50 Great Rail-Trails in 50 States

Photo essay by Laura Stark

Iowa's High Trestle Trail | Photo by David V. Johnson

Since the 1960s, Americans have created more than 2,100 rail-trails all across the country. These popular recreation and transportation routes traverse urban, suburban and rural landscapes, with many preserving historical landmarks, serving as wildlife corridors and connecting parks and other well-loved community assets.

Here are snapshots of some of our favorite rail-trail experiences from all 50 states—demonstrating the beauty, diversity and amazing geography our country is known for. For more details and interactive trail maps, visit TrailLink.com and search for the trails that get your (bike) wheels turning!

View full photo essay with captions by clicking on the first photo. Scroll through the slideshow using the right and left arrows.