Find former railway lines that have been converted to multi-use trails for public access and enjoyment. The nationwide rails-to-trails effort has yielded great trails and paths around the country for walking and running, road and mountain biking, in-line skating, and horseback riding for equestrians. These rail-trails often follow rivers or valleys and offer easy traveling, thanks to the gentle surface grades required for the railroads that once ran on the same routes. Many famous rail-trails are located near major urban centers, making them an ideal quick getaway, like the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, the Farmington Canal Linear State Park Trail, or the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.
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