I found a really cool trail link and resource guide for those of you who live or plan on visiting the United States in the near future.
TrailLink.com is clear, concise, and chock-full of awesome information for hiking enthusiasts!
As I stated in my Sounds Of Nature post, spending time in a natural setting can be relaxing and enjoyable on many different levels.
This tool can help you locate new and adventurous paths to embark on no matter what part of the country you are in.
Let me share just a few of its many features available to visitors…
Something For Everyone
There are many different personalities in the world around us.
Therefore, this trail guide allows you to search by state or by interest so you can choose the one best suited to your individual likes or dislikes.
Some of the categories include:
- Walking or running
- Hiking, fishing, or birding
- Bike riding, mountain biking, and inline skating
- Snowmobiling, ATV
- Cross country skiing or horseback riding
- Geocaching (Okay, had to look this one up LOL Apparently it’s “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.” Sounds pretty cool)
Do you need to know if a certain trail is wheelchair accessable? They have a category for that as well:)
So Much More
You can also find out what the Top Trails are in the US, and maybe plan a road trip or vacation with your family or friends.
On my last visit to the site, some of the top listings I found were The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, The Cuyuna Lakes State Trail, and The Elizabeth River Trail?(Atlantic City Spur), which is not far from where I live.
The Trail Of The Month is another nifty feature on TrailLink.
Every month they will research a particular rail-trail from around the country to keep you up-to-date on what is out there.
There’s even New Trail Reviews that are current and written by real people like you and me! Here you can find:
- Parking info and where to gain access
- A list of hotels nearby
- Other helpful info such as length, surface, trail end points, and activities allowed
It’s really the most comprehensive resource I’ve found regarding this subject!
Behind The Scenes
You might be wondering who would go through all the trouble of putting a site like this together for us to enjoy and use.
Well, credit goes to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Based in Washington D.C., they are a nonprofit organization whose purpose it is to build a network of nationwide trails from former rail lines.
They hope to “build healthier places for healthier people” by connecting corridors.
An upgrade is available which will enable you to utilize more great features than the ones I’ve already mentioned.
No, it’s not free, but your purchase supports the mission of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
CLICK HERE to check out this amazing trail link today!!!