Ballast Trails

The Kyoto Trail – Kiyotaki to Route-61

This segment of the Kyoto Trail has a bit of everything – river crossings, hill-climbs, secluded hamlets, Shinto shrines, history, great scenery. I commenced this hike at the J.R.Hozukyo Station, after a 20-minute train ride from Kyoto Station, then walked 2km to the trail proper. The forst 7km is along the banks of the Kiyotaki …

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The Kyoto Trail

There are two trails in ‘The Kyoto Trail’ and are both administered and maintained by the ‘Kyoto Alpine League’ and the ‘Kyoto Trail Association’. The first trail is a 70km (43-mile) part-circumnavigation of Kyoto City and the second, a 40km (24-mile) course around the settlement of Shuzan, about a 90-minute bus trip from Kyoto Station. …

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Daibutsu Railway Trail

This course follows the route the old Daibutsu Railway took. Commencing at the town of Kamo, this course is made-up of two parts – rural & suburban. It takes you past some of the relics of a bygone era. The line commenced service in 1898 and was closed in 1907, when a new line was …

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Deckers Creek Rail Trail

Decker’s Creek Rail Trail gains 1000 feet from Morgantown WV to Reedsville WV.  Since this is spread over 17 miles, it means you pedal, but not very hard.  Then coming down is a gentle coast downhill that is so worth the uphill effort.  I had the feeling of my bike going on it’s own, but …

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Great Allegheny Passage Trail

The Great Allegheny Passage trail is also known as the GAP. By combining the GAP with the C & O Canal Towpath trail, you’ll have almost 320 miles of trail… one way! It’s a long haul, no matter which direction you go. Before I rode the two trails, I had numerous people tell me that …

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Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail

The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. This rail-trail is one of Florida’s most rural. It runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Florida’s most canoed rivers, the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace. Landscapes include the natural environments …

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