Trails add value to our lives in so many ways—increasing our mobility, improving our health, spurring economic development and job creation, protecting our environment and creating powerful connections within, to and across communities.
The incredible impact of trails is demonstrated in the way that they inspire movement and create myriad opportunities for development and revitalization—in the smallest neighborhoods and largest cities—while making it possible for people of all ages and abilities to safely get where they need to go—without relying on automobiles.Learn More
What We Do
We help communities meet the dynamic challenges of trail development for the creation of successful multi-use pathways.
We work with communities large and small to ensure the creation of valuable—and valued—public assets.
We steadfastly advocate for state and federal policies and funding programs that make trail development and walking/biking infrastructure possible.
Recognizing and highlighting excellent trails—and the people who make them possible—is part of our daily work.
We collaborate with a diverse range of partners to make vibrant trails and regional trail networks a reality.
The nation’s foremost nonprofit advocate for rail-trails, we continuously work to create and protect the legal structures that make them possible.
RTC leads the implementation of cutting-edge research exploring the impact of trail use and walking/biking infrastructure.
To date, we’ve mapped more than 25,000 miles of trails and trail amenities through our national Geographic Information system (GIS).
Our commitment to supporting local communities is driven by the knowledge that trails have the power to change and impact lives.
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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.Learn More
Recent News from the TrailBlog
Following a devastating landslide in Washington State’s Stillaguamish Valley, the unfinished 27-mile Whitehorse Trail is becoming a rallying point for local communities across the region, who are rising from the ashes to reclaim their pride—and their prosperity.
The Virginia Creeper, which runs 34 miles through Grayson and Washington counties in Virginia’s southwest, is one of the region’s most prominent recreational draws and is credited for the economic rejuvenation of a number of local communities…