I don’t know about you, but there’s not much I like better than heading out for a sunny day or two with my bicycle. Now that summer is here, why not head out to one of these landmark bike trails?
Cardinal Greenways – Indiana
While most bike trails require you to bring your own, there is a free loaner bike program available on this path. All they require from you is a current photo ID (such as a drivers license or military) and they hold onto it till you return the bike. Once you’ve got your bike, enjoy the 62 miles of trees, scenic fields and friendly towns that dot the trail.
North Central State Recreation Trail – Michigan
Rail trails are great, and North Central Trail is no exception. Along with all the great restaurants to stop at, the forests of Northern Michigan are exceptionally beautiful in the summertime.
Great Allegheny Passage – Maryland & Pennsylvania
Crossing paths with another great trail – the C&O – this is one of the longest bike trails in the States at 141 miles long. Stop at the biking tourist town of Ohiopyle, which garners close to 1.5 million visitors a year at mile marker 72. While there be sure to check out some of the work of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Mesabi Trail – Minnesota
132 miles of asphalt and trail connect 25 communities and has earned itself the name as one of the longest paved trails in all of America. This trail is camping friendly with lots of parks dotting the trail. If you’re wanting to do some looking around there are plenty of dining opportunities, antiquing, and swimming to be had.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail – DC & Maryland
This lengthy 184 mile trail is built over an old canal which means, while not the most challenging of rides, is still quite beautiful. There are many parks, tunnels and stunning historical towns to visit on your ride. Take a good portion of a day to visit Harpers Ferry. The Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet along side this old West Virginian town which make for great rafting and swimming (as long as the current isn’t too strong). An array of outfitters and ice cream parlors as well as the headquarters for the Appalachian Trail make this a stop you don’t want you and your biking buddies to miss.