Interstate or Overseas - Distance No Object for Rail-Trail Fans Eager to Ride

Posted 09/13/13 by Jake Lynch in Trail Use

In our August eNews, we asked you whether you ever found yourself traveling long distances to visit a rail-trail.

Always keen to demonstrate the pulling power of trails as tourism attractions, we were pleased to hear that if they build it, you guys will come!

Here's just a few of the responses we received.


"Living in the UK means that cycling is somewhat restricted because of the weather here. So my wife and I decided on a getaway home in Florida. We had certain criteria - the home needed to be in an established town, and have easy access to Orlando International Airport. But number one was it had to be close enough to a mid-length trail so that we didn't have to haul our bikes by car.

We chose Winter Garden on the West Orange Trail. Many friends and family visit and they all want to ride the trail, so I have 14 bikes, all sizes, in the garage ready for use. Winter Garden is also a great location for getting to the James A. Van Fleet Trail and the Withlacoochee Trail. Winter Garden has all the essentials for riding the trail: a coffee shop, cake shop, ice cream parlors and a couple of bike shops, too.

I was very disappointed that the funding wasn't approved by Governor Rick Scott for a cross-Florida trail.  I know many European riders who would have come over especially to do that, and can see the local businesses it would help."

Tony Thompson


centennial-trail-washington.png"My wife and I, newly into our 80s, love to load up our bikes here in Vancouver, B.C. and drive the 100 miles to either Arlington or Snohomish in Washington to ride the Centennial Trail (right). We do that about twice a month, April through October.

It's a beautiful trail with lakes, picnic benches, old stations and two great little towns to enjoy coffee or tea and some great sandwiches. We sometimes make a weekend of it by staying in the B&Bs and using some of the trails in the Seattle area before coming home to Vancouver."

Charles and Lynn Dick


"I live most of the year about seven miles from the Connecticut/Massachusetts border, and frequently make trips to ride new or different rail-trails.

To the west is beautiful New York, where I have picked up the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and others in the area. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is one of the most enjoyable I've ridden. And the villages and communities along the way always provide enjoyable and varied opportunities to rest and enjoy art, food, and about anything else you'd like."

Matthew Fenichel


 "My wife and I discovered the 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail (left) in South Dakota several years ago while visiting Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. This area is several hundred miles north of our home in Loveland Colo.

We did some research online and discovered bike shops and taxi firms that could shuttle us to the trail in several spots from Hill City and Deadwood. Our first trip we biked the segments going north and south from Hill City, using Rabbit Bicycles of Hill City for shuttles. 

The next trip we drove to two trailheads and biked out and back. Then, in June, we had a taxi from Deadwood take us 16 miles south to a trailhead, and biked back to Deadwood, completing the northern segment of the trail.

We now have the 32 southern-most miles to complete. Once completed, we will receive stickers certifying we've completed all 109 miles! It's an incredibly beautiful trail, and we heartily recommend it to all."

Douglas Moore


"We live in Florida and always pick our destinations in states that have great bike trails. We love to travel and are avid bike riders.

We have traveled to Georgia for the Silver Comet Trail and the Chief Ladiga Trail it connects with in Alabama. We have also been to Tennessee to ride the Chattanooga Riverwalk along the Tennessee River, and last year we rode the Swamp Rabbit Trail that goes into Greenville, S.C."

Doreen McLeod

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