Rail 66 Country Trail Guidelines
Our guidelines for the trail are meant to preserve it for years to come.  If all abide by these simple guidelines, we will ensure that nature is protected and that all persons can use the trail safely – every season.

No Motorized Vehicles
The Rail 66 Country Trail does not allow motorized vehicles. The reason is that the trail was purchased and developed by private donations and grants and is covered by liability insurance that prohibits the use of motorized vehicles.  ATV, dirt bike, snowmobile  and equine use raise liability issues that insurers are unwilling to accept and grants prohibit.

Motorized recreational vehicles are not conducive to the safety of our ever-growing number of trail users because of speed and the narrowness of the corridor.  Motorized vehicles and horses pose a serious safety hazard to pedestrians, children on bicycles and in strollers and the general cycling community and degrade the trail surface.

Accommodating motorized vehicles would require two trails divided by a safety barrier.  The Rail 66 property is too narrow to construct two separate trails.  Restricting motorized vehicle use will be strictly enforced.

Handicap Accessibility
Rail 66 is wheel chair accessible at several locations along the trail.  The trail is also good for those who would like an easier, flatter walk than most backcountry trails provide. The original 4 mile section of the trail in Knox Twp. is an uneven tar and chip surface.  Funds are being raised to pave this section in the near future.

Access Sites

  • Marianne parking lot, Rt 322
  • Lucinda Train Station, Lucinda
  • Farmington Twp Park, Leeper (currently under construction).

General Safety
Pedestrians have the right-of-way.  Helmets are recommended for biking.  Children under age 12 are required by law to wear a helmet. During hunting season use extra caution and wear fluorescent clothing.  When reporting an emergency, refer to the mile markers on the trail.

Respecting Private Property
Please stay on the trail.  The land around the trail is privately owned.


  • Horses are not permitted on the trail.
  • Dogs must be walked on a leash and owners must clean up their waste.

Carry In/Carry Out
Please do not leave garbage on the trail.  It is our volunteers that must clean the trail.  Please use designated garbage containers.

Be considerate of others 

  • Remember that people enjoy the trail in many ways: some hike, some run, some meander at half a mile per hour. The trail is a shared resource. Treat everyone with respect.
  • Please do not play loud music on the trail.
  • Keep to the right, pass on the left.
  • Give an audible signal when passing other trail users.

Winter Weather Activities
The trail turns into a winter wonderland for cross country skiing, snow shoeing or walking.


Electric wheelchairs and similar electric vehicles for the handicapped are allowed.  Wheelchairs and bicycles with electric assist are limited to 750 watt motors.

E-Bikes are allowed but must:

  1. Have motors not exceeding 750 watts and weighing no more than 75 pounds
  2. Do not exceed 15 mph
  3. Have fully functioning, operable pedals
  4. E-Bikes must be propelled by pedaling
  5. Riders under the age of 16 are not permitted on E-Bikes on the trail