The best biking trail in every state

Tom Shockey/FlickrThe autumn is a great time to try a new bike path.

If a two-wheeled jaunt through scenic landscapes is your idea of a great time, you probably can’t get enough of a good bike trail. They can be a great way to see the sights and get a good workout in.

If you’re looking for a new trail to explore, we’ve got you covered with the best bike trail in each of the 50 states, based on length of the trails, options for beginners and experts, and acclaim from bikers.


Catch a glimpse of history at Alabama’s Tannehill Historic Ironworks State Park.

I, Dystopos/Wikimedia CommonsTannehill Historic Ironworks State Park

Located in the Birmingham area, Tannehill Historic Ironworks State Park features 12 miles of mountain bike trails, coursing past a two-story 19th century furnace and a village of cabins dating back to the 1800s.


Feel the burn of Alaska’s Kincaid Park Mountain Trail’s hilly terrain.

U.S. Air Force photos/Airman Christopher MoralesThis path outside of Anchorage is over 45 miles.

At Kincaid Park on the western side of Anchorage, cyclists can explore over 45 miles of bike trails, all of which fall within a naturally-hilly terrain set in a wildly-beautiful forested landscape.


The colourful stones and sweeping desert views of Sedona are all part-and-parcel of a ride through Arizona’s Highline Trail.

Wikimedia Commson/davidpinterThis is a ride for experienced cyclists.

The Highline Trail isn’t a ride for beginners, but if you have some mountain-biking experience, you can enjoy stunning vistas as you make your way down this 8.4-mile trail, which includes an optional stop at the majestic Cathedral Rock.


A major destination for bike enthusiasts, Slaughter Pen Trail in Arkansas includes a mountain bike park with exciting features.

Flickr/robert thigpenSlaughter Pen Trail has a mountain bike park.

A network of smaller trails sweeping around Bentonville, Arkansas, the Slaughter Pen Trail is most famous for its mountain bike park, which offers specially-designed hills, chutes, and obstacle courses for the adventurous cyclist.


Enjoy those gorgeous “Big Little Lies”-esque sights on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail in California.

Wikimedia Commons/DiliffThis 18-mile ride will also allow you to breathe in the sea air.

An path leading down the former Southern Pacific Railroad route, the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail makes for an awe-inspiring coastal ride, with the benefit of refreshing sea air to keep you energised during the 18-mile ride.


Test your own cycling stamina on the Colorado Trail.

Flickr/TRAILSOURCE.COMThis bike trail goes through the entire state.

Mountain bikers who aren’t afraid of long-distance excursions will appreciate the Colorado Trail network, a route starting near Denver and winding its way through the state, covering a total of 535 miles (including detours).


Rockland Preserve in Connecticut features paths for sightseers and thrill-seekers alike.

Flickr/Doug McGradyThere are lots of options on the bike path.

In the quaint waterfront town of Madison, Connecticut, you’ll find Rockland Preserve, a natural park with an intricate array of bike paths which include steep climbs, jump ranges, and varied terrain to keep adrenaline fiends entertained.


Directly straddling the Mason-Dixon line, White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware boasts 37 miles of biking and hiking trails.

Wikimedia/Ken CoxThis has flat stretches and tricky hills.

A mountain bike course through wooded terrain, the White Clay Creek State Park Bike Trail includes both flat stretches for beginners and tricky hills and curves for more advanced cyclists looking for a challenge.


The St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail in Florida runs from the capital city of Tallahassee to the coastal community of St. Marks.

Wikimedia/EbyabeIt’s more than 20 miles long.

Like several other paths on this list, the St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail uses old train tracks as route markers, guiding cyclists on a 20.5-mile journey from Tallahassee to the town of St. Marks on the Apalachee Bay.


A seven-trail system with options for every skill level, Blankets Creek in Georgia is perfect for beginners and experts alike.

The most popular bike trail system in the state, Blankets Creek in Georgia features a network of seven bike trails, from the 1-mile-long Mosquito Flats beginner path to The Holler, a challenging .25-mile slope with a roadway made of red Georgia clay.


The Pupukea Trail in Hawaii is a gorgeous island ride with plenty of uphill pushes.

Wikimedia/ Cristo VlahosThis trail is right on the ocean.

For mountain biking along the beach with lots of twists and turns to keep things interesting, head to the Pupukea Trail in Oahu, a 10-mile path with direct oceanfront views and a blend of terrains, from dirt to stone to pavement.


See super-Instagrammable waterfall views on the Snake River Canyon Rim Trails in Idaho.

Wikimedia/ chadhThis has natural beauty and a waterfall.

The Snake River Canyon Rim trail system comprises 10 miles of bike paths with exceptional instances of natural beauty from both the river and Twin Falls, the park’s destination-worthy waterfall.


