Rails to Trails: Name this Mystery Destination

Forget re-purposed pallets. Re-purposed railroad lines is where it's at. Whoever decided to turn old railroad tracks into biking and hiking trails deserves a gold star in my book. This is why today's Mystery Destination is a rails to trails dream for bicyclists and hikers everywhere. Take a look at the five clues below and give us your best guess at naming this week's Mystery Destination.

Photo by Kenneth Casper Photo by Kenneth Casper

1. In the late 1800s, this trail was home to trains from the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company.

2. Open to cyclists in 1967, this trail is considered the first official bike trail in the United States.

3. This popular state trail is 32 miles long, 100 miles wide, and runs through five rural communities.

4. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel. The most popular aspect of this trail is the fact that it ventures through several tunnels created in the 1800s, the longest of which is over three quarters of a mile long. Bicyclists are encouraged to bring a flashlights and walk their bikes through these historic tunnels.

5. This trail is in a region within the Midwest referred to as the Driftless Area, given this name because it escaped the flattening effects of glaciers during the last glacial period.

Do you know the name of this rails to trails destination? Tell us in the comments below!
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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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