Hi! I'm Dave. I ride rail trails all over Appalachia and the northeast United States, especially throughout the coal mining region.
In the 19th and early 20th century, railroads were the lifeblood of industry and transportation. As the 20th century progressed, many of those railroads -- and the industries they served -- collapsed, leaving a network of easements, bridges, and tunnels behind.
Today, more and more communities are reclaiming these abandoned or disused lines. Rail trails bring cyclists, hikers, and runners to town. Abandoned factories are being reborn as brewpubs. Company stores are reopening as B&Bs. Vacant downtowns are blossoming with restaurants, bike shops, and storefronts.
I started Appalachian Rail Trails to share my adventures on rail trails with others. When I'm not pedaling, I'm writing about coffee roasters, craft breweries, coal mine tours, and everything else that makes Appalachia unique!