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If you'd like to read more about these Hall of Fame rail-trails, you can find a full story for each trail online in the Trail of the Month archives.


A Hall of Fame View

n 2007, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) began recognizing exemplary rail-trails around the country as part of the
Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. We started with a pool of more than 1,600 rail-trails, touching all 50 states and nearly every environment—from downtown urban corridors to pathways stretching across wide-open prairie, along coastlines or through mountain ranges. These rail-trails represent pioneers of the movement; they inspired trail development across the nation, or they've revolutionized how trails can impact communities along their route.

Using advice from local experts in the field and our own 25 years of organizational experience, we've selected inductees on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical signifi cance, excellence in management and maintenance, community connections and geographic distribution.

So far, announced in no particular order, we've named 22 of the 25 rail-trails to fill the Hall of Fame. The program culminates this year to coincide with our 25th anniversary, so stay tuned for the final three inductees before the end of 2011.

Enjoy a slideshow of the Hall of Fame:

Read the complete article online:

 A Hall of Fame View (PDF/797KB)

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