USA March 29, 2020
These Are The 9 Most Scenic Bike Routes In The U.S.
There’s nothing like a good bike ride to get you feeling grounded and connected to nature. When you’re itching to hit trails, consider checking out one of these breathtaking bike routes that highlight the natural beauty of this country.
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1. Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail (Greenville, SC)
This is a great bike route for someone looking to make plenty of stops along the way for shopping and dining. The Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail runs along a former railroad corridor near the Reedy River, which makes for stunning scenery. This trail is just 19.5 miles one way and is completely paved.
2. Little Pan Loop, Black Canyon Trail (New River, AZ)
This rugged portion of the Black Canyon National Recreation trail is known for its incredible views of the Agua Fria River and strikingly blue skies. The terrain is somewhat mountainous and craggy, so this is a great option for cyclists with a bit of experience. The 24-mile round-trip route is best tackled January through March and November through December.
3. Valmont Bike Park (Boulder, CO)
This bike park includes 42 acres of gorgeous natural landscape that is covered in bike tracks perfect for all ages and experience levels. Kids can try the tot track while new cyclists can enjoy the Escape Route or Hot Lap. There is also a terrain park with dirt jumps, a slope-style portion and a double slalom race course.
4. Shark Valley Trail, Everglades National Park (Miami, Florida)
This is a quick bike ride at just 15 miles round-trip and is perfect for beginner cyclists. The path is mostly level and paved and runs right through the beautiful landscape of Everglades National Park. You’re sure to spot plenty of wildlife and get a good dose of sunshine.
5. Sand Hog Hill, Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (Ironton, MN)
Looking for a beautiful bike ride that won’t take you all day and is great for casual cyclists? This is it. The Sand Hog Hill trail is built along the remnants of an old mine and features red sand paths that wind along lake overlooks. You’ll have a great time making your way through the bumpy terrain and admiring the forest’s beauty.
6. Going-to-the-Sun Road (Glacier National Park, MN)
Glacier National Park is one of the country’s most beautiful nature preserves, and tis 48.7 mile bike route is the perfect way to experience it. This route will take you along Going-to-the-Sun Road and bring you p to a 6,646-foot elevation. It’s definitely a journey for advanced cyclists, but one of the most scenic routes around. This road is only open to bikers and hikers during the spring, so that’s the perfect time to visit if you don’t want to deal with cars.
7. Shining Sea Bikeway (Falmouth, MA)
The Shining Sea Bike Trail is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Cape Cod. It hugs the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole and offers absolutely stunning views of the water. Wear your bathing suit and hop off your bike for a quick dip before continuing along this gorgeous path.
8. Cedar Rock Trail, DuPont State Recreational Forest (Hendersonville and Brevard, NC)
This route is short and sweet. The 1.4-mile loop between Hendersonville and Brevard is great for advanced cyclists due to it’s rough terrain. You’ll travel over some of the best granite overlooks in the state and even spot some waterfalls along the Little River Trail. Head to this one in the spring and fall to get the most bang for your buck.
9. Big Sur (CA)
The Big Sur bike route is probably one of the most stunning ways to experience this national treasure. The 100-mile journey will take you right along the coast on a path cut into the mountainside. Prepare to be wowed. This trail is perfect for year-round cycling.
These are just a few of the stunning bike trails that can be found across our beautiful country. What are a few of your favorite spots to take a scenic ride?