Top U.S. Long-Distance Bike Paths

Denali Highway

For those look­ing to blast their bike-legs across vast land­scape of flats, hills, and some­times grave­ly ter­rain, check out some of these top long-dis­tance bike paths in America.


Erie Canal

Erie CanalThis 400-mile path tech­ni­cal­ly “opened” in 1825, but it did­n’t become pop­u­lar to cyclists until the 1990s. This man-made water­way stretch­es from Buf­fa­lo to Albany with the paths stay­ing on rel­a­tive­ly flat ter­rain. Cyclists ped­al back into his­to­ry along­side this “his­tor­i­cal eighth won­der of the world” and have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it vibrant col­lege towns such as Syra­cuse and Schenectady.


Great Divide Trail

Great DivideIf you’ve got three months of vaca­tion and lots of adren­a­line to pump, this 2,493-mile trail is right up your sad­dle. The trail inte­grates the best of sin­gle-track, mixed grav­el, and con­vert­ed rail­road beds. The trail gains more than 200,000 feet of ele­va­tion and cross­es the Con­ti­nen­tal Divide more than 50 times and con­nects from Cana­da to Mexico.


Great Ohio Lake to Riv­er Greenway

Ohio GreenwayWhen com­plet­ed, this 110-mile paved path­way will con­nect Lake Erie to the Ohio Riv­er. The path will start in Ashtab­u­la and end on the banks of the Ohio Riv­er in East Liv­er­pool. Ohioans and buck­eye-lovers can also ped­al on the 1,400-mile Buck­eye trail, which loops around the state, but not all parts are bike-friendly.

 


Coeur d’Alenes Trail

IdahoThis North­ern Ida­ho bike path is rel­a­tive­ly flat and ide­al for fam­i­lies and novice bik­ers. With just under 200 miles of trail, the paved path­ways mean­der through mead­ows and wet­lands with the oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife such as moose and local birds.

 


The Denali Highway

Denali HighwayOnce a sup­ply route for min­ers dur­ing the Alaskan Gold Rush and now a cycling dream-route, The Denali High­way serves as the per­fect path­way for cyclists look­ing to explore Alas­ka on two wheels. The 133-mile route runs from Pax­son and Cantwell and is main­ly grav­el. There are plen­ty of camp­ing, hik­ing and kayak­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties along the way. While tech­ni­cal­ly open to vehic­u­lar traf­fic from Mid-May to Octo­ber, you are unlike­ly to encounter any traf­fic what­so­ev­er on this poor­ly main­tained road.

 


Utah Cliffs Loop

UtahExplore “Col­or Coun­try,” Utah as you ped­al along 287 miles of trail start­ing and end­ing in St. George. Cyclists ride along­side sub­alpine forests, red sand­stone cliffs and famous land­marks such as Zion and Snow Canyon Nation­al Park. Ele­va­tion ranges between 2,500 to 10,000 feet above sea level.

 


Flori­da Connector

FloridaThis 530-mile trail con­nects St. Augus­tine to Key West, Flori­da. It is most ide­al to cycle Decem­ber to March to beat the hot, humid and hur­ri­cane weath­er. The path includes a com­bi­na­tion of cycling road lanes, side­walks and bike-only paths. The ter­rain fea­tures a com­bi­na­tion of flat and rolling hills. The path rolls through the rur­al lands with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of spot­ting a road­side alligator.