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 rails-to-trails conversion project in the nation. The largely flat 240-mile trail passes through the Missouri countryside – a popular option for runners, walkers and cyclists.
The gorgeous Great Allegheny Passage provides more than 150 miles of almost flat hiking and biking trail connecting Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland.
The C&O Canal Towpath runs for 184.5 miles along the historic C&O Canal. This dirt and stone path makes it possible to walk, run or bike between Georgetown and Cumberland, Maryland.
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (a.k.a. the American River Bike Trail) is a popular, paved trail in Sacramento for outdoor recreation and also commuting around town.
The multilevel trails of Buffalo Bayou Park follow Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive from Sabine Street in downtown to Shepherd Drive. This recreational path links several smaller parks and attractions.
This paved trail along Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast covers 8 miles in two segments. It’s possible to rent bicycles in Kapaa Town, through visitors can also navigate the trail on foot.
This trail in South Carolina is named after a railroad that was named after a type of rabbit, and now that the railroad no longer runs, this trail follows its path along the Reedy River.
This 10-mile hike-and-bike trail meanders along the banks of Lady Bird Lake in the middle of Austin.
Extending for 34.3 miles, this trail follows 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.
The Chuck Huckelberry Loop in Tucson comprises 130 miles of paved paths and bike lanes (with more on the way). The path is open to cyclists, walkers, runners, horseback riders or skaters.