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Old 06-05-2011, 07:22 AM   #1
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Camping & Rails to Trails?

We are looking for campgrounds that are located on or near any rails to trails. Does anyone have any information on such campgrounds? We'd like to combine some riding and camping. Thanks!

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Old 06-05-2011, 08:41 AM   #2
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Bike Trails, Walking Trails & Trail Maps | TrailLink.com
In their wisdom they link hotels but not campgrounds. Only way to do it would be to find area, get map and then do google by city or county for campgrounds. Haven't seen any CG guides that link to bike trails.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:48 AM   #3
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A long way to go, but . . .

Mineral Wells State Park in Mineral Wells Texas is has a rails to trail trail. I realize it's a long way from Pennsylvania but if you are ever in Texas or thinking about a cross country trip, you might check it out.

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If you ever head to Florida for the Winter season, check out the Withlacoochee Trail. There is a campground on the trail and it passes through several towns where you can stop for a bite to eat. But most of the trail is in rural areas and swamp. It's a great flat ride.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:00 AM   #5
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Minnesota has the most converted railways to bike trails of any state. Wonderful summer weather and scenic uncrowded trails, farmland and woodland, we ride them often. There are many camping opportunities near the trails, some just small village parks.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:03 AM   #6
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Missouri has a great trail from just outside Kansas City to St Louis. It's a beautiful trail and very well maintained. Its the Katy Trail.

http://www.bikekatytrail.com/
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You may want to check out Old Town, Florida. We enjoyed spending time in the area camping at the Suwannee River Hideaway. Several miles (I don't remember how many) of Rails to Trails with some great rides to nearby small towns.

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Old 06-05-2011, 10:21 AM   #8
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While Lehigh Gorge State Park in PA doesn't have camping, it does have a very nice (and long) bike path along the river. There are nearby state parks that do have campsites.

Green Lakes State Park near Syracuse NY is within riding distance to the Erie Canal bike path. It's a pretty nice campground.

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Old 06-05-2011, 11:09 AM   #9
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When we stayed for a week at the Pennwood Airstream park near Limestone Pa, a couple of the longer term residents were kind enough to tae me along on a bike ride on a rails to trails trail.

It was maybe a 20 minute drive by car from the park, and I think there may be others in the area.


Pennwood park itself - if you haven't need there was great, both the park and the people we met!


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Old 11-11-2011, 06:40 PM   #10
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I wanted to (finally) come back and update this thread. We camped at a city-owned campground called North Beach right on Lake Champlain just north of Burlington, Vermont. You can walk (20 minutes) or ride into town on a lovely paved trail alongside the lake. Or you can ride further away from Burlington and explore some causeways along the lake.

Wonderful riding, decent park (well-kept but tight spots and close to the city's high school, adding some noise from the athletic fields), great city. We'll be back.
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Hiawatha bike trail

For a great rail to trail bike trip you should try the route of the Hiawatha. It is in near St.Regis Montana. It has tunnels and plenty of trestles. What is really nice is that there is great boondocking site nearby.
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Old 11-11-2011, 10:51 PM   #12
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check with the state DNR. Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin have designated bike trail maps and there are campgrounds listed on them. Also check with the local Bike shops, some have a rack with local maps.
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Well I am told that the DAYTON,Ohio area has the longest bike trails in the USA and I hear people come from all over the USA to ride them. Im not a bike rider and only know hear-say. I do believe that most of the trails are old rail beds. Sorry I dont have a web-site for you but Check the OHIO DNR.
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Idaho's Heyburn State Park just east of Plummer is located about 6 miles from the beginning of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, a 72 mile rails to trails classic. This paved bike path is well maintained, scenic and relatively easy. Heyburn State Park is the oldest park in the PNW, established in 1908 and has several campgrounds, one with hook-ups.
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