Favorite historic trails to hike or bike

Mile Marker on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Presented below are my eleven favorite “historic” hiking and biking trails that have been visited thus far in the United States. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County, Michigan is my personal favorite, though each of these trails are interesting in the their own right. A website link for each trail is provided.

Restored kiln along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

The Appalachian and North Country National Trails are not included because they are identified as “scenic” trails instead of “heritage” or “historic” trails. Regardless, you are bound to find both history and scenery along either. As other historic hiking/biking trails are visited they will be added to the list. 

Kiosk with information and wayfinding on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

1. Iron Ore Heritage Trail – Marquette County, Michigan = 47 miles

2. San Antonio Mission National Historical Park Trail – San Antonio, Texas = 15.1 miles

3. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Trail – Maryland and District of Columbia = 184.5 miles

4. Ohio & Erie Canalway – Northeast Ohio = 110 miles upon full completion

5. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor – across Upstate New York from Buffalo to Albany = 365 miles

6. Juan Bautista Anza National Historic Trail  – Arizona and California = 1,210 miles

7. Oregon National Historic Trail – Missouri to Oregon = 2,170 miles

8. Central Canal Towpath – Indianapolis, Indiana = 10.5 miles

9. Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail – Leelanau County, Michigan = 27 miles upon full completion

10. Illinois & Michigan Canal Towpath – Northern Illinois = 79.5 miles

11. Wabash Heritage Trail – Tippecanoe County, Indiana = 13 miles

San Antonio Mission Trail – Source: texasbeyondhistory.net

If these trails interest you, here are a few resources that are available through Amazon.com*

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