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10 Reasons Idaho’s Scenic Rail Trail Is Picture Perfect For A Spring Adventure

Across the country, old railbeds have been transformed into the ultimate biking and walking paths. Traveling along these gorgeous old “Rails-to-Trails” lines, you’ll be able to see the same rolling, majestic landscapes that train engineers would have been able to see decades ago from their lofty engine perches firsthand.

Since 1965, more than 1,200 trails have opened on former railways nationwide. A Northwest favorite is the stunning Route of the Hiawatha through North Idaho, which is adored for its towering trestles and magnificent tree-filled panoramas. But few people realize there is an overlooked treasure tucked away in Southern Idaho as well, just an hour or so outside of Boise! It’s called the Weiser River Trail and it. Is. Fabulous. Officially called the Weiser River National Recreation Trail, here, you’ll find the longest rail-trail in the state, incredible landscape diversity, and all the small town charm you can hope for as this 85-mile path stretches from Weiser to McCall.

Still unsure? Here are 10 reasons why the WRT is perfect for your next family adventure. All aboard!

Whether you’re grabbing a tandem bike or lacing up your running shoes, this nationally-recognized trail is worth every scenic mile! Bonus: this year, the WRT is celebrating its 20th birthday.

For another epic trail to explore, but from the comfort of your vehicle – how about the most historic route in Idaho?

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and Idaho native who has loves basking in Idaho sunsets and indulging in spontaneous nature walks across the state.