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Michigan's 47-mile Iron Ore Heritage Trail
Michigan's in-progress 47-mile Iron Ore Heritage Trail shows off the Marquette Iron Range, which is steeped in 160 years of mining and railroad history. Relics along the way include mining shafts, forges, furnaces and other great historical structures. Photo by Ali Fulsher—the 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Photo Contest.
September 2016 - Pennsylvania and Maryland's Great Allegheny Passage
One of America's most well-known biking trails, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage spans from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cumberland, Md., tracing the paths of railroads and historical events that shaped America. The trail also connects to the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 184-mile route to Washington, D.C. This trail was inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2007.
August 2016 - Heritage Rail Trail County Park and Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail
Inducted into RTC's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2015, the 24.9-mile Heritage Rail Trail County Park and the 19.5-mile Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (in this featured wallpaper) boast a rich Civil War history. President Lincoln traveled the corridor to deliver his 1863 Gettysburg Address, and after his assassination (2015 marked the 150th anniversary), his funeral train would follow this line to Springfield, Illinois. Today, the two rail-trails blend seamlessly across the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line.
July 2016 - Washington's John Wayne Pioneer Trail
The 2536-mile John Wayne Pioneer Trail is the longest rail-trail conversion in the country and one of the most rugged and remote, traversing a variety of landscapes that capture the beauty and austerity of Washington State. Its mountains, forests, farmland, hills, canyons and rivers are sights to behold for those seeking serenity and solitude.
June 2016 - Missouri's Katy Trail
At nearly 238 miles, the Katy Trail State Park is one of the nation's longest rail-trail projects, spanning most of the width of Missouri and passing through some of the state's most scenic areas. The trail also lays claim to a portion of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail. This trail was the 2007 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee.
May 2016 - Wisconsin's Elroy-Sparta State Trail
First marked for conversion in 1965, Wisconsin's 32-mile Elroy-Sparta State Trail is widely acknowledged to be the oldest rail-trail in America and remains one of the most popular. Its beautiful scenery, century-old tunnels and quaint communities draw tens of thousands of cyclists each year. This trail was the 2008 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee.
April 2016 - Georgia and Alabama's Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails
Spanning 94.5 miles from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama, the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails, helped set the stage for rail-trail development in the South in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Together they compose one of the longest paved pedestrian paths in the country. These trails were 2009 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductees.
March 2016 - Arizona's 5.5-mile Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail
At 5,300 feet above sea level, with cool breezes tempered by hot sunshine, Prescott, Arizona is an ideal place for trail trips in the late winter and spring. Join us on the Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail, a 2010 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee.
February 2016 - New York's 1.5-mile High Line
A bit of creative inspiration overtook us this month as we prepared February's wallpaper! These LEGO® minifigures are enjoying a brisk walk on New York City's famous High Line, a 2011 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee.
January 2016 - The 42-mile Rio Grande Trail
The Rio Grande Trail offers beautiful views of the Colorado mountains as it stretches south along the Roaring Fork River and Route 82 from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale and then east along Route 82 to Aspen. In Glenwood, the trail also connects to the equally awesome Glenwood Canyon Bike and Pedestrian Path.
December 2015 - The 61-mile Illinois Prairie Path
One of the country’s first rail-trail conversions—and the sixth inductee into RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame—the 61-mile Illinois Prairie Path consists of five connected segments boasting lively commercial districts, historical displays, lush forests, rural scenery and abundant connections to nature.
Special Edition: Thanksgiving 2015 - Michigan's 47-mile Iron Ore Heritage Trail
As a special thank you to our members and supporters this Thanksgiving holiday, we encourage you to download our free wallpaper—and be reminded every day how trails move you! This year's image is of Michigan's 47-mile Iron Ore Heritage Trail by Ali Fulsher--the 2015 Grand Prize winner of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Photo Contest.
November 2015 - Michigan's 34.5-mile Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park
The Fall foliage in Michigan is hard to top, especially along the 34.5-mile Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park between lively Kalamazoo and the beautiful port city of South Haven on the shores of Lake Michigan.
