Photo by Fred Schaeffer

The Trailblazer Society recognizes RTC members who play a leadership role in supporting our mission by donating $1,000 or more annually. These loyal donors provide a powerful and flexible source of funding for the preservation of historic rail corridors and the creation of trails that connect families, workplaces, neighborhoods and cultural and civic attractions across America.

Exclusive Benefits

In addition to all the benefits of standard membership, including our quarterly membership magazine, Rails to Trails, Trailblazer Society members receive a number of other exciting benefits, including the following:

  • An invitation to participate in yearly Trailblazer Society excursions with RTC’s president, board members and staff (Past destinations include rail-trails in Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia, Idaho and Pennsylvania.)
  • Advance notices and invitations to special events, bike rides, receptions and conferences
  • Complimentary Rail-Trail Calendar
  • Updates detailing RTC's work and recent accomplishments
  • Personal calls and briefings from RTC staff and board members when they visit your local area

Levels of Support

Leadership Circle   - $25,000 or more
Pioneer   - $10,000 to $24,999
Explorer   - $ 5,000 to $9,999
Pathfinder   - $2,500 to $4,999
Trail Guide   - $1,000 to $2,499

An RTC Trailblazer is an individual who helps accelerate our core trail-building efforts with personal commitments of $1,000 or more each year (or a monthly contribution of $84 or more).

Please consider becoming a Trailblazer today!

2015 Ride Schedule

Photo by Ken Bryan/RTC

Join us for Trailblazer Society rides across the country!

We’re bringing together RTC Trailblazers, staff and local trail leaders to share the deeper stories behind select trails around the country and experience first-hand how they shape—and are shaped by—local communities. Bicycle rides, ranging from half-day to multi-day tours, will visit landmark trails, project sites and more.

Join us in 2015, and make your personal connection to new  branches of the emerging national trail network. 

Trailblazer Society rides are specifically designed to be noncompetitive and accessible to people all ages and abilities. Routes are between 15 and 30 miles and primarily take place on protected trails with minimal ascending and descending (unless otherwise noted).

RSVP for an event near you today via the links below.

Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

Join RTC’s staff, board members and fellow Trailblazers as we gather in Homestead, Fla., to tour the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway. An active RTC project site, this is a key path in the off-road network of trails making pedestrians and cyclists safer in south Florida. It’s also the only trail in America linking two national parks (Biscayne  and Everglades)!

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Homestead, Fla.
Duration: Half-day tour
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Trailblazers’ Ride around Washington D.C. for Opening Day!

Launch into spring with a 25-mile loop around Washington, D.C.’s business district as part of RTC’s Opening Day for Trails. Join RTC’s Kevin Mills, senior vice president of policy and trail development, as well as local partners and fellow Trailblazers as we ride from Silver Spring, Md. Our morning tour will cover the "bicycle beltway" within the District’s world-class trail system, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Capital Crescent Trail.

Date: March 28, 2015
Location: Washington, D.C., Metro Area
Duration: Morning tour
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Santa Clara County Loop

RTC has new projects in the Bay Area! Join us and our trail-building partners as we explore a 25-mile loop through the evolving trail network in Santa Clara County. We’ll connect you with the trail projects and dedicated people raising the quality of life and creating transportation alternatives in communities like Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and many more. Whether you’re an experienced local rider, visitor or trail newbie, this guided ride has something for everyone. Trails include the Guadalupe River Trail, the SF Bay Trail, Stevens Creek Trail and more. Partial on-street riding required. 

Date: April 18, 2015
Location: San Jose, Calif.
Duration: Half-day tour
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Waterfront Cruising in Providence, RI

With Hall of Fame trails like the East Bay Bike Path, emerging projects in nearby Newport and Aquidneck Island, and the Blackstone River Greenway leading into the heart of New England, Providence is a growing hub for trails. Enjoy ocean breezes during the height of summer as we get the inside scoop on the impact of these valuable trail projects and learn from local experts what the future holds for bike/ped in the region. 

Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Providence, R.I.
Duration: Half-day tour
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Trailblazers’ Site Tour on the Route of the Badger

Our premier multi-day tour for Trailblazers will include top-class accommodations and dining. Join RTC President Keith Laughlin and the RTC Board for a tour of the Route of the Badger trail network—in development by RTC in southeastern Wisconsin.

Date: June 8-12, 2015
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Duration: Multi-day, supported tour
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