If you are looking for a little excitement, check out this list of the top 10 best bike trails across America. Everyone knows that bike riding is great exercise and great for a well-toned and muscular body as well. It can get boring riding down the same old flat streets and through the same old bike trails at the park in town though. You are sure to find one of these spectacular trails close to you. If not, plan a trip and you, and your bike, can have the adventure of a lifetime.
- C&O Canal Towpath Trail: Built between 1828 and 1850, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal begins in Washington DC at the north bank of the Potomac River. The towpath is 184.5 miles long and ends in Cumberland, Maryland. Although the canal was in operation periodically until 1924, it is now dry, and because it is unpaved, you will get a workout when biking this scenic trail.
- Great Allegheny Passage Trail: This bike trail continues where the C & O Canal Towpath Trail ends in Cumberland, Maryland. Extending from Cumberland, Maryland to McKeesport, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, the 322 total mile bike trail offers varying surfaces and traffic free conditions in which to travel. Construction is slated to begin in the spring 2010 to finish the connection to the city of Pittsburgh.
- Cowboy Line Trail: Located in the Black Hills of Nebraska and meandering through a large part of the Outback of America, the Cowboy Line Trail will offer 321 miles of gorgeous views of the best in nature that America has to offer when complete. Crushed limestone and wooden bridges make this trail for biking a varied exercise indeed.
- Tammany Trace: Located near New Orleans on the Northshore, Tammany Trace is a 31 mile long multi use bike trail the weaves its way through five communities in the parish of St. Tammany. This bike trail offers a scenic view and is paved for easy riding.
- Spokane River Centennial Trail: A unique bike trail, the Spokane River Centennial Trail is center in the metropolis before branching out into east and west points that are more rural in landscape. From its beginnings at the Idaho state line, the 37 miles of this bike trail are fully paved to ensure a smooth ride while it follows the scenic Spokane River.
- Katy Trail: This 225 mile long bike trail extends across most of the state of Missouri as half of it follows the path of Lewis and Clark's expedition of the Missouri River. Riding below soaring river bluffs and majestic eagles, Missouri's Katy Trail also takes you through scenic small towns and farmland after leaving the river.
- Silver Comet Trail: The Silver Comet Trail starts thirteen miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia in Smyrna, and runs for over 61 miles before ending at the state line with Alabama. It is a paved bike trail with a two percent grade that makes it an ideal place for a workout.
- Chief Ladiga Trail: Connecting to Georgia's Silver Comet Trail at the Alabama state line, the Chief Ladiga Trail is a 31 mile long paved bike trail. Current plans call to extend the Chief Ladiga Trail an additional seven miles to make an over 100 mile long bike trail between the two states.
- Minuteman Bikeway: This Massachusetts bike trail is one of the most popular in the country. The Minuteman Bikeway is paved and extends through the historic areas of Massachusetts where the Revolutionary War began.
- Withlacoochee State Trail: The Withlacoochee State Trail is Florida's longest paved bike trail. 46 miles in length, this trail runs south from Citrus Springs to Trilby as it covers natural areas, ranches, and small towns along the way.
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