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The Best Bike Trails

Bike Trails For RVers

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Bikes are great ways to really "see" a new RV resort or town.  With more and more cities, towns and rural parks offering paved bike paths it's never been easier to explore comfortably and safely by bicycle.  So grab your bike and hit the trails. 

Easy Riding:

* The Virginia Creeper – This rails-to-trails project stretches about 35 miles from White Top Mountain on the North Carolina line to Abingdon, Va. Though popular (and fairly crowded on weekends) it’s a perfect family outing that’s also great for novices of all ages. The packed cinder path leads you through rhododendron glades and across rushing streams past gorgeous Virginia countryside. Ride the entire trail, or the half of it that’s downhill (from White Top to Damascus, Va.). Shuttle services are available, and highly recommended. For more info, go to http://www.vacreepertrail.com

* The Greenbrier Trail (Caldwell to Cass, WV) – This virtually flat rails-to-trails gravel trail follows the rushing Greenbrier River from Caldwell, WV (adjacent to White Sulphur Springs) north all the way up to Cass. It’s open year round, it passes through Watoga State Park, and there’s at least one bed and breakfast along the way. You’ll get a mostly unspoiled glimpse of the Allegheny Mountains and the green river that twists and turns between. This trail is highly recommended for families, the weekend adventurer or the serious day cyclist. http://www.roanoke.com/outdoors/biking/family/wb/4835

* Railroad Grade Road, Fleetwood to Todd, N.C. – Strictly speaking, this 10-mile stretch of pavement along the New River near Boone, N.C., is not a mountain biking trail. Instead, it’s an impossibly narrow yet dead flat road that hugs the New River for 10 miles between Fleetwood and Todd, N.C. No matter. Cyclists rave about its beauty, and fear for the day when the state widens the road, which, conventional wisdom holds, would ruin it for bicycling. Hop on your two-wheeled steed and decide for yourself. You won’t regret the ride, unless you leave your camera home. http://www.great-trails.com/todd.shtml

Jones Beach Bike Path - Seaford New York Road Bike Rides - This is the premier bike path on Long Island. It runs south from Merrick Road for 5 miles on islands and over channels of the bays that separate the barrier beach from Long Island proper, and it provides the best bicycling experience available for this kind of terrain. Best of all, it terminates at Jones Beach, which itself is an unmatched oceanfront park with golf course, ball fields, skating rink, and other activities plus numerous eateries. To best enjoy this ride, allow a full day for the complete circuit.  From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides on Long Island"

Cape Ann Cruise - Gloucester Massachusetts Road Bike Rides - This ride explores Boston's North Shore. The shorter 22-mile loop circles the rocky shores of Cape Ann, where fishermen's cottages and grand summer homes now share the ocean views. The route passes through the working waterfront of Gloucester and the harbor towns of East Gloucester, Rockport, and Annisquam, favorites of both artists and tourists. The longer loop includes more coastal towns as well as the Hammond Castle Museum, a medieval-style castle. Terrain: flat to slightly rolling coastal route. Traffic/Safety: sections of rough road, especially on the return from Rockport to Annisquam and Gloucester. Weekend summer traffic may be especially heavy. Also, use caution in the commercial district of Gloucester and at the rotary at Grant Circle at 28.6 miles.  From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"

Palisades Interstate Park and the Long Path, NJ  -  This 7- or 17-mile hiking route takes you across the George Washington Bridge, north atop the Palisades high above the Hudson River, then down to either the Englewood or the Alpine Boat Basin, south to the Edgewater Colony, and back up to the G. W. Bridge. Notes are included for cyclists, who take a different but parallel route. Thank the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs for the twin parallel paths that slice north from the George Washington Bridge into New York State. They lobbied for legislation to establish the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in 1900, thus saving a spectacular natural phenomenon from destruction through mining of the Palisades’ stone and clear-cutting of trees. The rock, known as diabase (a basaltic stone) or more commonly traprock, was a popular building material for houses and roads and as ships’ ballast. It is still mined farther up the Hudson; you might see traprock barges moving downriver during your hike. The Palisades fronting on the Hudson River stretch 40 miles from Weehawken, just north of the Lincoln Tunnel helix, well into New York State at Haverstraw. The Palisades Interstate Park itself is a 2,472-acre linear greenway, often not more than 0.25 mile wide, that runs 12 miles from Fort Lee on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge to the New York State line. Just 20 acres lie in New York State.   From the guidebook "Outdoor Escapes: New York City" Englewood , NJ - Hiking - 17 miles

