More than a day outside
Memories being made
At Rails to Trails Conservancy, we’ve spent decades helping communities leverage the joy that trails uniquely deliver to create meaningful impact. That’s why we’re working for a future where trails connect everyone, everywhere.
We’re building a nation connected by trails—reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors.
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Memories being made. Communities connecting. Places thriving. Find your next trail adventure, and discover why your time on the trail is so much more than a day outside.
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Tapping Into Opportunity: RTC’s Strategic PrioritiesRTC has been focused on building a nation connected by trails, spreading trails across the country to bring new potential to communities.
Here Are Five Fantastic New Rail-Trails That Opened in 2023Here we spotlight a handful of the exciting new rail-trails that opened in 2023.
Leveraging This Moment for ImpactOver the past several years, these are all ways we’ve described the momentum driving the national movement to connect the nation by trail.
A Cultural Shift as America’s Trail Networks Take HoldIt has been described as a “tipping point,” “critical mass” and “milestone” achievement. Regardless of what it’s called, there’s no doubt that the proliferation of trail networks around the United States is significant.
Reimagining Public Spaces
As the nation’s largest advocacy organization for trails, walking and bicycling, we’re working hard to make sure trails connect everyone, in every neighborhood across America. We believe in the joy and impact that trails deliver for people, places and the planet, which is why we want trails and trail networks prioritized as essential to healthy, thriving communities.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Getty Images; Carroll Park | Photo by Allison Abruscato; Ohio’s Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail | Photo by Jason Cohn; Mount Vernon Trail | Photo by Milo Bateman
Since 1986, we’ve supported the creation of tens of thousands of miles of rail-trails and multiuse trails nationwide by building and championing infrastructure, advocating for public funding for trails and active transportation, and inspiring more people to make trails part of their everyday lives. Here’s a snapshot of our impact.
miles of multiuse trail across the country providing people with safe, off-road routes for walking, bicycling, being active and connecting to nature.
trail networks are being built in the U.S., with at least one in every state, showing universal demand for connected active transportation infrastructure.
in federal active transportation funding has supported tens of thousands of trail, walking and biking projects, a fraction of the annual ROI they deliver.
people connected to trails via TrailLink™, having fun and making trails part of their everyday lives.
grassroots taking action, transforming their joy into impact to create, connect and maintain the nation’s trails.
professionals and advocates coming together to spur trail and active transportation network development nationwide.
miles of trail being connected through TrailNation™, proving what is possible when trail networks are at the heart of communities.
Photo credits (top to bottom): Capital Crescent Trail | Photo by Hung Tran; Baltimore, Md. | Photo by Side A Photography; Warrior Expeditions in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Albert Ting; Wisconsin’s Oak Leaf Trail, part of the Route of the Badger | Photo by Front Room Photography; Celebrate Trails Day event in Pittsburgh | Photo by Robin Woods; Illinois’ Mississippi River Trail | Photo by Brandi Horton; Cynwyd Heritage Trail, part of the Circuit Trails | Photo by Thom Carroll
RTC is creating a future where everyone has safe spaces to walk, bike and be active outdoors. We need your help as we build a nation connected by trails.
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We work with thousands of organizations, public agencies, local and state governments, and institutions to deliver the best practices and trail-planning resources, technical support, and capacity-building grants to create, connect and maintain the nation’s trails.