Rail-Trail Biking Circuit 2019

Rail-Trail Circuit 2019

Circuit Coordinator

Arlene Teague, (arlene.teague@gmail.com 828-443-0279)

The focus of this circuit will be to ride our bikes as much as possible on trails dedicated as multi-use trails. The circuit will be limited to those who plan to bike as some of the parking locations have limited space. For the most part, these trails are a conversion of a railway track no longer used for trains and therefor are relatively flat. Several of the trails have made it to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame. The circuit does include some greenways and other non-rail trails, which could add some difficulty with grades. Mileage will range from 20 to 60 miles a day, so start those wheels rolling!! We will begin in OH on the Little Miami Scenic Trail, then head west to pick up the Katy Trail across MO. In IA, we bike the Wabash Trace Nature Trail and then onto the Mickelson Trail in SD. Our time in SD will align with the Spring Volksmarch at Crazy Horse, so we will park our bikes and hike those 2 days. The circuit will continue through Wyoming to see Devils Tower and then through Montana for those who want to catch up with the West/Northwest Summer Circuit in Missoula, MT. We will continue to bike as opportunities to do so exist.

Arlene Teague, (arlene.teague@gmail.com 828-443-0279) will coordinate the circuit and will host the first location. Please contact Arlene directly if you wish to join this circuit. You will be expected to host. Please pay special attention to the parking locations and make reservations where they are recommended after contacting the coordinator first.


Dayton, OH

April 16, 2019 to April 21, 2019
Activity Ideas

Biking the northern part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be the focus of this stop, along with many other trails in the area. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is over 78 miles from the outskirts of Cincinnati to Springfield, it is a Rail-Trail with asphalt and concrete surfaces.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2801 Old Troy Pike, Dayton, OH. (937) 236-7560

Directions and Other Information

Take Exit 56 from I-75N and turn right onto Stanley Ave. Turn left onto Troy St, the Elks Lodge will be on the left in 1 mile. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.79859, W84.15897Click on link to see Google Map


Richmond, IN

April 21, 2019 to April 24, 2019
Hosts

Carol Petty 509 521-1242

Activity Ideas

Biking the Cardinal Greenway, which is the longest rail-trail in Indiana at over 61 miles with an asphalt base from Richmond to Marion. There is a on-road route for 11.3 miles between Jonesboro to Gaston.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 2100 U.S. Hwy 27 S, Richmond, IN (765) 966-0952

Directions and Other Information

From US-40 W, turn left onto Garwood Rd, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Hodgin Rd, go 2.6mi and turn left onto US-27S/S 8th St, go 1.3mi and turn right and arrive at Elks Lodge. $10 donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.79842, W84.89373Click on link to see Google Map


Indianapolis, IN

April 24, 2019 to April 28, 2019
Activity Ideas

Biking the Monon Trail, which is 23 miles, with an asphalt base. This is an urban trail with art work along the way and some residential areas. Other activities include visits/tours to the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, Indiana War Memorial, Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum – Soldiers & Sailors Monument, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indiana State Capitol, Central Canal.

Parking Location

Speedway Moose Lodge, 4917 W. Vermont St, Indianapolis, IN (317) 244-6183

Directions and Other Information

From I-70W, take Exit 77 and turn right onto Holt Rd, go .7mi and turn left onto Rockville Rd, go .5mi and turn right onto Gasoline Alley, go .6mi and turn left onto W Vermont St, arrive at Speedway Moose Lodge on the left. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N39.771939, W86.243463Click on link to see Google Map


St. Louis/Wildwood, MO

April 28, 2019 to May 2, 2019
Hosts

Randy Rydberg 520 450-8947

Activity Ideas

We will bike segments of the Katy Trail, which spans 240 miles of Missouri, and is the longest continuous rail-trail in the US. It intersects with rural farmland, scenic small towns and centers of commerce and government across Missouri. The surface is crushed stone and gravel. Other activities include a visit the Gateway to the West. Take a ride up in the Arch and look out over the city. Many attractions are FREE, including Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch, St Louis Zoo, History, Science and Art Centers, Cahokia Indian Mounds State Historic Site and tours of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Grant’s Farm.

Parking Location

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, 800 Guy Park Drive, Wildwood, MO 63005; 636-458-3813

Directions and Other Information

From Wildwood, MO go north on Hwy 109. Turn left on Babler Park Dr. Turn left into Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.
$23/elec, $13/basic; dump station and water; no arrival before 3:00 p.m. Reservations recommended

GPS Coordinates

N38.617794, W90.679467Click on link to see Google Map


Jefferson City, MO

May 2, 2019 to May 6, 2019
Hosts

Mary Graves 414 536-7866

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #513, 901 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City (573) 636-9533, $10/night donation.

