An ivy-cloaked tree grows between the rails of an abandoned rail right-of-way, now state owned, near Queen Anne.

“The forgotten outdoorsmen of today are those who like to walk, hike, ride horseback or bicycle. … for them we must have trails.” — Message to Congress from Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, said to be inspired by his wife, Lady Bird.

I’ve spent much of my life paddling the Chesapeake Bay and its far-flung tributaries, but more recently I’ve derived equal enjoyment from pedaling the bay, following a growing network of blissfully car-free trails throughout its six-state watershed.

Tom Horton, a Bay Journal columnist, has written many articles and books about the Chesapeake Bay. This article was distributed by Bay Journal News Service.

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