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Rail Trails

Rail Trails are trails that are located on former railroad right of ways. Most trails are located on abandoned lines, however occasionally trails will be adjacent to an active railway. Trail use often includes hiking, biking and horseback riding.

There are 68 links in this category

Washington - Cedar River Trail
Renton, WA - The Cedar River Trail follows the Cedar River from where it enters Lake Washington in the City of Renton upriver to the community of Landsburg at the boundary of the City of Seattle’s Cedar River Watershed. At 17.3 miles in length the CRT is a paved, off-road trail for the first 12.3 miles, and features a soft surface for the last five miles.

The trail follows a historic railroad route between the river and State Route 169, and passes through or near Renton, Maplewood, Cedar Mountain, Maple Valley, and Rock Creek. It offers views and access to Lake Washington, downtown Renton, Cedar River Park, Maplewood Golf Course, Ron Regis Park, Cedar Grove Park, and Maple Valley.

The CRT also provides excellent views and access to the Cedar River along its length. Between Renton and Maple Valley the CRT is popular with bicyclists and skaters and provides both recreational and non-motorized commuting opportunities. At Maple Valley the trail intersects the Green-To-Cedar Rivers Trail, which runs through central Maple Valley, then continues to the more secluded Rock Creek area and onto Landsburg in a wooded river valley. This soft-surface segment is popular with off-road bicyclists, joggers, walkers and equestrians. Parking is provided at both ends of the trail, and at numerous locations along its length.

Length: 17.3 miles. Surface - Paved and soft-surface

Info: URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/trails/regional-trails/popular-trails/cedar-river.aspx (Added: 22-Feb-2014)
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Washington - East Lake Sammamish Trail
Redmond, WA - The East Lake Sammamish Trail follows a historic railroad route along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish within the cities of Redmond, Sammamish and Issaquah. Part of the “Locks to Lakes Corridor,” the trail is approximately 11 miles long and follows an off-road corridor along the lake and through lakeside communities. The existing “interim” soft-surface trail provides excellent views of the lake and Cascade foothills, and is popular with off-road bicyclists, joggers, walkers and other users. The ELST will be upgraded in phases to become a fully paved facility with soft-surface shoulders.

Access to the northern end of the ELST is off Northeast 70th Street in Redmond, near the east side of King County’s Marymoor Park. The trail continues south through Sammamish to Issaquah. The trail is also accessible at numerous locations along its route, although no formal parking areas are currently provided. The ELST intersects with the Issaquah-Preston Trail in Issaquah near I-90, which provides a paved connection east within the Mountains to Sound Greenway Corridor.

Length: 10.8 miles. Surface - Paved and crushed rock

Info: URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/trails/regional-trails/popular-trails/east-lake-samm.aspx (Added: 22-Feb-2014)
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Washington - Interurban Trail
Seattle, WA - As it's name implies, the interurban trail is located on the right of way of an interurban railway. The Interurban Trail links Tukwila, Kent, Auburn, Algona, and Pacific along a near-straight 14 mile-long alignment following the historic Interurban Rail Line. To the north, the Interurban starts at an intersection with the Green River Trail at Fort Dent Way near Fort Dent Park. The trail crosses over the Green River and under Interstate 405, then turns straight south within the Puget Sound Energy powerline corridor.

The alignment crosses a wide variety of landscapes and provides views of many regional activities. Following the BNSF railroad south, the landscape passes through historic industrial areas and suburban lands before crossing the broad Green River Valley.

Info: URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/trails/regional-trails/popular-trails/interurban.aspx (Added: 12-Aug-2000)
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Washington - John Wayne Pioneer Trail
John Wayne Pioneer Trail offers more than 250 miles of scenic trail across Washington, from the eastern outskirts of Seattle to the state’s border with Idaho. It’s named for the John Wayne Pioneer Wagons and Riders Association, who were instrumental in the trail’s creation. Chic Hollenbeck, an avid horse rider and founder of the group, was a hardcore fan of the iconic cowboy actor.

The rail-trail follows the corridor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (also known as the Milwaukee Road), which operated in the region between 1908 and 1980. Railroad tunnels, trestle bridges, depots, and other relics of the past can be experienced as you travel the old railbed.

Info: URL: http://www.traillink.com/trail/john-wayne-pioneer-trail.aspx (Added: 22-Feb-2014)
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Washington - Klickitat Trail Conservancy
The Klickitat Trail is a nearly level 31-mile rail corridor extending from Lyle, Washington, to the Goldendale Plateau. It follows 11 miles of the nationally designated Wild & Scenic Klickitat River, and then winds its way up through Swale Canyon. The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, will manage and operate 13˝ miles of the 31-mile railbed as a recreation trail in the rail banked section between the communities of Lyle and Klickitat, Washington. The Trail offers spectacular river and canyon views throughout its length. The beautiful carved gorges of the Klickitat and Swale Canyons, with their rolling oak and pine forested hillsides, host spectacular wildflower displays and provide top notch birding opportunities. These are just a few of the unique attributes that make this Trail truly a gem of the Columbia Gorge and Pacific Northwest.
Info: URL: http://www.klickitat-trail.org (Added: 12-Jan-2004)
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Washington - Snoqualmie Valley Trail
Seattle, WA area - The Snoqualmie Valley Trail offers the opportunity to get out and explore one of the most beautiful agricultural valleys in the region.

The trail meanders past working farms as well as preserved open space areas, and connects to the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail in Iron Horse State Park. Points of interest include Tolt-MacDonald Park, Meadowbrook Farm, Three Forks Natural Area and the Tokul Trestle.

Info: URL: http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/trails/regional-trails/popular-trails/svt.aspx (Added: 22-Feb-2014)
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West Virginia - Greenbrier River Trail
The Greenbrier River Trail, operated by West Virginia State Parks, is a 75 mile (120 kilometer) long former railroad, now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, and wheel-chair use. The former Greenbrier Division of the C. & O. Railway was built at the turn of the century to serve the booming timber industry of that time. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds its way along the valley. Throughout much of its length, the Trail is directly adjacent to the beautiful Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.
Info: URL: http://wordpress.greenbrierrivertrail.com/ (Added: 30-Sep-2000)
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Wisconsin - Gandy Dancer Trail
An abandoned railroad line, once used by the Soo Line, has been developed into a multi-use recreational trail system. It will stretch from St. Croix Falls all the way to Superior, WI, winding in and out of Minnesota on the way. The Gandy Dancer is open to hiking, mountain biking and other non-motorized summer activities. All-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles are welcome on the groomed trail during the winter months. The Gandy Dancer connects St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck and Frederic in Polk County. Plenty of free parking near the trail offers easy access for users.
Info: URL: http://www.obnet.com/polkcounty/tourism/gandydancer.html (Added: 19-Nov-2000)
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