America’s Rail Trails

You may say what are Rail Trails and how can you take advantage of them?

Rail trails are converted railroad bed used as multi-purpose trails for recreation use.  Because of the gentle grade on most rail trails you can walk, bicycle, hike, horseback ride, run, inline skate and cross-country ski.   Although most trails are multi-use trails, no motorized vehicle are permitted.

Most importantly rail trails make these activities available to most everyone’s physical condition.  The flat to gentle grade makes it possible for all ages, young and old to enjoy the scenery and tranquility that awaits you. Most of these trails are by mountains, rivers and historical landmarks. I’ve been to some that have benches to rest along the way and picnic areas to stop and enjoy lunch.

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5 Catskill Park Fire Tower Hikes

Have you ever hiked to a fire tower? When in the area you should try one of the 5 Catskill Park Fire Tower hikes. Fire Towers have become one of our favorite hiking destinations.  They are a big part of the fire service history of the United States.  Being a part of the fire service family for over 30 years (my husband is a volunteer fireman) we appreciate early efforts of firefighting and how it changed over the years.

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Ramblewood Campground, Pittsburgh NH

One of our favorite campgrounds in the past 10+ years of camping is Ramblewood Campground and Cabins in Pittsburgh New Hampshire.  It’s a family-owned private campground, set on 180 acres, which offers electric and water at most sites. 

What a View! That’s all I can say, together with great and friendly owners makes for a very enjoyable stay. The campground is on a hill that overlooks the Connecticut Lakes. We loved having our cocktails at night looking at the view and enjoying the sunset.  It was like living in paradise for a few days!

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