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How Council Bluffs Became the Eastern Point of the First Transcontinental Railroad
May 02, 2024
In the 1860s, Council Bluffs became the Eastern Terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad and today is part of Great American Rail-Trail.
1867 Union Pacific advertisement poster | Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum
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Depot in Center Point Is a Trailside Landmark to Iowa Town’s 1914 Awakening
April 30, 2024
Home to a museum that preserves the stories of the eastern Iowa town for which it is named, the Center Point Depot is a key piece of history.
Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railway depot along the Iowa's Cedar Valley Nature Trail | Photo by Patrick Travers
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Century-Old Bridge in Brandon Is a Legacy to Iowa’s Railroad Heyday
April 30, 2024
After a 2008 flood along Iowa’s Cedar Valley Nature Trail, only one functional double-arched span bridge created over a century ago remained.
Double arch bridge in Brandon, Iowa | Photo courtesy Black Hawk County Conservation
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10 Unique Lodgings Along the Great American Rail-Trail
April 15, 2024
We highlight lodging along the Great American Rail-Trail, and history buffs can find more from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Washington's Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast is located adjacent to the Cle Elum Depot along the Great American Rail-Trail | Photo courtesy Iron Horse Inn Bed and Breakfast
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You Can Get to These Eco-Friendly Stadiums by Trail
April 08, 2024
These stadiums are eco-friendly champs, but they also encourage fans to reduce their carbon footprint by getting to the games via trails.
Participants on an Urban AdvenTours ride reach Boston's TD Garden | Photo courtesy Urban AdvenTours
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Elements of Gold: Michigan’s Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Is a Special Place for All Seasons
April 08, 2024
The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail is like a gold standard for the quality of the trail and the upkeep and something people can enjoy all the time.
The Tridge along the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail in Michigan | Photo by Cory Matteson
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Rail-Trail Running for Beginners
April 04, 2024
Rail-trails offer a fantastic option for a beginning running program. Since they’re mostly off road, you don’t have to worry about cars.
Trail runners in Baltimore, MD | Photo by Allison Abruscato
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Georgia’s Cricket Frog Trail
April 04, 2024
The Cricket Frog Trail passes north of Covington Square and twists through miles of woods and scenic farmland before reaching Mansfield.
Group bike ride along Georgia's Cricket Frog Trail | Photo courtesy Newton Trails, Inc.
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Great Redwood Trail Draft Master Plan Released
April 03, 2024
Along the route of the Great Redwood Trail in California | Photo by Charles Gandy
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Five Far-Out Trails for Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse
March 20, 2024
During the celestial spectacle on April 8, 2024, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth. Here are five trails to view this phenomenon.
Getting ready to view the total eclipse in 2017 | Photo by Scott Stark