The 2017 Opening Day for Trails is on Saturday, April 8!

This year marks RTC’s fifth annual Opening Day for Trails! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, people across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event.


Share how you plan to celebrate and explore trails on Opening Day with us and your friends on social media using #RTCOpeningDay!

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Last year, Opening Day grew to include more than 20,000 trail lovers of every variety—but we believe this year’s celebration can be even bigger! Help us make 2017’s Opening Day the largest and most fun ever by taking the pledge to get out on the trail! You’ll have an amazing time—and you’ll be entered to win a special giveaway! Terms and conditions apply.

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Save the Date


Mark Opening Day for Trails—Saturday, April 8—on your calendar using these helpful links.

Event Promotion Toolkit


We want your 2017 Opening Day for Trails event to be great, so we’ve provided some event promotion templates and graphics that you can use. The toolkit includes flyers (pdf), email headers (Constant Contact and MailChimp), event listing headers (Meetup and Eventbrite), Facebook graphics (cover photo, event header and Facebook post), Instagram graphic and Twitter graphics (cover photo and Twitter post).

Event Planning Toolkit

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Opening Day 2016 Recap: DC Celebrates Future Northeast Trail Connection

You can’t beat a spring day in the nation’s capital. Sun came streaming over the Capitol dome early on Saturday and illuminated Kingman Island, the site of Washington, D.C.’s 2016 Opening Day for Trails celebration. The island, which rests in the Anacostia River, was soon overflowing with trail lovers ready to pitch in. And just like baseball’s Opening Day each spring, the excitement was palpable.