Explore the best rail-trails--3 states, 53 trails, and nearly 300 miles--with the official guide
Looking for a level trail where you can enjoy a brisk fitness walk, bike ride, or stroll with the family? All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted to public multiuse trails. Here, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails in the West
Many rail-trails are paved and run through the most popular parts of town. Some offer an escape from city life, like the Mount Lowe Railway Trail, high above the buzzing Los Angeles basin. Others offer the pure sensory thrill of sweeping terrain, like Arizona's 7-mile Prescott Peavine Trail or Nevada's Historic Railroad Hiking Trail, which passes through five massive tunnels to reach the Hoover Dam. See majestic redwood groves, soak in Pacific Ocean vistas, and visit quintessential Western towns along these many rail-trails.
In this book, you'll find:
- Detailed maps for every rail-trail, plus driving directions to trailheads
- Icons indicating the activities each trail can accommodate
- Succinct descriptions written by rail-trail experts
-- Keith Laughlin, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
About the Author
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multiuse recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skaters, wheelchair users, and equestrians. It serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, more than 23,000 miles of open rail-trails across the country, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built--with a goal of ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire. To find out more about Rail-Trails, check out the Conservancy's official website at railstotrails.org.