Recognizing and highlighting excellent trails is part of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) daily work through special programs, our publications and our relationships with trail partners and friends groups.
RTC has initiated and partnered with several trail recognition efforts throughout our history including:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
Launched in 2007, the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame nationally recognizes exemplary rail-trails around the country. RTC selects inductees on merits including scenic value, popular use, community connections and geographic distribution. The five-year program runs through December 2011 when the 25th—and final—Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee will be selected to coincide with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's 25th Anniversary year.
National Rail-Trail Network
The National Rail-Trail Network program recognizes significant rail-trails—rural to urban, from coasts to heartland—and their critical place within the national system of connected corridors. Rail-trails gain a niche in the national network for their superior connections to communities, trail and trailside amenities, and the high quality of their maintenance and management, among other criteria.
Trail of the Month
Each month, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy selects a rail-trail from around the country to highlight as the Trail of the Month on our Web site. These trails range from urban to rural settings and range from backyard escapes to vacation destinations.
In 1999, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House announced the 50 trails that best represented the spirit and essence of the U.S. states and territories in which they were located. More than half the trails included were rail-trails.