Since 2008, we have awarded more than $1.7 million to trails projects and provided technical assistance to trail managers, operators and friends groups. Learn more about our trail-building work below.

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We transform unused rail corridors into vibrant public spaces that engage, inspire and empower communities from coast to coast.

Trail-Building Toolbox

Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are most often flat or follow a gentle grade as they traverse urban, suburban and rural communities in America. Get all the basics for creating a vibrant rail-trail for your community, including technical tips and tried-and-true methods for generating neighborhood, political and funding support for your project by using the toolbox.

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Webinars

RTC's Trail Expert Network produces a free webinar series designed to help trail professionals build, grow, manage, maintain, promote or otherwise support trails and trail networks.

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Railbanking Explained

Peter Raynor, the 2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion, explains what railbanking is. He was the central author of the 1983 Railbanking Act which has led to the creation of over 4,200 miles of rail-trails across the country.

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The P2P: World-Class Trail Network to Kick-Start Bike Tourism Boom in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

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Railroad bridge seen from the Mon River Trail | Photo by Ella Belling

Katy Trail State Park | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman
Katy Trail State Park | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman

Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund

Launched in 2015, the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund supports organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve multi-use trails. Applications for 2019 grants are closed. Join the Trail Expert Network to get more updates.

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BikeAble™ is a customizable tool for analyzing community connectivity.

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America's Rails-with-Trails Report

America's Rails-with-Trails Report

Rails-with-trails are safe, common, and increasing in number. These are the standout findings of America's Rails-with-Trail Report, a defining new study on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.

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Active Transprotation Beyond Urban Centers

Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers Report

When we think about commuting to work, many assume that active transportation is only an option for people in the largest cities, but this report demonstrates that, in fact, active transportation is a part of life even far beyond urban centers.

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We have an open forum to share trail-building ideas and solutions. Ask this group of trail advocates and professionals questions or post announcements like jobs, conferences and publications.

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From Dream to National Treasure: The Great American Rail-Trail

From Dream to National Treasure: The Great American Rail-Trail

When complete, the Great American Rail-Trail will span more than 3,700 miles across 12 states and the District of Columbia—connecting Washington,...

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From Toxic Site to Thriving Rail-Trail: Montana's Silver Bow Creek Greenway

From Toxic Site to Thriving Rail-Trail: Montana's Silver Bow Creek Greenway

By the early 20th century, Butte, Montana, was already being called the richest hill on Earth, an acknowledgement of the nearly inconceivable amounts...

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10-Mile Developing Trail Project in Burlington County, New Jersey to Provide New Bike-Ped Connections for Thousands

10-Mile Developing Trail Project in Burlington County, New Jersey to Provide New Bike-Ped Connections for Thousands

Since May 2012, a broad coalition of nonprofits, trail groups, foundations and agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has been working to create an...

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