in the U.S.

best recreational trails

This period of social distancing has many people looking for ways to get active in the great outdoors. Our readers voted these recreational trails as the best in the U.S.

Katy Trail State Park represents the longest rail-to-trails conversion project in the country. A popular choice for runners, walkers and cyclists.

Katy Trail - Missouri

Great Allegheny Passage offers more than 150 miles of nearly flat hiking and biking trails connecting Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland.

Great Allegheny Passage - Maryland and Pennsylvania

The C&O Canal Towpath runs for 184.5 miles. This dirt and stone trail makes it possible to walk, run or bike between Georgetown.

C&O Canal Towpath - Washington, DC and Maryland

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is a popular, paved trail in Sacramento for outdoor recreation and also commuting around town.

Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail - Sacramento

Buffalo Bayou Park multi-level walkways lead into downtown via the Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive. This recreational path connects several smaller parks and attractions.

Buffalo Bayou - Houston

This paved trail along Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast covers 8 miles in two segments. It’s possible to rent bicycles in Kapaa Town.

Ke Ala Hele Makalae - Kauai, Hawaii

The trail is named after a railroad in South Carolina that was named after a type of rabbit, the trail follows its course along the Reedy River.

Swamp Rabbit Trail - Greenville, South Carolina

This 10-mile hike-and-bike trail meanders along the banks of Lady Bird Lake in the middle of Austin.

Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail - Austin

the path of the historic steam engine that once wound into the Iron Mountains. The rail-to-trail path is a favorite among hikers and bikers.

Virginia Creeper Trail - Virginia and North Carolina

The Huckleberry Loop includes 130 miles of paved trails and bike lanes. The path is open to cyclists, pedestrians, runners, equestrians or skaters.

Chuck Huckelberry Loop - Tucson

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