An update on my post about the longest paved bike trail or path for inline skating in the US. This is always difficult because the criteria can be managed so that a trail is “the longest” by including connections or out-and-back routing or other. Perhaps the longest is in Minnesota, which has many excellent trails, as noted by MN Trails' website. If I had to say which paved trail is the longest at this point, I’d say the Paul Bunyan trail (or see here for up-to-date distances) because it has a continuous, point-to-point distance of what will be 120 miles…but the exception is 2 miles of on-road connections in Bemidji means that right now it’s 105 continuous miles or with the connection 114 miles. I like the inline skater on the first page of its website, so it gets a nod in part for that.
The Lake Wobegon trail with the Central Lakes trail lists 103.7 miles of continuous point-to-point trail All these trails have spurs and connections, perhaps the longest “network” of paved trails is in Ohio (the Miami Valley rail trails) with a total of 339 miles of trails, many of which are connected in a spidery web.
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This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.