Longest Trails: Longest Paved Trail and Longest Ice Skating Trail

Do you know of a longer paved trail anywhere? a longer skating trail? other record trails? Let us know at [email protected]!

by American Trails Staff

Top 5

5. The fifth longest paved trail is now Ohio's Little Miami Scenic Trail, which has been extended to 75 miles. Also, The Little Miami is part of one of an extensive regional trail network: 330 miles of paved, interconnected trails. See details at www.miamivalleytrails.org.

4. Iowa's 89 mile Raccoon River Valley Trail takes you through woodlands, prairie and agricultural landscapes. The route forms a loop through several rural communities with a long tail coming off the loop on its northern end that heads to Jefferson, as well as another tail on its southern end that heads toward Des Moines.

3. Michigan's White Pine Trail is a 92-mile linear state park that connects Comstock Park (in the Grand Rapids area) to Cadillac. The state’s second-longest rail-trail (and longest paved trail), it follows the rail bed of the old Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad. Asphalt covers much of the trail, except for a 22-mile section between Howard City and Big Rapids that’s natural ballast and hard-packed gravel.

2. The Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet trails extend 94.5 miles on a single abandoned railroad, and form the second longest paved trail in America. The 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail is on the Alabama side, traveling through the Tallegeda National Forest, and connects at the Georgia state line with the Silver Comet Trail which continues 61.5 miles east to Smyrna, Georgia.

1. The champion is the Paul Bunyan Trail which is a continuously paved trail from Brainerd, Minnesota to Lake Bemidji State Park in Bemidji— a total of 112 paved miles. It is the longest of Minnesota's state trails and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country. It connects with the 8 mile Heartland State Trail, and at Lake Bemidji State Park it connects to the Blue Ox Trail, an unpaved motorized trail for snowmobiling and off-highway vehicle riding that extends northeast to International Falls.

Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont is home of the longest ice skating trail in the US. Every year in January the Annual Lake Morey Skate-Athon takes place on the four-mile round trip groomed trail.

Do you know of a longer paved trail anywhere? a longer skating trail? other record trails? Let us know at [email protected]!

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