RTC's 30th

30 Years: From Rail-Trails to Active-Transportation Super Highways

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is pleased to celebrate 30 years of passion, perseverance and collaboration in 2016. Read about the history of RTC as well as poignant moments in the evolution of the U.S. rail-trail movement, and get a glimpse of our work to help create vibrant, connected trail networks of tomorrow. 

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Check out our interactive timeline below to browse important moments in the history of RTC and trail development in America.

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30 Reasons to Love Trails

We asked trail enthusiasts around the country to share their top reasons for using and loving trails. Here are just 30 of our favorite responses!

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Learn More About RTC's History


Since our founding, RTC has worked from coast to coast, supporting the development of thousands of miles of trails for millions of people to explore and enjoy. 

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This special content takes a forward look at RTC and the development of interconnected trail systems in America.

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Find Trails

Looking for a great trail? Check out TrailLink.com, a searchable database of more than 30,000 miles of trails.

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Get Involved

Here are some great ways you can help energize the movement for trails, walking and biking across the country.

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Trail supporters from across the country selected New York's Hudson Valley Trail Network as the 2016 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee. Congratulations, New York! Read about our five nominees.

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