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10 Great Biking Trails in the U.S.

Some of America's best places to hit the trail
By Emily Hare
Published: July 31, 2013
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One of the best things about remote cabins, cottages, camps and lakehomes is that they are never far from a good wilderness path. When you get the itch to hit the trail, there are plenty of options for hiking, biking and riding ATVs or other off-road vehicles (ORVs). Here are just a few worthy biking trails found in the U.S.:

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) Trail System, Wis. – This well-marked network of trails winds through and around nearly one million acres of forest, including the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Copper Harbor Trails, Mich. – This challenging single-track network features cedar-planked hairpin turns on steep descents. The names of trails include the “Stairway to Heaven” and “Woopidy Woo.”

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), Colo. – This trail stretches from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the U.S.-Mexican border, and spectacular scenery abounds in the Colorado Rockies.

Ice Cream Lover’s Ride, Lancaster, Pa. – Break up this 42-mile loop by stopping for a scoop or two at Bird-in-Hand Bakery (12 miles), Lapp Valley Farm (23 mils), and Oregon Dairy (36 miles).

Katy Trail, Mo. – This flat, crushed limestone path is great for all ages and ability levels. It’s also the longest rail trail in America, nearly spanning the state of Missouri.

Maah Daah Hey Trail, N.D. – The wild, wild west beckons with 96 miles through the Badlands of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Moab Canyon Pathway, Utah – An easy-going route that accommodates all bike types, this is a welcome break from some of the state’s more intense mountain biking trails.

Mt. Tamalpais, Calif. – This network of trails has much to offer, including dense forest, lakes, meadows and ocean views. Mt. Tam is widely regarded as the birthplace of mountain biking.

Resurrection Pass Trail, AlaskaCabin Life Facebook follower Sheila Pollard Best recommends this 38-mile scenic route that was part of the famed Iditarod run from Seward to Nome. It’s available for mountain biking and hiking, and every other winter it opens for snowmobilers. There are several public-use cabins along the trail as well.

Saranac Lake-Cranberry Lake segment of the Olympic Byway, N.Y. – This section of the Olympic Byway passes by five Adirondack lakes and offers many opportunities for family rides.


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