Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.
Opening Day for Trails is the national kickoff celebration for the spring trail season. On April 18, people across the nation will celebrate by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event. Learn more to find trail events near you or get tools to plan one of your own. RSVP and you’ll be automatically entered to win a prize pack.
The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Consider the economic opportunities and the benefits for communities along the route of a multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles between Washington and Washington.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's President Ryan Chao shares monthly thoughts on the role of trails in connecting the nation, and creating healthy, thriving communities across America.
Featured here is a video Ask Me Anything with Ryan Chao, Eric Oberg and Brandi Horton.
What is a Rail-Trail?
Rail-trails are multipurpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. These paths are flat or gently sloping, making them easily accessible and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Rail-trails are ideal for many types of activities--depending on the rules established by the local community--including walking, bicycling, wheelchair use, inline skating, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.
TrailLink by RTC and Google Maps
We started working with Google Maps back in 2006 to help us publish all our interactive maps on our website, TrailLink.com. TrailLink is RTC's trail-finder website and companion TrailLink mobile apps, mapping over 36,000+ miles of multiuse trails.