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I love the Arkansas rivertrail system. It has many options for all riding skills and distances from flat to hills short loops to 50 milers. Running along the Arkansas river it is also very scenic. It travels between 2 state and 2 city parks and supplements many city bike routes also. Never the same ride twice unless you want it to be.
I live near the Black Hills of South Dakota where the Mickelson Trail goes from Deadwood to Edgemont. Total of 114 miles with three tunnels, a short leg to Lead and one to Custer State Park.
The only place I use my mtn bikes, have ridden total length twice. Scenery is great, inclines are long, up to seven miles. That means declines are also long.
I have met many tourists that came just to ride this trail. Met a couple guys last year from Trek.
There are a couple organized rides every year, if you are near check it out.
Great ride with the grandsons!
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It's about 30 miles long from the Covington trailhead to Slidell, and there are only a few road crossings. Very scenic and relaxed -- because you're not constantly dodging cars. And there are almost never any horses, although technically they're allowed on some portions.
There's no other dedicated bike path like it in the state.
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Originally Posted by JimF22003
It's hard to be objective. There are some great trails here in DC and Northern VA, but I hate them. They're my main options during the week before, after, and going to work, so I just want to get OFF them when I get a chance.
^ this. I agree with Jim. There is a network of excellent trails around DC and northern VA, but they're uninspiring for the most part. The better riding is on the roads.
Up around Thurmont, MD and Camp David. Out in Middleburg, VA. Along the Shenandoah, up in Harper's Ferry. Looping around Purcelville, Waterford, Hamilton and Lincoln. These are all quite a bit nicer than any of the trails.
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...around here, on the lower end of Vancouver Island, we have been blessed by the disappearance of two railroads and these have both been turned into rail trails, we also have old interurban lines that were long ago made into a combination of rural roads or trails. The combination is called the Galloping Goose regional trail and the Lochside Regional Trail, we also have the current railroad line that is seldom used and has a bike path built along side it, this is called the E&N Rail Trail. Put together they provide over 90 miles of amazing bike trails that are utilized by many commuters and fitness riders as well as families just out for the fun of it...
We are blessed with a plethora of urban/suburban/country trail around here, mostly paved, the rest aglime which packs like concrete. Of all of them, I like the Fox River trail system the best. Basically runs from Crystal Lake to Oswego, about 50 miles. Many places, different trails on different sides of the river. You can link to almost the entire Kane County trail system from this one trail, which links and covers the entire Chicago area. Hundreds and hundreds of miles......................
The Kane County Trail System, and some neighboring trail systems are available on line thru an easy to download road map of Kane County, Illinois.
The best part of all this, is the River Trail is less than 1 mile from my house, thru residential neighborhoods.