Another railroad-inspired biking trail, Tunnel Hill State Trail in Illinois runs through forests, small country towns, and along riverbanks.

Wikimedia/ Daniel SchwenThere’s also lots of wildlife.

A 55-mile stretch tracing a former railroad route through the state of Illinois,Tunnel Hill State Trail spans a diverse range of terrains and grants travellers plenty of opportunities to encounter local wildlife.


As the name suggests, Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in northern Indiana provides beautiful images of Midwestern flora and fauna.

WikimediaThis is actually three connecting trails.

Mountain bikers who hit the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in Indiana are in for a treat, thanks to the route’s 25-mile network of three connecting trails, all replete with trees, perennials, smooth asphalt and limestone roadways, and antique wooden bridges.


For a perfect blend of recreational fun and artistic merit, check out the High Trestle Trail in Iowa.

Wikimedia/ Phil RoederThis is a repurposed railroad route.

Due to a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and design input from native Iowan artists, the High Trestle Trail repurposes an old railroad route coursing through five towns and turns it into an aesthetically-pleasing 25-mile tour, including a trip across one of the largest trail bridges in the world, located in the Des Moines Valley.


The Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail in Kansas offers a smooth singletrack ride for intermediate cyclists.

Facebook/ Switchgrass Mountain Bike TrailThis trail has something for everyone.

Flanked by red sandstone rock formations and leading riders past Kansas’ beautiful Wilson Lake, the Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail is challenging to keep experienced cyclists busy while also offering a 5-mile novice loop for beginners.


Explore the “Land Between the Lakes” on the Canal Loop Trail in Kentucky.

Flickr/ Ben AbleThere is an 11-mile ride.

An inland peninsula wedged between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, the Land Between The Lakes is one of Kentucky’s most popular recreational destinations for hiking, fishing, camping, and, of course, cycling. Bikers can take the Canal Loop Trail for an 11-mile ride, and if they want a longer adventure, the trail loops branch out for an additional 3 miles.


Considered one of the 25 best bike trails in the country, Louisiana’s Lincoln Parish Park Trail has available routes for all levels of technical skill.

facebook.com/lincolnparishparkThere are lots of places for rest stops.

A 10-mile trail near Ruston, Louisiana, the mountain bike course in Lincoln Parish Park features paved roads, dirt paths, and lakefront routes, punctuated with picnic grounds and lawn areas ideal for rest stops.


For a quintessentially New England outdoor experience, take a ride on southern Maine’s Eastern Trail.

Facebook/ The Eastern TrailThis 22-mile route goes through Maine.

A 22-mile route spanning Portland to Kennebunk, Maine’s Eastern Trail follows both paved roadways (ideal for newbies) and off-road paths to satisfy experienced cyclists’ thirst for a challenge, providing lovely views of parks, rivers, and bays in the process.


Hikers and bikers in the Baltimore area can explore the city on the Gwynns Falls Trail.

Wikimedia/ Onore Baka SamaIt goes through the city and the woods.

A 15-mile trail starting in Baltimore and featuring nine accessible trailheads, the Gwynns Falls Trail in Maryland offers a uniquely-urban road biking experience.


For a serene ride complete with ocean breezes, don’t miss the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Massachusetts.

Wikimedia/ Mr SenselessThis passes through scenic spots.

A train-track path located in the East Coast vacation capital of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Rail Trail traces 22 miles of terrain, passing through scenic spots like Nickerson State Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore.


A dedicated paved bike path stretching 23 miles, the Little Traverse Wheelway is an excellent weekend outing for outdoorsy Michiganders.

Wikimedia/ BkonradThis is one of the most scenic routes in the state.

The Little Traverse Wheelway, a paved biking and jogging path tracing the shores of Little Traverse Bay, prides itself in its reputation as one of the most scenic routes in the state, and its asphalt roadway allows cyclists of all stripes to get in on the fun.


The Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail is a Minnesota route combining strenuous mountain biking with relaxing lakefront views.

WikimediaThere are 30 specifically designed routes.

The Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trail system in Minnesota includes 30 specially-designed paths and routes, with choices available for beginners, intermediate riders, and experts.


A quirky system of bike routes with plenty of “Easter eggs” along the way, the Mount Zion Bike Trails are a Mississippi must-do for cycling enthusiasts.

ShutterstockThis nine-mile route passes through lots of sights to see.

A 9-mile route passing through Brookhaven, Mississippi, the Mount Zion Bike Trails feature paved and dirt paths, wooden bridges, and unusual sights like a “bone graveyard” of mounted animal skulls.


For a bike excursion spanning the entire state of Missouri, consider the Katy Trail.

