Supporting America's Trail Builders
Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park) in Montana | Photo by TrailLink user acewickwire
Through our pass-through grant programs, RTC has invested nearly $2 million in trail projects since 2008, supporting trail builders on the ground in meeting their regional and community trail development goals. These projects are essential to building, maintaining and managing the trails that communities rely on for recreation, transportation, healthy lifestyles and economic vitality—and we’ve been able to support 178 local organizations across the country in these efforts with this vital funding.
In 2019, $130,000+ was awarded to projects in 10 states through the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund, which has awarded over a half-million dollars across 25 states to support critical trail development work since 2015.
Lighting the Way for Safe Trail Travel in Butte, Montana
Nestled in Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the Great American Rail-Trail follows a former Milwaukee Railroad corridor through the 3,500-acre Thompson Park, located southeast of Butte, which features a stunning trestle bridge and two expansive tunnels. In 2019, RTC awarded the Butte Ranger District a $27,500 Doppelt Grant to install solar-powered lights in one tunnel to create a safer experience for trail users. The support provided by the Doppelt Fund for these small but impactful projects not only strengthens local connectivity—but has a rippling effect on a national scale for the Great American.
Trail Expert Network: Engaging and Connecting Our Trail Professionals
TrailBlazer Society: Improving Lives for Generations to Come
Selfless, dedicated, visionary—these are words we use to describe our Trailblazer Society members, many of whom have supported RTC’s work for decades. This inspiring group of people—including both long-time supporters and new contributors excited by our forward-looking mission—each donate $1,000 or more annually. Their investment in RTC helps us create a nation of trails and provides the foundational support necessary to create and connect this vital infrastructure in every community in America.