There are many vacation destinations across the nation that also happen to be perfect for pedaling. From big city bike routes to serene country trails and challenging mountain paths, we’ve narrowed down our top bike trails in the U.S. that will appeal to both seasoned cyclists as well as novice riders. Bicycling is a fun and heart-healthy way to explore the sights while on vacation!
Top 11 Bike Trails in the U.S.
- Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Orlando, Florida
- Boyne, Michigan
- Branson, Missouri
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Hershey, Pennsylvania
- New York City, New York
- Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
- Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
- Williamsburg, Virginia
Devil’s Lake State Park allows bicycles on the Uplands Loop and a connector trail, which provides 8 miles of scenery. The route is for mid-level riders, and goes from winding, grassy trails through open fields to deep brush and wooded one-ways. The most scenic views are from the top of the East Bluff trail on the south end.
Estrella Mountain Regional Park is in the Sierra Estrellas—dark, jagged mountains, all granite with sprigs of green dotting the landscape. While the backdrop may look daunting, the ride is truly beautiful. The trail is a single track with short, steep climbs and short, intense downhills.
Little Big Econ State Forest trails are for intermediate riders. A single track takes you through scrub pine forest to cypress swamp lowlands. There are lots of trails to choose from, none of which are too technical. Great for wildlife viewing.
Boyne Mountain Bike Trails require a degree of technical awareness despite being accessible to all skill levels. These trails are for skiing in the winter, so they can get pretty fast as downhill bike trails.
Busiek State Forest offers many paths to chose from, with something for everyone. While there are less people on the west side of the park, the trails are more technical. Fast downhills and a creek crossing make for a fun time.
Swamp Fox Passage trails are fast and flat, owing to their Lowcountry location, with an assortment of bridges and raised boardwalks. They can get sloppy after rains. Wear bug spray.
Swatara State Park features a bike trail that follows the old railroad bed of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. It’s the legacy of a nonprofit conservancy called Rails to Trails, which has created a nationwide network of biking trails out of former rail lines. There are plenty of stacked loops and log obstacles to keep you focused as you ride through scenic rolling fields and woodlands.
Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a 32-mile walking and biking path that takes you on a fascinating and exhilarating journey all the way around Manhattan Island along the Hudson, East and Harlem River shorelines.
Cades Cove offers a moderate trail ride for beginners, but beautiful and entertaining for all. The main road is asphalt, but you are able to turn off the road and hit the dirt trails for a bit more adventure.
Shenandoah National Park is for road bikes only. Take your journey along Skyline Drive for over 100 miles. While it is not mountain biking, there are some strenuous climbs, but the incredible views around you make it worth the effort.
York River State Park trails send riders on plenty of switchbacks and fast downhills. Routes get a bit narrow at times, but there are no hard climbs—only technical work. Try practicing on the Marl Ravine trail. There are plenty of ups and downs, roots and switchbacks.