by Elizabeth Bean Photography
Indiana’s Nickel Plate Trail
March 14, 2017
In the spring, when the corn shoots up from the ground and the trees are full of life again, the Nickel Plate Trail really becomes a thing of beauty.
Photo by Robert Annis
Texas’ Brays Bayou Greenway Trail
February 03, 2017
The Brays Bayou Greenway Trail, which spans more than 30 miles, connecting several parks and running just a couple blocks north of NRG Stadium, where this year’s Super Bowl is taking place.
View of the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail in Hermann Park. | Courtesy Bob Bohmer Photography
Connecticut’s Hop River State Park Trail
January 19, 2017
It’s hard to pick a favorite season to experience the Hop River State Park Trail, set amidst the dense forests of Eastern Connecticut. Sections of the 20-mile rail-trail dive through steep rock cuts that seep moisture.
In Windham, the Hop River Trail meets the Air Line Trail on this bridge over the Willimantic River. | Courtesy Connecticut DOT-DEEP
Missouri’s Rock Island Trail State Park
December 05, 2016
Just in time for the holidays, a stunning new rail-trail has arrived in Missouri. Opening Dec. 10, the 47.5-mile Rock Island Trail State Park is notable for its length.
A view from the Katy Trail bridge in Windsor looking down on Rock Island Trail State Park. | Courtesy Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.
Michigan’s Saginaw County to Bay County Connector
November 11, 2016
About 35 miles north of Flint, the 7-mile Saginaw County to Bay County Connector joins the 17.5-mile Bay County Riverwalk to Saginaw County, where it will link up to the 2-mile Zilwaukee Pathway
Massive trees line the SCTBCC, providing shade in the warm months and a virtual kaleidoscope of colors during the fall. | Photo courtesy Heidi Bulger.
Washington’s Ferry County Rail Trail
October 10, 2016
Northeast Washington’s Ferry County Rail Trail winds through a forested valley carved by the pristine Kettle River, passes through an otherworldly rock tunnel and crosses a 770-foot trestle that skims over a vast lake.
The trail's rocky tunnel is located on the northern end of the route | Photo by J. Foster Fanning courtesy Ferry County Rail Trail Partners
Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Rail Trail
September 15, 2016
Northern Pennsylvania’s Pine Creek Rail Trail offers the perfect outdoor destination for autumn (or any season, really)
An equestrian trail parallels the Pine Creek Rail Trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton | Photo by Linda Stager, author of the Pine Creek Rail Trail Guidebook
Hawaii’s Ke Ala Hele Makalae
August 03, 2016
Hugging the island’s Coconut Coast, the musical sounding Ke Ala Hele Makalae provides an easy way to experience a piece of this paradise in 7.3 miles of paved pathway along the eastern shoreline.
Ke Ala Hele Makalae offers expansive views of the Kauai coast | Photo by Kevin Clark
Iowa’s High Trestle Trail
July 14, 2016
Like the entrance to an alien starship, the fantastical channel of blue lights along the signature bridge of central Iowa’s High Trestle Trail beckons curious travelers to explore.
High Trestle Trail | Photo by David V. Johnson