Wikimedia/ gvolkThis was part of Lewis and Clarke’s original trail.

A 237-mile route that includes Lewis and Clark’s original Missouri River path, the Katy Trail allows bikers, hikers, and horseback riders to explore river bluffs, small towns, and pastoral farmland.


The Mount Helena Ridge in Montana carries cyclists through grassland and mountain slopes.

Wikimedia/ RCraig09Get ready for an almost vertical climb.

Just 5.5 miles away from downtown Helena, the Mount Helena Ridge in Montana starts with an almost entirely vertical climb before giving way to gentle cruising for 5.9 miles.


A rails-to-trails route still in construction, the Cowboy Trail in northern Nebraska will span 321 miles when completed.

Wikimedia/ AmmodramusThis is the longest rails-to-trails bike path in the world.

Bikers looking for an epic journey will soon find it in Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail, which will eventually earn the title of the world’s longest rails-to-trails bike path.


Bootleg Canyon in Nevada is a wild ride.

Flickr/dh RenoIt has something for everyone.

Bootleg Canyon in Nevada is an epic bike trail. It goes on for 36 miles and has a lower trail for biking beginners and an upper trail for those who want a tougher bike. With downhill trails and rough rides, this will be a trail you don’t soon forget.


Bear Brook State Park in southern New Hampshire contains 37 miles of bike trails.

Wikimedia/ CodymcarlsonThere is a beginner, intermediate, and advanced route.

The largest developed state park in New Hampshire, Bear Brook provides cyclists with an 8-mile beginner loop, a 14-mile intermediate path, and a 17-mile advanced route.


The Pine Barrens of New Jersey can be explored on bike, thanks to a network of paved and unpaved trails.

Wikimedia/ Apollo 1758This area is famous because of ‘The Sopranos.’

A heavily wooded area of the Garden State made famous by “The Sopranos,” the New Jersey Pine Barrens make a bucolic destination for a long country ride, and the region offers multiple route options, including several made up entirely of paved roads.


The sprawling desert vistas of New Mexico’s White Ridge Bike Trail are well worth the effort required to finish the 15-mile ride.

Flickr/Bureau of Land ManagementIt’s tough but totally worth it.

The one-of-a-kind geology visible in the New Mexico desert – including prehistoric rocks and multicolored mineral deposits make the White Ridge Bike Trail a remarkable and active day trip for Santa Fe visitors.


Capture Great Lakes views on the New York – Pennsylvania border as you ride the Seaway Trail.

J-Hogan/ iStockYou can see lots of Great Lakes on this path.

Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River are all on the sightseeing docket if you ride the Seaway Trail in New York, a lengthy waterfront path running past Rochester, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and more.


A Raleigh-area greenway leading through wetlands and farm fields, the Neuse River Trail makes up a chunk of the larger Mountains-to-Sea route.

Wikimedia/ Bz3rkThis path goes the length of the whole state.

North Carolina’s Mountains-To-Sea Trail traverses the entire state, running from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. For a less daunting trek, focus in on the Raleigh region, where the Neuse River Trail provides 27.5 miles of paved road and picturesque river views.


Famously considered one of the most difficult (and hazardous) mountain biking trails in the United States, the Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota features on many an adrenaline junkie’s bucket list.

Wikimedia/ Peter SchultzThese 144 miles are gruelling.

A gruelling path charting 144.7 miles through the North Dakota Badlands, the Maah Daah Hey Trail’s legendary reputation was solidified in 2016 in a breathless regional profile by the New York Times.


Another state-spanning bike path, the Ohio to Erie Trail runs from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

Wikimedia/ Kevin PayraviThis trail is 326 miles total length.

A “collection of regional trails that connects four of Ohio’s major metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns, and numerous small villages,” the 326-mile-long Ohio to Erie Trail features paved paths easy to navigate on a road bike or a mountain bike.


Oklahoma’s Medicine Park is home to the Lake Lawtonka Trails, a scenic rural route with both desert landscapes and regional tree clusters.

Wikimedia/ PschempThere are single-track loops.

The Lake Lawtonka Trails in Oklahoma cover over 20 miles and cyclists can partake of 6 single-track loops through the Oklahoma wilderness.


Planning an Oregon vacay? Take some time for a striking ride through the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

Wikimedia/Jsayre64This bikeway is very popular.

The hipster capital of Oregon, also known as Portland, may be the state’s top attraction these days, but if you head farther south, you’ll find the gorgeous Willamette Valley, which features a massively popular scenic bikeway covering 134 miles.


Pennsylvania mountain bikers flock to the Allegrippis Trails for their customisable routes.

Flickr/U.S. Army Corps of EngineersThere are even training routes.

