6. Creekside/Flume Loop Trail
Winter Park, Colo.
Biking this trail, designed for intermediate off-trail riders, you might catch a glimpse of moose in the many beaver ponds. Climb higher to pedal through aspen forests and catch a view of St. Louis Creek from the top.
7. Cape Cod Rail Trail
Cape Cod, Mass.
This trail is packed with cyclists on summer weekends, and for good reason: It's a well-maintained 22-mile paved path between the mid-Cape towns of Dennis and Wellfleet that cuts through cranberry bogs and salt marshes. Stop along the way at Nickerson State Park (at about the midpoint), the National Seashore or the Hot Chocolate Sparrow coffee shop in Orleans for a sweet treat.
8. Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail
The fairly flat, dusty, 84-mile towpath, a National Heritage Area, passes through farmland, small towns and park preserves. While many cyclists take a few days to do the whole route (there are campsites along the way), you can choose a section, such as the pretty and peaceful segment through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
9. Tsali Recreation Area trail system
Bryson City, N.C.
The Tsali (SAH-lee) trail system, named after a Cherokee hero, overlooks Fontana Lake and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It covers 42 miles of trail in four loops, over a variety of landscapes and terrain, from single track to old logging roads — but note that the biking here is more challenging than on some of the other routes on this list. Each day, half of the trails are open to bikes, half to horses.
10. Schuylkill River Trail
This is a work in progress, though much of the soon-to-be 130-mile trail has been completed, and if you wish you can now hop on a bike behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art (yes, where Rocky Balboa ran the steps) and take a 26-mile ride on paved surfaces to Valley Forge Historical Park. Some segments follow an old rail trail, which means no cars, a wide berth and beautiful scenery.
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