Seven Ways Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Brought Big Impact in 2019

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Great American Preferred Route Reveal in South Cle Elum, WA | Photo by Kathy Young

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.

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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.

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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.

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