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Rails to Trails Conservancy is building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways to be active outdoors. We invite you to explore with us—find your next trail adventure. Find new ways to take part in the advocacy to reimagine public spaces, creating safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Discover why your time on the trail is so much more than a day outside.

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Reimagining Public Spaces

As the nation’s largest advocacy organization for trails, walking and bicycling, Rails to Trails Conservancy is 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. Learn more about RTC.

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

We see more than a day outside.

Everyone deserves access to safe ways to walk, bike and be active outdoors.

Ohio’s Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath | Photo by Jason Cohn

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Our Impact

Since 1986, Rails to Trails Conservancy 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.

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

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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.