A Unique Way to See the Northeast: 5 Railroads Turned Bike Trails

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A Unique Way to See the Northeast: 5 Railroads Turned Bike Trails

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If you’re used to pedaling on a stationary bike while watching TV at the gym, you may have forgotten how refreshing it can be to get outside and ride around. Across the country, former railroads are being turned into scenic bike trails—giving you awesome opportunities to get a workout in while seeing something new. During your next visit to the Northeast, grab some wheels and head out to enjoy the scenery on these rails-to-trails bike routes.



The 14.5-mile East Bay Bicycle Path is Rhode Island’s best-known rail trail, stretching from Bristol in the south and to Providence in the north. The route runs along the old Providence and Bristol Railroad and flows through urban areas and natural landscapes as it passes state parks and the Rhode Island Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. For a more rural ride, the Blackstone River Bikeway follows an active railroad line, crossing the Blackstone River and the historic Blackstone Canal. Along the way, enjoy views of waterfalls, thick foliage and beautiful stone bridges.



About a 45-minute drive from South Windsor is the trailhead of the southern section of the Air Line State Park Trail, a 55-mile trail from the northeast corner of Connecticut (right at the Massachusetts border) down to the heart of the state in East Hampton. Mountain or hybrid bikes are necessary on the gravel pathway, which crosses 150-foot-high overpasses. Travel this trail in the fall to see the leaves change color as you ride by lakes, streams and forests.





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By | 2017-09-07T14:33:06+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Travel, Wellness|