October 2015 - Florida's 16.5-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail
The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Park Trail makes for a great day trip, complete with a hill or two and plenty of wildlife. The well-maintained trail accommodates users with a 10-foot-wide paved path, regular trailheads and benches, and parallels one of Florida's most environmentally sensitive areas—Paynes Prairie State Preserve.
September 2016 - Pennsylvania's 26-mile D & L Trail
The D & L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail spans 26 miles through 4,500 acres of dramatic wilderness along the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania. The route features breathtaking views of the river and parallels the Reading & Northern Railroad for several miles. The rail line carries freight and seasonal tourist trains.
August 2015 - New York's 21-mile Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Less than two hours north of the Big Apple, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail offers a peaceful journey through New York’s rural countryside. In the late 1800s, the rail line here carried produce from Ulster County farms to NYC, as well as passengers through the Hudson Valley.
July 2015 - Idaho's 15-mile Route of the Hiawatha
It’s no surprise that Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha is in RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame; the 15-mile pathway, following the former Milwaukee Railroad, provides one of the most scenic stretches of rail-trail in the country. The not-to-miss adventure includes sky-high trestles, dramatic railroad tunnels and forested vistas.
June 2015 - Vermont’s 14-mile Island Line Trail
Vermont’s 14-mile Island Line Trail offers powerful scenery, wildlife and connections across three towns and two counties. The causeway over Lake Champlain (shown above) is a unique and spectacular attraction. The former “milk train” line turned rail-trail is a 2010 inductee to RTC’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.
May 2015 - Australia's Ferny Grove and Currawong rail-trails
A 6.9-mile trail network, including the short but picturesque Ferny Grove and Currawong rail-trails, now inhabits part of a 30-plus-mile former rail corridor that once connected Ferny Grove and Dayboro in Australia. Along the route is a memorial to one of the most infamous railway accidents in the country’s history.
April 2015 - Eastside Trail
Get ready for Earth Day with this inspiring image! The 2.3-mile Eastside Trail—part of what will eventually be a 22-mile loop of trails, transit and parks along a former railroad and industrial corridor—is spurring active transportation, recreation and social synergy in the Big Peach. Read about the ambitious Atlanta BeltLine project in the Fall 2014 issue of Rails to Trails magazine.
March 2015 - Chessie Nature Trail
With its Civil War history, natural beauty and small-town charms, Virginia's seven-mile Chessie Nature Trail promises a pleasant and poignant excursion for day-trippers. The rail-trail was fittingly selected for the "Destination" feature in the Fall 2014 issue of Rails to Trails magazine.
February 2015 - Burke-Gilman Trail
Beautiful views (Mount Rainier is a showstopper) and recreational amenities, like Gas Works Park shown here, make Seattle’s 17-mile Burke-Gilman Trail popular and well loved. The RTC Hall-of-Famer, connecting several communities and the University of Washington, was featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of Rails to Trails magazine.
January 2015 - Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail
The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail is perfect for cross-country skiers in the winter, as well as mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers in the warmer months. The RTC Hall-of-Famer, dotted with trestles and railroad tunnels, traverses a pine-forested river canyon for a tad more than 25 miles in northern California.
December 2014 - Presidential Range Rail Trail
Skirting the White Mountains in the wilds of northern New Hampsire, the Presidential Range Rail Trail is a lovely trail in any season. In its 18 miles the trail passes the bird-watching haven of Cherry Pond, White Mountain National Forest, and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Special Edition: Thanksgiving 2014 - Iowa's Wabash Trace Nature Trail
As a special thank you to our members and supporters this Thanksgiving holiday, we encourage you to download our free wallpaper of Iowa's Wabash Trace Nature Trail—and be reminded every day how trails move you!
November 2014 - Metropolitan Branch Trail
Since it opened in 2008, the Metropolitan Branch Trail has become a key part of the D.C. area’s urban trail system. And thanks to events hosted by our local partners, such as the annual Veterans Day 5k Walk/Run for Fun, the trail has also attracted a community of supporters and organizers in the surrounding neighborhoods.
October 2014 - D & L Trail
The D & L Trail is truly one of Pennsylvania's most spectacular trails, connecting a number of rail-trails on its 165-mile journey through some of the state's most beautiful lands. This section in Lehigh Gorge State Park is a favorite, the old rail bed following the Lehigh River as it winds its way through thick forest.