Adventure Starts in Your Neighborhood
During the last half century or so, millions of people throughout the country have gained access to large tracts of the backcountry from their own neighborhood. Areas that were previously unable to be reached are now just outside their door.
More than 20,000 miles of trails are now open for public use in every state in the U.S. Since the decline of railroad transportation, many of the former rail beds have been converted into Rail-Trails.
Before nature was able to reclaim these abandoned corridors crisscrossing the countryside, Rail-Trail conservancy programs stepped up to keep these narrow corridors open for public use.
In most cases, these abandoned rail beds were improved with better drainage, new bridges, and a new surface of either macadam or vermiculite.
Most trails allow hikers and bicycles, however some also permit wider access for cross country skiers, motorcycles, ATV's and even snowmobiles. Please check with your local trail before using it. Misuse can cause the shutdown of the trail.Parking areas were added at strategic points with signage installed displaying important information, like distances, warnings or historical trivia about the rail line.
There historic corridors provide access to the backcountry that most people have never seen before. The Rail Trails often lead to other spur trails, providing you with access to even more remote areas to enjoy. Often the trails pass by, or provide access to remote rivers, scenic waterfalls, private sunny meadows, duck and bass ponds, mountain views, refreshing lakes and secret fishing spots.
Along the trail, you may encounter wildlife and waterfowl, providing you with the perfect opportunity to snap some spectacular photos to keep or share. If you would like to share your adventure, leave it in the comments. Meanwhile, just get out there.