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RTC Guidebooks

Accessing Trails

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy makes accessing trails easy through our free online trail-finder and our series of rail-trail guidebooks. Promoting trail use was never more fun than encouraging people to get out on a trail by giving them to tools to find their newest favorite route.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy first launched on August 16, 2000. Since then, it has grown to become the most robust source of rail-trail information on the Web—and it's available for free!

Powered by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, lists more than 1,500 rail-trails and connecting corridors throughout the United States. Log in to and check out interactive Google maps for more than 12,500 miles of trail, view trail descriptions, reviews and photos, and submit your own rail-trail experiences, pictures and maps. You can also volunteer to be a part of our mapping initiative and help us map the remaining 2,500-plus miles of rail-trail currently out there.

Rail-Trail Guidebooks

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has been producing rail-trail guidebooks for more than 15 years. Our newest series of official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy regional rail-trail books from Wilderness Press offers even more rail-trail adventures and on-the-ground descriptions, photos, directions and maps from experienced Rails-to-Trails Conservancy staff and volunteers.

Most current guidebooks in the series include:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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