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  • Series: Rail-Trails
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899976492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899976495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very well researched!
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I've already benefited greatly from the book after only having it about a week and recommend it highly.
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The trails are described will including entry points.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terry Sunday TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 24, 2011
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As we baby-boomers age, our inclinations to undertake grueling, multi-day hikes hauling heavy backpacks over savagely rough terrain diminish along with our capabilities to do so. But many of us still want to get outdoors as much as possible. What outdoor recreational and fitness activities are available to those of us who refuse to gracefully accept a sedentary lifestyle in our waning years? I have the answer: rail-trails.

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) opened its doors in 1986. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., RTC focuses on transforming America's unused or abandoned railway corridors into multi-use trails. Former railway rights-of-way make ideal trails--they tend to be smooth, level, readily accessible and very scenic. Such trails open up major parts of urban, suburban and rural America to the enjoyment of hikers, horseback riders, bicyclists and others users, young and old. In 1986, there were about 250 miles of rail-trails in the U.S. Now there are more than 19,000 miles, and more open every year. They are a perfect choice for hikers who no longer want to tackle the backcountry.

RTC publishes a series of excellent guidebooks covering rail-trails in various regions of the U.S. "Rail-Trails: Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York" is one of the best of the series. That region is one of the densest rail-trail areas of the country. This book covers three states and 106 trails totaling 1,437 miles, in an outstanding, accessible, easy-to-read and invaluable guide. Organized by state, each section begins with a nice location map showing all the trails covered in that state, in alphabetical order. Do you want to find trails near Rochester, New York? No problem--they're in there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By matt from philly on May 1, 2013
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In general this is an okay book, although I am puzzled about the trail choice criteria and how each state's maps do not coordinate well with the trail descriptions (I expected Trail 21 on the state map to be Trail 21 in the descriptions - but not so.)

What bothers me about the trail choices is the number of under 5 mile trails it contains. These are hardly worth the print. A full 25% (yes, I counted) are under five miles. Many of these are under two miles in length. Another 25% is between 5 and 10 miles.

I suggest if you want to have a comprehensive view of trails in your state that you go to the Rails to Trails "TrailLink.com" web site and save your money on the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dm on September 22, 2011
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I bought this in hopes of learning more about trails that I could bike on since I avoid riding on roads with cars and motor traffic.

I learned about 2 trails in my area that I had no idea existed, and learned more information about 2 trails that I knew already.

The maps are very useful and the instructions on finding the trails worked for me which is great because I get lost extremely easily.

The trails listed are not just for biking; some are short trails that would be for walks or short "hikes."

I've already benefited greatly from the book after only having it about a week and recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen Faught Jr on August 19, 2013
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This guide immediately inspires one to go "exploring". All the essential information in a practical format. Please consider adding mileage to Contents pages for newbies.
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By beth on June 4, 2014
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There are a ton of rides in the book and they are well described with points of interest and suggestions. The grading scale seems reasonable.
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Excellent books for cyclists. Excellent price. Maps are clear and information is very helpful. Must have for any trail rider.
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For our two families biking in unknown areas in PA this book was a life saver. The detail was great and the bike trails were in great condition. Perfect way to get the family out and active.
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By 1zaan2 on July 14, 2013
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much more complete than we expected. The trails are described will including entry points. The descriptions are very helpful. It is easy to read and well organized.
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