Directions and Other Information

From US-50 W take the Eastland Drive exit, turn left onto Eastland Dr for 2.3 miles. There is only one electrical hookup, but they have plenty of area for dry camping, upper and lower lots. This lodge has dinners on Thursday and Friday night that are reasonably priced – and dancing on Saturday evening. If possible, the coordinator or host of this site should call the Club Manager, Barb at (573) 636-9533, the day before arrival, with an approximate number of campers and an approximate number for dinners.

GPS Coordinates

N 38.551254, W92.183965Click on link to see Google Map


Boonville, MO

May 6, 2019 to May 9, 2019
Hosts

Larry Shew 360 701-3016

Activity Ideas

We will continue to bike segments of the Katy Trail, which at this point leaves the Missouri River and heads southwest. The Katy Depot and Caboose is located here. Other activities include exploring Boonville’s rich history by touring the local mansions or taking the self-guided walking tour. Visit the Budweiser Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch.

Parking Location

Isle of Capri Casino, 100 Isle of Capri Blvd, Boonville, MO

Directions and Other Information

From I-70W take Exit 106 and turn right onto MO-87N, go 4.1mi and turn left onto E Morgan St, go .3mi and turn right onto 2nd St/Isle of Capri Blvd and arrive at Isle of Capri Casino. Free Parking.

GPS Coordinates

N38.97685, W92.74947Click on link to see Google Map


Sedalia, MO

May 9, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Activity Ideas

We will finish the last segments of the Katy Trail, and possibly the Rock Island Spur Trail that heads to Pleasant Hill. Sedalia has antique stores, flea markets and wineries for other activity options.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 119 Winchester Rd, Sedalia, MO (660) 826-6631

Directions and Other Information

From US-65 S, turn right onto Liberty Park Blvd, take an immediate right onto Dundee Ave, go .2mi and turn left onto W Main St, go 1mi and turn left onto Winchester Dr, arrive at Moose Lodge on the left. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N38.71231, W93.26881Click on link to see Google Map


Kansas City, MO

May 12, 2019 to May 17, 2019
Hosts

Randy Rydberg 520 450-8947

Activity Ideas

There are several bike trails in Kansas City, including the Tomahawk Creek, Indian Creek, and Gary Haller Trails. These trails range in distance from 12 to 26 miles. In addition, Kansas City has many fountains, sculptures and is famous for Kansas City Barbecue and Steak. Visit Fort Osage, a Trading Post built in 1808, the River Market Area, the Arabia Steamboat Museum (a ship found in a corn field), and Independence, MO home of Harry Truman and the National Frontier Trails Museum. There is an American Jazz Museum and Harley Davidson Tour. Visit Lewis and Clark State Park, Weston Bend, Independence Creek, and Atchison, KS birthplace of Amelia Earhart (trolley tour and museum here).

Parking Location

Ameristar Casino, 3200 N. Ameristar Drive, Kansas City MO. (816) 414-7000

Directions and Other Information

From I-435N, take exit 55B and merge onto MO-210E, go 1.1mi and turn right onto North Ameristar Dr, go .2mi and turn right to arrive at the Casino. Free Parking

GPS Coordinates

N39.1505235, W94.4869933Click on link to see Google Map


Council Bluffs, IA

May 17, 2019 to May 20, 2019
Activity Ideas

We will bike the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, which is a Rail-Trail, 63 miles long and has asphalt, concrete and crushed limestone surfaces. This Hall of Fame rail-trail, the Wabash Trace Nature Trail earns its title—providing an amazing trip through the rural forests and countryside of southwest Iowa. The trail takes you on a 62.6-mile journey from Council Bluffs all the way to the Iowa–Missouri border in Blanchard, Iowa. Other points of interest include the Western Historic Trails Center, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and the RailsWest Railroad Museum.

Parking Location

Ameristar Casino, 2200 River Road, Council Bluffs, IA

Directions and Other Information

From I-435 W, keep right to stay on I-29 N, following signs for Sioux City, go 1mi take exit 52 and turn right onto Nebraska Ave, go .2mi and continue straight onto River Rd, go .2 mi and turn left into the Casino. Free parking.

GPS Coordinates

N41.24343, W95.90991Click on link to see Google Map


Sioux Falls, SD

May 20, 2019 to May 23, 2019
Hosts

Mary Graves 414 536-7866

Activity Ideas

We will bike the Sioux Falls Bike Trails, which a Rail-Trail and has an asphalt surface. Also known at the Sioux Falls River Greenway, the trail forms a loop of nearly 30 miles of paved, multi-use pathways that link many of the city’s parks and green spaces. Much of the trail runs adjacent to Big Sioux River, which encircles the city. Other activities include Sioux Falls Park with a view to the city’s namesake Falls and see the remains of the 7 story Queen Bee Mill, a grain mill built in 1878 by Richard Pettigrew. Visit the Butterfly House & Aquarium to see over 800 free-flying butterflies or the Great Plains Zoo to see over 1000 animals.

