Dreaming about taking your bike on a few epic trails? Whether you prefer cycling on paved paths or heading out into the wilderness for some technical single track mountain biking, an RV makes it easy to get there.
Why RVing and Bike Riding are the Perfect Pair
There are several great reasons why RVing and bike riding go together, but the most obvious one is space. RVing makes it super easy to bring your bicycles along on your trips. Whether you have a fifth wheel with inside space for the bikes or have a bike rack on your truck or rig, RVing easily takes you to the best bike trails. But the benefits don’t stop there. With an RV you’ll have room to get ready before you head out, and a comfy bed and a place to shower off after your ride.
Finding the Best Bike Trails
There are tons of great bike trails all across the United States. From smooth paved trails along rives to highly technical dirt trails in the mountains, there’s plenty for all biking enthusiasts to enjoy. Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up some great trails below.
Family Friendly Bike Trails
Looking for trails your whole family can enjoy? There are great trails all over, including many in the national parks!
Lone Star Geyser Trail, Yellowstone National Park
There are some beautiful biking trails throughout Yellowstone National Park, including the Lone Star Geyser Trail. This level and partially paved trail is great for all skill levels, so it’s a great trail for the family. Bike through the park along Firehole River to the geyser, which erupts about every three hours.
Big Hollow Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park
The 8-mile Big Hollow Trail in Mammoth Cave National Park is a great trail option for the whole family. Explore the beautiful (above ground!) nature of the park by biking through trees and near streams. There’s also additional trails for those looking for more technical trails.
Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Towpath Trail is a popular multi use trail that partly runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Follow the historic path that was used by mules to tow the canal boats. Ride some or all of the flat 20 miles of trail that goes through the park along the river and bike to visit the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or historical sites within the park. They even have the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Explorer Program, which lets you bike into the park and ride the train back out!
Rainbow Rim Trail 10, Grand Canyon National Park
Mountain bikers will definitely want to visit the Rainbow Rim Trail 10 along the ridge of the Grand Canyon. It’s a single track trail along the rim with multiple overlooks for amazing views. The trail is rated easy to intermediate, but due to its remoteness it’s best done with older kids. The entire trail is almost 28 miles, but it can be broken up into chunks.
Brush Creek Trail, Crested Butte, CO
This trail isn’t in a national park, but Crested Butte, Colorado has some incredible and family friendly bike trails. Brush Creek Trail is an out and back trail just under 5 miles round trip. It’s just outside town and offers amazing views of the surrounding hills. And if you visit in summer, those hills will be covered in wildflowers.
Difficult Bike Trails
If you find beginner trails boring and are looking to challenge yourself on the hard trails, take a look at some of these difficult biking trails to test your skills!
The Whole Enchilada, Moab, Utah
Often called one of the best mountain bike rides in the world, The Whole Enchilada in Moab is not for the faint of heart. With a descent of 7,000 feet this black diamond trail is long and very challenging. Shuttles will drop you off several different points, depending on the condition of the trail, and you have the option to ride from alpine trees all the way down to the canyons of the Colorado River.
Monarch Crest, Salida, Colorado
Looking for high altitude mountain trails? Monarch Crest in Salida, Colorado is a fantastic single track trail that offers incredible views. Shuttles will take you to the trail, and your ride will include some climbing and about 6,000 feet of descent. Part of the trail is along the Continental Divide so you’ll have some epic scenery while you test your skills.
Hiline Trail – Sedona, Arizona
Hiline Trail is an expert level mountain bike trail through the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. It’s very technical with steep climbs, slickrock, descents, and riding along the edge of the cliff. But if you’re looking for a difficult trail, this one provides views and plenty of challenges.
Scenic Bike trails
Looking for great views while you cycle? Here are some beautiful rides to take in the surrounding nature while getting some exercise.
Cape Cod Rail Trail, Massachusetts
The Cape Cod Rail Trail meanders through six different Cape Cod towns along a converted railroad bed. The paved trail is 25 miles long and offers a great way to see the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet. You’ll be sharing the trail with walkers and runners, but there’s also plenty of nature and state parks along the way.
Virginia Creeper Trail, Virginia
The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 34.3-mile trail through several Virginia counties and some of the most gorgeous landscapes. Ride past fields and farmland, forests and creeks, over 45 bridges and trestles, and through the charming local towns. If you start the trail at the eastern trailhead at Whitetop you’ll be able to enjoy a good section of downhill trail.
Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park
If you want some truly spectacular views while you ride, head to Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. The route is almost 49 miles long and has elevation changes, so it’s best for cyclists who know what they’re doing. If you head to the national park in spring the road is still closed to cars, so you won’t have to worry about traffic.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Also known as Bike Town, USA, Steamboat Springs, Colorado has many great biking trail options, all with incredible scenery. There’s over 500 miles of trails here, including three state parks that offer fantastic trails with views of lakes, forests, and meadows. There’s even the Steamboat Mountain Bike Park which also has 50 miles of bike trails to explore.
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