The Trailblazer Society plays a transformational role in the growth of America’s trail networks, and the creation and preservation of rail-trails everywhere. Your generous annual gift of $1,000 or more will help people around the country safely enjoy the outdoors, connect to their communities and build healthy lifestyles.
At RTC, we recognize the tremendous commitment of Trailblazer Society members with special events, trail information and reports that connect you to the impact of your support.
Please feel free to call the Trailblazer Society team at 202.974.5118, or email us at Trailblazers@railstotrails.org.
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
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).
Join us for Trailblazer Society rides across the country!
Especially for our Trailblazer members, we’re producing a series of locally guided tours around the country and connecting you to great achievements in the trails movement. Our small group rides bring Trailblazers together with RTC leadership and local trail champions so they can share the history and stories behind the rail-trails and greenways that connect our communities.
Events include our free half-day Trailblazer rides and our annual multi-day Trailblazer Tour supported by acclaimed tour operators Wilderness Voyagers.
Our half-day Trailblazer rides are free and accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities. Typical routes are between 15 and 30 miles and primarily take place on protected trails with minimal ascending and descending (unless otherwise noted).
For more information on these events and to RSVP today, please visit the links below.
RTC’s Sojourn Series
Don’t forget to visit RTC’s Sojourn Series page for more ways to experience trails. Trailblazer Society members get special early access to registration for these popular rides that support local trails and trail networks.
— Explore The Great Allegheny Passage —
Our 2017 Trailblazer Tour will travel along the spectacular Great Allegheny Passage, one of the country's premier rail-trails.
Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Location: Great Allegheny Passage between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland
Duration: Multiday tour
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Trailblazer Tours are fully supported, hotel-based multiday trips. Anticipated cost is $2,000, including lodging, bike rental, meals and ground transportation. Airfare not included.RSVP and event details: www.railstotrails.org/RidetheGAP
Discover Austin’s Newest Rail-Trail with RTC and Bike Texas
Opened in the fall of 2014, come see why 10 years in the making was worth the wait for the Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail in Austin. Ring in spring with a 16-mile jaunt in new territory. With RTC and Bike Texas, you’ll learn how this new connection came to be, how it’s raising the quality of life in the capital, and what’s coming next for Texas trails.
Date: March 26, 2016
Location: Austin, TX
Duration: Half-day ride
Philadelphia: Opening Day on The Circuit Trails
This year on Opening Day for Trails, join the Trailblazer Society in Philadelphia to take part in an exciting celebration of the region’s new trail network: The Circuit!
Date: April 16, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Duration: Half-day event
Pre-Mother’s Day ride on the Great Allegheny Passage
Join in as we drop in to the RTC Sojourn for a day on the Great Allegheny Passage near Pittsburgh, and learn how this hub of trails is driving our national movement.
Date: May 7, 2016
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Duration: Half-day event
Rail-Trails Leadership in San Diego
Our event began on a picturesque morning with a visit from San Diego County Supervisor and Rail-Trail Champion Greg Fox, who gave us an overview of the Bayshore Bikeway trail project, a vision more than 20 years in the making. Transportation Planner Stephan Vance then led us on a ride that provided a close-up look at how San Diego is implementing the exciting undertaking. Visits from the Knickerbikers, ferry rides and a macaroni and cheese festival spiced up our tour of the bay.
Date: Nov. 7, 2015
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Duration: Half-day tour
New Trail Connections in Cleveland
RTC’s vision for a nationwide network of trails is building steam in Cleveland! As a focal point of regional trail development efforts, trails in and around Cleveland are gaining a headlining roll in the future of the region. RTC Midwest Director Eric Oberg and Marty Cader of the City of Cleveland Planning Commission led members on a colorful ride from the heart of the city to Independence, OH, highlighting new segments of the Ohio and Eerie Canal Towpath, a critical artery of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition’s network.
Date: October 4, 2015
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, area
Duration: Half-day tour