GORP.com has posted a nice little article that will be of interest to anyone who is looking to take in the Fall colors. They list the Top 10 Rail-Trails for Fall Foliage. With the crisp air moving in, and the fall colors taking center stage, I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than a long leisurely train ride with brilliant scenery.
Amongst their suggestions are Galloping Goose Trail, Colorado, which is a 20 mile long trail through the Rocky Mountains, accented with aspen trees. The Carrabassett River Trail in Maine gets high marks for it’s mix of aspens and maples set along a 6.6 mile trail near Sugarloaf. For the Midwesterners, they recommend the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Minnesota, which features wondrous fall colors along the banks of 21 lakes spread out across the 110 mile trail.
Friends of mine back in the Midwest tell me that the leaves have already begun to change this year, and that there won’t be many more days of these fiery reds and golden yellows to take in. There was a train ride like one of these near where I lived in Iowa, and it was always a nice way to take in the sites on a warm fall day. The ride was quite relaxed, with snacks and drinks and lovely sites everywhere. It’s not quite the same as actually hiking a trail, but still a great way to experience the season.
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