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10 best recreational trails in the U.S.

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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.

10. Katy Trail - Missouri

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.

9. Great Allegheny Passage - Maryland and Pennsylvania

The gorgeous Great Allegheny Passage provides more than 150 miles of almost flat hiking and biking trail connecting Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Allegheny Trail Alliance

8. C&O Canal Towpath - Washington, DC and 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.

Photo courtesy of NPS photo

7. Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail - Sacramento

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.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

6. Buffalo Bayou - Houston

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.

Photo courtesy of Visit Houston

5. Ke Ala Hele Makalae - Kauai, Hawaii

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.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Heather Goodman / @hbgoodie

4. Swamp Rabbit Trail - Greenville, South Carolina

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.

Photo courtesy of Firewater Photography/Kris Decker

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

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

Photo courtesy of The Trail Foundation

2. Virginia Creeper Trail - Virginia and North Carolina

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.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

1. Chuck Huckelberry Loop - Tucson

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.

Photo courtesy of Pima County

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