These past several years of enduring demand for trails underscore how vital—and transformative—trails are to people’s lives. Throughout the United States, more people are using trails than ever before, and in fiscal year (FY) 2022, TrailLink.com™ sought to connect millions of new and tried-and-true trail users to safe places to walk, bike and connect to nature—in their own communities and beyond.
Through Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC’s) national trail-finder website and app, we connected both new and longtime trail users with 16.5 million trail pages and 7.2 million maps.
Additionally, some 7.3 million people accessed TrailLink’s unique database of over 40,000 miles of mapped multiuse trails, including more than 25,000 miles of rail-trails.
To date, TrailLink has served some 83 million users and received over 530 million views—with a continued commitment to make trail use in America as inclusive and accessible as possible to people of every age and ability, in every community.
Feedback From TrailLink Users:
“People of all abilities can use this to get out of the house and enjoy nature. The maps are great, and the reviews are very helpful!”
“This app not only helps me find new trails, but it also has good reviews about the current conditions of the trails.”
“I have found this app to be so helpful in making sure that we can navigate the bike trails in our area!”
“Great quick research tool to find new places to explore!”
#WeArePlay Spotlight from Google Play
In the summer of 2022, Google Play launched #WeArePlay, a new series featuring the people behind popular Google Play apps and games. RTC’s Frederick Schaedtler received this national recognition for leading the effort to develop the TrailLink app, which allows users to explore a database of over 40,000 miles of mapped multiuse trails, as well as upload reviews and photos from their trail experiences to share with other outdoor enthusiasts.