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Product Details

  • Series: Rail-Trails
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1 edition (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899974279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899974279
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a membership-based organization with more than 100,000 supporters who are dedicated to converting former railroad corridors into multiuse trails.

Customer Reviews

Excellent books for cyclists.
Elizabeth A Hinnant
I was nicely surprised that the book is exactly what I needed, good descriptions of each trail and a good map, AND how to get to the beginnings of each trail.
A Keck
Since this project is ongoing, any book on the subject is a bit out of date.
Ken

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Keck on October 10, 2007
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This book is a wonderful guide to bike trails. It makes planning trips easy and fun, and it's very descriptive about the specifics of each trail (gravel, grass, paved, etc.)

I thought I could just find this info on the internet, but to no avail, so I bought the book. I was nicely surprised that the book is exactly what I needed, good descriptions of each trail and a good map, AND how to get to the beginnings of each trail.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul0 on January 12, 2012
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This book is probably most useful if you want to browse one or several states for trails, you'd rather not use the internet, and you're partial to rail-trails. But there are alternatives to this book that are preferable in other situations.

If you're interested in a particular trail, and need to find lodging or restaurants along the trail, or are interested in the terrain near the trail, the brevity of each trails' description here, and the low-detail non-topographic maps are a handicap. You'd do better with google.

Several examples: suppose you're interested in Deckers Creek Trail near Morgantown WV: neither the text nor the map tells you that the trail rises 1000 feet. Most roads intersecting the trail are not named. There's no mention of the coke ovens along the trail. And this trail is not listed in the index.

Or consider the Allegheny Highlands Trail, Maryland. Today almost everybody calls this the Great Allegheny Passage, or GAP. This book was written in 2006, but its four paragraphs on this trail do not mention the grade, do not mention the Big Savage Tunnel (just across the border in PA), do not mention that it is possible to take a bicycle on the Western Maryland Railroad, do not include a photo of the steam train (instead they have a photo of a parking lot), and their map does not show Cumberland. Disappointing.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath in Maryland is barely mentioned in this book -- it's a canal trail, not a rail-trail, you see.

Personally, I prefer google searches, and I go to maps.google.com and turn on Bicycling. I bought this book, but I doubt that I'll use it much. If I do, it will be most valuable as a starting point: just to learn that a trail exists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on August 4, 2010
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We live in Illinois and use the Rail-Trails Midwest book all the time for planning trips and dreaming of trips. We picked up the Mid-Atlantic version for a trip to Maryland in the spring. We've already used this book for two trails in Maryland and a trail in Virginia, which we went out of our way to ride based on the information in this book. Rail trails are perfect for our family with three young children, minimizing our interaction with cars and dramatic grades. I can't do the same routes I might do alone, and so it is great to have a resource to identify these perfect trails.

You will still need to supplement the information in this book with research on current trail conditions, but this book is a gateway to wonderful trips for the whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessie VanAbbema on October 29, 2013
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Very Good information to have while vacationing on the east coast. A must have for all hikers. Very thorough with the maps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W on July 21, 2013
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I got this as a gift for a buddy departing AFG for onward assignment to WDC. He enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tammy L. Besser on January 30, 2013
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I was extremely pleased at how fast I received this product. Amazon's fulfill center is AWESOME! Amazon always comes through with on-time or fast delivery, and every product is packaged perfectly. In regard to the product itself, well I can't say enough good things. My husband and I have been avid bike riders for 30 years and have been members of the rails-to-trails association for nearly as long. This is probably the 4th or 5th book we've gotten on the subject. This new edition is definitely a "must have" for anyone serious about riding in the Mid-Atlantic area.
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