Parking Location

Grand Falls Casino, 1415 Grand Falls Blvd, Larchwood, IA 712-777-7777

Directions and Other Information

From SD-11N, turn right onto 276th St, go 7.1mi and turn left onto Beech Ave, go 6.1mi and turn left onto IA-9W, go 1.2mi and turn right onto Grand Falls Blvd and arrive at Casino. Dry Camp parking is in the main parking lot.

GPS Coordinates

N43.49854, W96.50314Click on link to see Google Map


Murdo, SD

May 23, 2019 to May 24, 2019
Activity Ideas

This is an overnight stop. The Pioneer Auto Museu is located just next door to the Pilot Travel Center.

Parking Location

Pilot Travel Center, 601 E 5th St, Murdo, SD (605) 669-2465. The American RV Park has dry camping available for $25 and is also right off the interstate. Other possible O/N stays include the parking area near Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD.

Directions and Other Information

From I-90 W, take exit 192 and turn right onto I-90BUS W, arrive at Pilot Travel Center on the right. Free parking.

GPS Coordinates

N43.88601, W100.70467Click on link to see Google Map


Rapid City, SD

May 24, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Activity Ideas

Biking will include the Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway which is an 8 mile trail that has an asphalt surface. The Elks Lodge in Rapid City is a very active lodge with a golf course. We will take advantage of this location to visit Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills of SD, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 3333 Jolly Lane, Rapid City, SD (605) 393-1187

Directions and Other Information

From I-90W, take Exit 61 toward SD-79S, go .2mi and keep left following signs for US 16/SD-79S, go 450 ft and continue onto SD-79S/N Elk Vale Rd, go 2.8mi and take the SD-44 exit toward Rapid City, go .3mi turn right onto SD-44E, go .8mi and turn right onto Jolly Ln, go .5mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. There are 10 sites with electric and unlimited dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N44.05216, W103.1531Click on link to see Google Map


Custer, SD

May 30, 2019 to June 4, 2019
Hosts

Co-Host Randy Rydberg 520 450-8947

Activity Ideas

A must do will be the Crazy Horse Spring Volksmarch (an organized hike), which is a 10K (6.2-mile) woodlands ramble to the world’s largest Mountain Carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. The hike will be on both June 1st and 2nd. We will bike segments of the George S Mickelson Trail, a 109 mile Rail-Trail with a crushed stone surface. This trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont , and has nearly 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 tunnels, and much of it traverses national forest. Other adventures include a visit to the Wind Cave National Park and the Jewel Cave National Monument.

Parking Location

Oreville CG, Black Hills NF, 24462 US-385, Custer, SD (605) 574-4402 **Additional camping at Comanche Park Campground, Hwy 16, Custer, SD. GPS for Comanche is 43.73498, -103.71186

Directions and Other Information

From US-16W, turn left onto US-16W/US-385S/E Main St, go 3/6mi and turn left onto Railroad Ave/Walnut Ave, go .6mi and turn left onto US16W/US-385S/Main St, go 4.5mi and turn left onto FR 592 into the Oreville CG. $20 for non-electric site, Sr. Pass applies for discount. Reservations recommended.

GPS Coordinates

N43.87808, W103.61191Click on link to see Google Map


Moorcroft, WY

June 4, 2019 to June 6, 2019
Activity Ideas

Take a hike in Devils Tower National Monument or view the tower at night.

Parking Location

Rangeland Court Motel and RV Park, 108 N Yellowstone Ave, Moorcroft, WY (307) 756-3595

Directions and Other Information

From US-16W, turn right onto N Yellowstone Ave, arrive at Rangeland Court Motel and RV Park on the left. The rate is $25, senior and military discounts available. There are also RV sites available via reservations at Devils Tower for $20 and the Sr. Pass discount applies. Reservations recommended.

GPS Coordinates

N44.26407, W104.95053Click on link to see Google Map


Billings, MT

June 6, 2019 to June 12, 2019
Activity Ideas

There are a few rail trails and greenways in Billings that we can bike that will be about a 20 mile out and back ride. These will include the Jim Dutcher Trail, the Swords Park Trail, and the Alkali Creek Trail. Other adventures include a trip to the Pictograph Cave SP to see the caves and pictographs carved there over 2100 years ago. Tour the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Custer Battlefield Memorial, and/or Western Heritage Museum. Lots of other opportunities to explore in this area.

