Saturday, December 3, 2011

Trailsnet Trail Blog Has Moved

Your network of trails on the internet has moved… just slightly. We're still located at www.trailsnet.com, but we are now hosted by WordPress rather than Blogger. Among other changes, that means you will no longer be redirected to trailsnet.blogspot.com. That's the good news.
The bad news is that until I get the hang of how Wordpress works, there will be a lot of turmoil on the trailsnet website. The other bad news is that a lot of people who are linked and subscribed to this blog, will need to make the switch (please and sorry 'bout that) to the new WordPress site.
Trailsnet hearts trails and trail lovers.
I have to admit, there were a lot of things I liked about Blogger. It was actually quite a bit easier to build a functional and aesthetically pleasing blog on Blogger/Blogspot than on WordPress. But unfortunately, most of the major website hosting companies support WordPress and not Blogspot/Blogger. That meant that linking to the rest of the trailsnet site (locate trails by state, trail pages, etc.) was difficult & unreliable.
So please visit the new trailsnet blog and website and thank you for sticking with trailsnet throughout this tumultuous process. We plan to just keep getting better, adding new trails, and providing trail information to all you trail lovers.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Trailsnet named in Top 100 Camping Blogs

Backpack Challenge
Trailsnet nominated for top 100 Camping Blogs
Trailsnet has been nominated once again for a blog award. This time, we have been chosen as one of the top 100 Camping Blogs and are eligible to win the #1 Camping Blog award.


This is an especially big honor for us since our main focus is on trails and camping is just one portion of our blog content. So a big thank you goes out to JustBackPacksOnline for nominating us for this award. We know the competition is stiff, but we also know that trailsnet is an awesome outdoor website/blog.




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Monday, October 17, 2011

Big switch coming up

I would like to send a big thank you for those of you who are signed on to follow the trailsnet blog. I appreciate your support & following.
Like the good trail leaders that we are, we'll try to keep
you on track as we make the big switcheroo. Thanks for
your patience and persistence.
I will soon be switching the trailsnet blogspot blog over to WordPress. I'm not quite sure whether your RSS Feed (followship) will be switched over with the big swap. If I had to make a guess, I would say not. In fact, I'm worried that quite a few things will have to change, whether I like it or not.
But the change is a necessary one to keep (start) the blog and website running more smoothly since my website host works with WordPress but not Google (Blogspot/Blogger).
The favor I would like to ask of you is to continue following trailsnet, even if it means signing on w/ the WordPress feed. I want to keep the loyal trailsnet followers as we move into this new era at trailsnet.
There will be more information forthcoming. In fact, I've already written a WordPress blog entry explaining the 3-step process of transforming trailsnet.com.
As always, your comments about this issue are welcomed below.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

SmartTrail app.

Those wonderful outdoor folks in Boulder, CO are at it again. The people at Boulder Mountain Bikes are creating an app called SmartTrails to help users locate & navigate bike trails. The app will not only help you find a trail but will provide updated trail conditions, trail descriptions, and trail ratings.

There was a great story in the Boulder Daily Camera about the SmartTrails app. The developers are seeking a grant to help them get this worthwhile project off the ground. If you'd like to help them out and put them over the top, you can vote for their grant idea on the GOOD Boulder Fund website. It's easy to vote, doesn't cost you anything and helps support a good trail cause.

So far, the only problem I see w/ this app is that it's not quite available for iphone yet; but according to BMA rep. Andria, they are on top of it. In fact, they "have an iOS developer working in parallel..." What I think that means to us non-techie folks is that they are soon going to have an [iphone] app for that.


If you want more information about the app, you can drop an email to smarttrail@bouldermountainbike.org.

In the meantime, I'm curious what apps, GPS, or other trail-navigation devices you guys are using out there. Leave a comment below.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Great Biking Road in the Smoky Mountains

I finally found a road that I'd love to ride my bike on. Take a look at this video, and you'll see why.


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Trail Poll

Yes, government money should be used to build trails!!

100% of the people who responded to last month's poll agreed that tax dollars should be used to pay for some or all of trail funding.
Hopefully Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn is paying attention to our poll. Recently, he said he would refuse to support transportation funding if it included money for trails????

Our next poll is another yes or no answer: Have you ever hiked or biked on a National Scenic Trail?

Below is a list of our National Scenic Trails: (You can obtain a map of the National Trail System from the U.S Department of the Interior.)
mountain bikers on one
of America's great trails


And hopefully, someday we can add: Great Plains Scenic Trail

We'd love to hear about your experience on any of these trails. Please leave a comment below.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011


Bikes patiently waiting to be rented in Aspen, CO.

“Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”  - Elizabeth West

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trails Benefit Communities & Nation

According to recent articles in American Trail magazine, trails provide enormous benefits for communities, workers, and the nation in general.
Here are some important economic figures that relate to the benefits of trails:
hikers enjoying the trail

  • Active outdoor recreation generates $730 million to the economy each year.
  • Trails and other outdoor pursuits provide 6.5 million jobs annually.
  • There are 437 million recreational visits to Interior-managed lands.
  • One U.S. trail generated an estimated 80,000 trips w/ trail users spending $40.8 million.
  • Bicycle recreation supports more than $924 million in tourism.
  • Although the per capita annual cost of trail use is $209, per capita annual direct medical benefits was $564. This means that every dollar spent on trails provided $2.94 in direct medical benefit.
While one U.S. Senator is refusing to vote for highway funding as long as some of the money is going for trails, the opposite should be happening. In light of the figures presented above, and for numerous other reasons, the amount of trail funding in transportation apportionments should be increased. Unlike roads, trails:
  • are cheaper to build
  • are cheaper to maintain
  • provide more jobs per mile
  • provide health benefits
  • provide recreational opportunities
  • provide viable transportation options
  • are much more environmentally sustainable
If you haven't yet done so, contact your representative and urge them to fully fund all trail options in U.S. transportation funding. 

Coming up on the trailsnet blog:
  • Information about new active travel websites
  • Information about a possible huge format change for the trailsnet website
  • Information about new maps to be included on the trailsnet website
  • Information about the National Trails System

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

If you're looking for real adventure, check out the Great Himalaya Trail website.
By the way, I probably won't be doing this one. I'm out of breath just thinking about it.

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Photo Book

Click here to view this photo book larger


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ohio Is This Year's Trail State

View these great long-distance trails
 on the Ohio Bikeways website.
Ohio has incredible trails, and lots of them.

Thanks to an email from Ohio trail advocate, Pam, I recently became aware of the miles and miles of trails in Ohio. Pam directed me to the Ohio Bikeways website where I found not only a great trail resource, but also an area specifically devoted to long distance trails in Ohio. I believe this is the only website I know (besides trailsnet of course) that has a specific section just for long-distance trails.

Keeping in mind, only a couple states have trails that are over 100 miles long, Ohio has at least four trails that are slated to run over 100 miles; these trails are the Ohio to Erie Trail (325 miles),  the North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT) (270 miles), The Ohio & Erie Towpath trail (100 miles), and the Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway (100 miles). Most of these trails are not yet complete, but when they are, Ohio may well become the go-to destination for active travelers worldwide.

So thanks to Pam for alerting me to the wonderful network of trails in Ohio and thanks to the visionaries in Ohio for seeing the need for such trails and moving toward a true Trailtopia. Last year, trailsnet christened Wisconsin as the "Trail State of the Year." This year, we're casting our vote for Ohio. I can't wait to visit Ohio to ride its trails, meet its people, and enjoy the beautiful sights.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rollerpacking - Am I the last to hear about this?

Thanks to Everytrail user Ben, I recently found out about an awesome trail activity called Rollerpacking. It involves an overnight trail trip on inline skates. Basically, it's back-packing on inline skates. Of course, it requires a nice smooth paved trail, but there are plenty of those featured on trailsnet. (Just click on the "Locate Trails by State" link above.) I don't know about you, but that sounds like an awful lot of fun to me.

Most trailsnet trails are
great for inline skating.
Ben roller-bladed the Western Maryland Rail Trail which runs parallel to the C & O Canal Towpath trail. I have had the pleasure of riding my bike on both of those trails and thoroughly enjoyed them. Now I want to go back and try them on inline skates, a recumbent, a Trikke...

I appreciated Ben sharing information about his roller-packing trip. He reminded me of the much-appreciated snowcone stand near the trail in Hancock, Maryland. He also reminded me of how many trails are located in the Washington D.C./Maryland area. From the C & O trail, riders can access the Capitol Crescent trail, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, The Mount Vernon Trail, and the world famed Appalachian Trail. So thanks to Ben and to all of you who send me your trail stories whether by blog comments (preferred method), email, or Everytrail contacts.

I'm soon going to be publishing my fall foliage trail recommendations. I'd appreciate hearing from any of you who have suggestions for fall color trails. Feel free to leave a comment with your recommendation. And if you haven't signed up to "Follow" trailsnet, please do so in the column to the right.

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