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Five great paved rail trails in New England

In the early ’60s a small group of locals in southwestern Wisconsin decided to do something creative with their stretch of abandoned railroad. They opened a 32-mile thoroughfare between Elroy and Sparta and designated it a recreational path for bikers and walkers. More than 50 years later rail trails have become magnets for outdoor enthusiasts and
a focal point of urban renewal across the country.

Here are five of the best paved bike trails in New England. For the one nearest to you, visit the Rail-to-Trail Conservancy website at

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