American River Bike Trail Ramble - Northern California - In the midst of one of America’s major metropolitan areas lies 32 miles of parkway bike path that promises many pleasant rides to cyclists of all levels. This is the American River Bike Trail, which goes from Old Sacramento along the Sacramento River to Beal’s Point on Folsom Lake. Formally known as the Jedediah Smith Bicycle Trail, the final leg of the bike path was completed in 1985. But much earlier a similar trail ran along the river to Folsom. Built in 1896 by the Capital City Wheelmen, this path was a wildly popular cinder track in its day. Although it eventually fell into disuse, the American River Bike Trail was resurrected in 1967 as part of the American River Parkway. The bike trail is now an integral part of one of the largest metropolitan parks in America. Terrain: Flat except for the last few miles to Folsom Lake. Some bicycle traffic. Route occasionally crosses busy roadways.  From the guidebook "Road Biking Northern California"  Sacramento , CA - Road Biking - 64 miles

Berkeley and the Oakland Hills - Berkeley Northern California Road Bike Rides - The lush and heavily forested Berkeley Hills contrast sharply with the grassy oak-covered hills around Lafayette and make this set of rides one of the most interesting in the East Bay. Energetic students from U.C. Berkeley mingle with established career people on weekends to make the roads along these routes some of the most popular among avid local cyclists. Hill climbs in both directions will provide plenty of challenge for even the most aggressive riders.  From the guidebook "East Bay Bike Trails".  Berkeley , CA - Road Biking - 27 miles

Busse Woods - Arlington Heights Illinois Road Bike Rides - Busse Woods is one of eight bicycle trails in Chicago's Cook County and definitely one of the best. You'll be in and out of dark forests and open fields for most of the trail while patches of Busse Lake come and go. There are no hills-just winding pavement. It's the perfect preserve for those who want to coast along without a care in the world. With its paved paths, boating center, and series of meadows, Busse Woods Reserve is about biking, skating, running, boating, fishing, and taking advantage of open space. Also known as the Ned Brown Preserve, this 3,700-acre holding is formed around the 590-acre expanse of Busse Lake. Things to see: Busse Lake.  From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in and around Chicago".  Arlington Heights , IL - Road Biking - 9.4 miles

Trinity River Trails Ramble - Fort Worth Texas Road Bike Rides - Fort Worth was the last stop until Kansas for cattle drives heading north. As a result, a lively outpost grew up there around a military settlement established on the Trinity River. Today old stockyards built to handle this traffic are preserved as a national historic district. Fort Worth has preserved this western heritage, but has an extraordinary cultural district, home to world-class museums, a wonderful zoo, and beautiful gardens. There are lovely parks and trails and country clubs along the Trinity River, which meanders through the city. Terrain: flat, windy on less sheltered parts of the trail. Road: Trinity River Trails are narrow, dedicated bicycle paths with varying asphalt and concrete surfaces. About 4 miles, toward the cultural district, are on public roadways, generally neighborhood streets with some crossings of roads with high-speed traffic.  From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in Texas".  Fort Worth , TX - Road Biking - 28.2 miles

Bear Creek–Morrison Half-Century Cruise - Denver Colorado Road Bike Rides
This moderate half century departs from downtown Denver and reaches to the geologically spectacular foothills around Morrison and the Red Rocks amphitheater. The ride cuts through the heart of Denver without encountering motor traffic by following fully separated multiuse paths (MUPs) for most of its length. Terrain: Gently rolling and flat terrain through Denver, then some moderate climbs on and around Dakota Ridge near Morrison. Traffic and hazards: Much of this route utilizes multi-use paths that are very popular but nonetheless provide cyclists with the swiftest and safest way to connect with the outskirts near Morrison.  From the guidebook "Road Biking Colorado's Front Range"

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