Most Beautiful Cycling Trails in the US

Posted on Mar 21 2021 - 2:12am by Nina Simons

Cycling is one of the best ways you can experience the great outdoors as you can explore parts that you can’t when you are in a car. For many enthusiasts, it is not about green transportation and exercise, cycling is all about connecting with their surroundings. If you are one of those enthusiasts there are some of the most beautiful cycling paths you can take in the US. 

Slickrock Trail, Utah

If you are looking for a trail that will give you an adrenaline rush, there is no better place for you than the brutal Slickrock trail. It is also known as a mountain biking Mecca. As it is so popular, it is found on almost every advanced rides bucket list because it is so technically and physically challenging. This amazing trail will take you along amazing sand dunes to dry seabed leaving you with breathtaking views of the rocky hills of Utah. The trail is about 20 kilometres. 

Centennial Trail, South Dakota

Centennial trail is about 178kms of cycling through life-changing American scenery which at times makes you feel like you have been sent back to the old west. What makes this trail so special is that you will be able to see some of the most beautiful lakes such as Sheridan and Pactola Lake. keep in mind that this trail varies in difficulty. There you will be able to experience both very easy roads and path sections but at the next moment, you will find yourself battling steep inclines and then rocketing downhill. 

Trail 401, Colorado

If you are looking for a trail that will leave you breathless in both senses, Trail 401 is the way to go. It has some of the most majestic scenery that Colorado has to offer, there will be no moments where you aren’t surrounded by astonishing views. It starts at Schofield and from there you will have to cling to get to the evergreen forests and meadows where the trail is located. As you are coming up to the East River Valley where you will be presented with an adrenaline-boosting downhill track. On that ride, you will be able to enjoy a mesmerizing backdrop of the Red Mountains. One of the best times that you can choose to visit this amazing US destination is during summer when everything comes alive. 


Gauley Headwaters Trail, West Virginia

The Gauley Headwaters is a 60km looping track that goes through the Allegheny Mountains and the magical forests of Monongahela. This track is known as the best superb track you can find around the Appalachian range. It has everything an experienced mountain biker would want including thick luscious forests to navigate through some difficult slopes which lead you to the legendary downhill path. As it is such an advanced trail, you will need to make sure that you have a proper mountain bike along with all the following equipment that will make you as safe as you can be. 

Buffalo Creek, Colorado

Buffalo Creek is filled with so many different rail combinations for cyclists of all levels. As it has so many different winding descents you can cover a lot of ground in a couple of hours. The overall environment is really rough and ready. You will be able to cycle through a partially buried woodland followed by a rocky trail and then as you are making your way down to the inclines you will go through different forests.  

Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

If you are interested in having a more laid-back cycling adventure that lasts longer the Natchez Trace Parkway is something that you should definitely visit. It will present you with an easier and more horizontal territory to ride on. This trail is 714 kilometres long and it is filled with leafy winding roads that take you through breaking woodland sections. A lot of cyclists who choose to go here like to immerse themselves in awing 10,000 years of history. This life-changing trail is the best opportunity for less advanced cyclists to get a taste of more advanced trails while not putting anyone in danger. This trail is perfect for those who are seeking a more relaxed yet epic trail. 

Soquel Demonstration Forest, California

For those who are looking to have a more peaceful and crowd less experience, Soquel Demonstration forest is the best one to choose. It is set deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the trails wind down the fastest tracks and have advanced downhill sections that have quite a few tight turns. These magical woodland trails provide about 32 kilometres and challenging and exhilarating trails in the whole area. 

San Juan Islands, Washington

If you are not into off-road biking, down worry there are places for you too. San Juan Islands are one of the most popular cycling destinations in the US. As it is considered to be one of the most breathtaking tropical islands it offers multiple trials where any type of cyclist can enjoy and feel engaged. This is one of the few places where you will be able to cycle while being able to enjoy the view of marine wildlife along with magical leafy shorelines. The trails are approximately 48 kilometres long. 

Big Boulder Ride, California

Another trail that is secluded and that is an off-road ride is the Big Boulder ride. It offers cyclists a highly technical and challenging 35-kilometre loop. The track is a 130-year-old mining road that starts in Downieville which is a mine rush town tucked away in the luscious Tahoe National Forest. The route is a single track in an outstanding mountain setting with amazing and exciting ups and downs that will take you down and along the famous Yuba River. 

No matter which one you choose to visit, you can’t make mistakes as they are all amazing trails. One thing that you need to look out for is the difficulty of the trails, if you are a beginner you shouldn’t pick advanced trails as you can get hurt but also hurt other people around you.

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