Rail Trails: Mid Atlantic
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- Covers trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. Each trail description includes a map, endpoints, total mileage, roughness index, surface type, directions to the trailhead, and contact information. Trail use icons let you quickly figure out whether trails are best for cycling, hiking, horseback riding, inline skating, mountain biking, walking, and XC skiing, as well as which trails are wheelchair accessible.
- Black and white photos give you a glimpse at some of the scenery youll encounter on the trail. 2007, first edition, 198 pages. 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 in..
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have for finding bicycle trails in unfamiliar locations. I have several of them and use them all.Published 5 months ago by Robert J.
I love rail trails. But please, let's put things in perspective. You really should devote much more print to a 40 mile trail than to a one mile trail. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex
Great purchase at a bargain price, book in excellent condition! Agreat guidebefore you plan your next vacation!Published on July 25, 2014 by drala
Excellent books for cyclists. Excellent price. Maps are clear and information is very helpful. Must have for any trail rider.Published on February 24, 2014 by Elizabeth A Hinnant