Seven Bucket List Rail-Trail Destinations Around the World

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New Zealand's Otago Central Rail Trail | Photo courtesy Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust

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Rosendale Trestle along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New York

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2000+

No. of rail-trails in U.S.

24,000+

Miles of rail-trails in the U.S.

34,000+

Miles of multiuse trail in the U.S.

50

No. of states with rail-trails