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Old 06-09-10, 08:08 AM
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Rail-To-Trails Hall of Fame

It's great to see one of our local trails (Little Miami Scenic Trail) get this recognition. I've had the pleasure of riding four of the trails and will be adding another in September when we head out for the Great Allegheny Passage.

It would be nice to plan future vacations to include one of these trails.

https://www.railstotrails.org/news/re...nth/index.html
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What! no Virginia Creeper Trail on that list!

Yeah, I'll be on part of the Little Miami Trail this weekend. It's great.
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What? No Wabash Trace on that list? With its famous Taco Ride?

I have heard great things about the Little Miami though!
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The Little Miami is really nice. Rode it and related trails four days last fall with my two brothers and son.

I've also ridden the KATY, another award winner, and enjoyed those four days as well.

My favorite trail is the Tunnel Hill trail in Southern Illinois, through the Shawnee National Forest. Great views and well maintained. Sadly, it's only about 45 miles long. (Anytime you can ride through those hills, with only about a 2% incline, it's a good ride!)
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Originally Posted by Cychologist
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My favorite trail is the Tunnel Hill trail in Southern Illinois, through the Shawnee National Forest. Great views and well maintained. Sadly, it's only about 45 miles long. (Anytime you can ride through those hills, with only about a 2% incline, it's a good ride!)
Many, many moons ago I went to school down there (at SIUC) and that trail is definitely on my list. Lovely area.... and good to hear that it is well maintained.
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One of my daughters might move to Milford, which would be a great excuse to ride from there to Dayton, where I also have family. 70 miles of saweet rails to trails.
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It's great that one of our local trails in Indiana made the list as well... The Monon Trail. But, personally I like the Cardinal Greenway better myself. Maybe I'm just bias because the Cardinal GW goes through my hometown about a mile from my house.
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I've biked on 7
only 5 left
IMHO 2 should be in idaho : Trail of the Cor d'alenes and hiawatha
and Colorado's glenwood canyon
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The trail from Wanship, Utah to Echo, Utah, really should be recognized for having more goathead puncture burrs per mile than any trail in the nation.
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Thanks for the website. I live within a 100 miles of the Katy (https://www.bikekatytrail.com/) and plan on riding a bit of it on Friday. It will be nice to plan on riding on the others as well.
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Originally Posted by Bionicycle
It's great that one of our local trails in Indiana made the list as well... The Monon Trail. But, personally I like the Cardinal Greenway better myself. Maybe I'm just bias because the Cardinal GW goes through my hometown about a mile from my house.
I've been on the trails around Indy. I come over for the Indy Night Ride and do the dinner ride through Broad Ripple (?)....think that's the name of the area. I don't know the name of the trails we ride that night but I enjoy them. I would like to get back and ride a few more of the trails in the area.
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Here is my nomination: https://friendsofcdatrails.org/CdA_Trail/index.html
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I have cycled about 50 rail trails in the US and Canada but only two on that list, the Little Miami and Great Allegheny Passage. I have some work ahead of me.
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Originally Posted by colorado dale
IMHO 2 should be in idaho : Trail of the Cor d'alenes and Hiawatha
I'm not really a Rails-To-Trails kind of guy (too flat for me), but I have ridden the KATY (I'm from Missouri originally) and the Hiawatha in WA and ID and I can recommend both of these (unless you really like to climb).

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Plenty of railway lines were closed by Beeching (The transport Minister at the time) in the 60's. For years they remained disused and the only development was housing where stations and siding were.

I have lived here for 25 years and locally we have the "Cuckoo Trail" 20 years ago and we used it for starting out on rides and it connected Heathfield to Polegate. Heathfield is a town about 20 miles from the Coastal town of Eastbourne and Polgate was about 3 miles inland. Hailsham- where I live- is about centre of the trail. 20 years ago it was a muddy footpath. Ideal Offroading with the amount of Mud but it was a bit flat.

Then Sustrans got an interested in it and it became one of the first trails linking Heathfield and the coast with a hard surface trail. Most of it was already a Bridleway but a few spots had a diversion to go round Housing estates or the trail went through the Estate. That hard surface has now been asphalted all the way so it is ideal for family walks- taking the dog out for exercise or cycling. It has been a boon for people wanting exercise with out the worry of traffic but it has also given a place for the vandals of this world to ply their trade without being seen or caught.

Quite a scenic route and one of the things is that there are Scuptures along the route. Mainly made out of natural products and they probably cost a fortune to buy in- but they do add to the visual impact of the trail. And Hellingly station still exists as a private house. It is in the middle of nowhere and was the supply station for a large mental hospital in the village. It used to have its own rail link for visitors- patients and supplies going to the hospital.

And the Name???? The one bird that you can hear all along the route is the Cuckoo.
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