Top Rail Trails to Explore by Electric Bike
As electric bikes gain in popularity, you’re likely to see ongoing developments in rules around where, when and how fast you can ride. Regulations may depend on the state or who runs the land where the trail is located. Some states are separating e-bikes into three classes, depending on speed and type of motor, and drafting legislation at the class level. Fortunately, there are many former railroad lines that have been converted into paved, multi-use paths by the Rails to Trails Conservancy that allow riders to use e-bikes. These are wonderful trails in their own right, but also combine much of our U.S. heritage with a chance to see railroad artifacts and understand the paths those in yesteryear followed. Here are a few recommended rail trails to check out with your e-bike from around the country.
1. Cape Cod Rail Trail, Massachusetts
The Cape may be known as a summer resort paradise, but there’s more to do than just boating and swimming. At 22-miles long, this paved route has few hills and well-marked automobile crossings which make it accessible to riders of many levels. Keep an eye out for old railroad relics as you ride along this path.
2. Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, South Carolina
Located in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, this trail is nearly 20 miles of flat and enjoyable riding. The trail connects the towns of Greenville and Travelers Rest and has plenty of amenities, such as grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, along the way. On this path, you can explore waterfalls, forests and wetlands.
3. Rio Grande Trail, Colorado
This trail runs through the natural beauty of Colorado, allowing for stunning views of rivers, trees, wildlife and mountains. The former railroad is now a 42-mile, mostly paved, multi-use path. Currently, there are some restrictions on e-bike use, but you should be able to ride between Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs and Emma Road in Basalt.
4. Shelby Farms Greenline, Tennessee
This trail is a great way to escape the city and get out to the countryside. Paved and mostly level, this path offers a shady, easy 10.65-mile ride from Memphis to Cordoba. The highlight on this trail is Shelby Farms, a 4,500-acre park with a wide-range of family-friendly activities and wildlife. Most motorized vehicles are prohibited from the Greenline, but electric wheelchairs and bicycles are allowed.
Given the evolving regulatory environment, it’s a good idea to double check websites or call the park to verify that the trail allows e-bikes before you go. When you’re on the path, always obey the signs that state where you can bike or how fast you can go. No matter what path you choose, E-Lux Electric Bikes has a wide range of bikes that can give you a smooth, safe and pleasant ride. One of our knowledgeable staff members can help you find the right electric bike to suit your needs, goals and budget. Give us a call at 949-440-1967 or arrange a demonstration at your local dealership fill out our easy online contact form.