The Allegrippis Trails at the beautiful Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania allow cyclists to design their own routes, due to the trails’ “stacked loop” arrangements. Essentially, mountain bikers can plan a totally different route experience for every Allegrippis visit.


The peaceful riverfront views of Rhode Island’s Ten Mile River Greenway are an exciting contrast to the trail’s starting point in urban Providence.

Facebook/ Ten Mile River GreenwayThis is a great casual ride.

Beginning in East Providence and following a former railway down to the Pawtucket River, Rhode Island’s Ten Mile River Greenway is a great pick for casual road cyclists.


For one of the most scenic bike trails in the United States, visit South Carolina’s Spanish Moss Trail.

YouTube/ Island PacketIsland Packet’s video shows the historic buildings and marshlands.

Coursing through verdant marshland and passing numerous historic buildings, South Carolina’s 10-mile Spanish Moss Trail is ideal for cyclists with a keen eye for aesthetics.


The Centennial Trail in South Dakota combines historic value with an arduous but well-worth-the-effort 111-mile journey full of steep inclines and thrilling downhill slopes.

Wikimedia/ Joe MabelThe centennial trail has it all.

With plenty of hills, multiple trailheads for easy access, and visually-appealing natural scenery, the single-track Centennial Trail in South Dakota is the pride of the prairie.


If you’re paying a visit to Memphis and Graceland, get those endorphins flowing with a ride on the Shelby Farms Greenline.

Wikimedia/Thomas R MachnitzkiThis is seven miles of paved roads.

One of the few wholly-urban trails on this list, Tennessee’s Shelby Farms Greenline comprises 7 miles of paved road following a former railroad line, starting in Midtown Memphis and ending at the eponymous Shelby Farms just outside the city.


A highly-regarded “urban oasis” in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, River Legacy Park features an excellent network of paved bike trails.

Flickr/erinmcc4There are wetlands, forests and prairies.

The River Legacy Park Trail in Arlington, Texas includes a wide array of ecological conditions, from wetlands to forest to prairie. Best of all, the River Legacy Park Trail cuts through it all, laying down 8 miles of paved trail for road bikes and mountain bikes.


The 98.2-mile Utah Lake Shore Trail frames the destination-worthy lake of the same name.

Wikimedia/ Eric WardThis trail is over 900 miles long.

A lengthy hike-and-bike route with multiple trailways, the Utah Lake Shore Trail shows off stunning lake views and connects smaller trails leading to Provo Canyon, the West Mountains, the Lake Mountains, and the Traverse Mountains.


With dense woods and exquisite mountain vistas, Vermont’s Green Mountain Trails are among the most scenic on this list.

Flickr/Rich MoffittThis path is hilly.

The northern New England state of Vermont may be best known for the ski slopes found in its mountainous regions, like the Green Mountain range.The Green Mountains also have their own network of single-track cycling trails, spreading out over 25 hilly miles.


The Virginia Capital Trail goes on for what seems like forever.

Flickr/JohnFBoyle3It has so many beautiful sites.

This long bike trail is more than 50-miles long and allows you to see some of Virginia’s most beautiful sites. The paved trail is great for beginners but for more experienced riders, it still has plenty of thrills. You can even stop along historical sites and museums along the way.


Active Seattle residents in need of R&R love the Burke-Gilman Trail for its city proximity and natural beauty.

Wikimedia/ Vladimir MenkovThis is a big hit with commuters.

A paved 2-lane bike path running between the Seattle neighbourhoods of Ballard and Kenmore, the 20-mile Burke-Gilman Trail is a big hit with bike commuters and weekend cyclists alike.


Found in the Mid-Ohio Valley of West Virginia, Mountwood Park offers 30 miles of single-track bike trails.

flickr/patrickThis trail is for intermediate bike riders.

The difficulty level of Mountwood Park’s bike trails averages out at intermediate, so you need not be an expert to enjoy the course’s ridges, downhill slopes, wooden bridges, and combination of dirt and paved trails.


A limestone trail following a former train route, the La Crosse River Trail is Wisconsin’s most popular recreational bike path.

Wikimedia/ Kcida10There are lots of different things to see on this trail.

Located in the La Crosse River Valley, this 22-mile bike trail takes riders through prairie terrain, forests, and the wetlands, all while providing views of the river and its adjacent streams.


The bike trail system in Wyoming’s Curt Gowdy State Park earned an “Epic” ranking from the International Mountain Biking Association.

Wikimedia/ Mark BrennanYou can choose your own length and difficulty.

Just outside of Cheyenne, you’ll find Curt Gowdy State Park, a Wyoming institution for those who take mountain biking seriously. With a 32-mile system comprised of customisable “stacked loops,” visitors can choose their own adventure in terms of length and difficulty.

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