Parking Location

Moose Lodge, 131 Calhoun Lane, Billings, MT (406) 245-4991

Directions and Other Information

From I-90W, take exit 450 and turn right onto MT-3N/S 27th St, go .2mi and turn left onto State Ave, go 1.9mi and turn left onto Underpass Ave, the take an immediate left onto Calhoun Lane, then an immediate left into the Moose Lodge. Note, Google directs you to turn on Orchard Lane, do not take Orchard, continue to Underpass Ave. Donation.

GPS Coordinates

N45.7671, W108.52853Click on link to see Google Map


Red Lodge, MT

June 12, 2019 to June 16, 2019
Activity Ideas

Hiking, site seeing along the Beartooth Highway, visit town of Red Lodge

Parking Location

National Forest – primitive site will accommodate only 10-15 rigs.

Directions and Other Information

US-212, approximately 10 mi S of Red Lodge to MM 59. Turn is marked as Lions Camp & Lake Fork Trail. After turning, you can see FR-2346 sign, go over a bridge, go about 200′, Turn Left across creek bridge.

GPS Coordinates

N45.081976, W109.377801Click on link to see Google Map


Livingston, MT

June 16, 2019 to June 21, 2019
Activity Ideas

Hiking, Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Train Depot, Chico Hot Springs, Museum of the Rockies, and possible kayaking on the Yellowstone River.

Parking Location

Park County Fairgrounds, 46 View Vista Dr, Livingston, MT

Directions and Other Information

From I-90, take Exit 337 for I-90 BUS toward Livingston, go .2mi and turn left onto I-90BL, go 2.8mi and turn left onto North H St., go .5mi and turn right onto View Vista Dr and arrive at the Fairgrounds.

GPS Coordinates

N45.660191, W110.5479577Click on link to see Google Map


Bozeman, MT

June 21, 2019 to June 27, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit the Museum of the Rockies for all things dinosaur, there is also the American Computer Museum where you can see how they began. Hike to Palisade Falls, take a walking tour of downtown Bozeman, visit the Montana Grizzly Encounter, go river rafting, hike the Grotto Falls Trail or any number of other trails in the area.

Parking Location

Langohr Campground, Hyalite Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT (406) 522-2520

Directions and Other Information

From I-90 W, take Exit 313 and turn left onto Moffit Gulch Rd, go 4.2mi and turn left onto Sourdough Rd, go 1.6mi and turn right onto Goldenstein Lane, to 2mi and turn left onto S 19th Ave, go 4 mi and turn left onto Hyalite Canyon Road. Go 5.9 miles on Hyalite Canyon Road and the Langohr CG will be on your right. There are 19 sites, 4 are pull thrus, with tables, fire rings, water spigots, vault toilets, and trash pickup. $15/night, S/A Pass 1/2. The campground roads are paved, and the pads are paved or gravel. Most of the sites are in open meadows along Hyalite creek, some are shaded. Many sites are 45′. 1/2 of the sites are reservable. For reservations go to www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. 6,200′ elevation. No cell service.

Additional parking 0.8 mi from the Langohr CG, Abbott Camp is on the right (W) side in an open area beside Hyalite Creek, between MM 6 & 7. GPS Coordinates: 45.52196, -111.01055. There are dispersed sites designated by signposts and fire rings. Free. Large rigs are OK. You will need blocking/jacks to get level.

Dump and rinse water free at Town Pump, 1871 Baxter Lane, (406) 404-1636. From I-90 take exit 305, go 1 mi south on 19th St, turn left on Baxter Lane. Large rig easy in/out. Dump and rinse water free at Town Pump, 29001 Norris Road, (406) 587-0163. 7 miles west of town on US-191, continue straight onto SR-84/Norris Rd. Dump and rinse water free w/fill-up at Conoco Convenience Store, 1417 N. 7th Ave., (406) 587-0651. From I-90 take exit 306, go 0.2 mile south on US-10/7th Ave. The Conoco is across from Walmart. Traffic can be heavy with difficult access, check before pulling rig in. Dump $5 at Sunrise RV Park near I-90 and exit 309, follow the frontage road east.

GPS Coordinates

45.5336374 -111.0150486Click on link to see Google Map


Townsend, MT

June 27, 2019 to July 2, 2019
Activity Ideas

Enjoy the water, fishing or swimming. Take a tour on the Canyon Ferry Dam, visit the Charlie Russell gallery, Historical Society, and the Montana State Capitol.

Parking Location

Canyon Ferry Lake, Silos CG., Off Silos Rd, Townsend, MT

Directions and Other Information

Campground is 7 miles north of Townsend on US-287. Turn right on Silos Road. Go 1 mile, turn right (across from Canyon Ferry Airport, just past Cactus Ln.). CG is 400’ on left. $5 w/senior pass. It is best to use the directions or GPS Coordinates.

GPS Coordinates

N46.40925, W111.57534Click on link to see Google Map