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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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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Join the Trail Expert Network

Sign up for the the Trail Expert Network (TEN) to receive news and information relevant to building and managing trails, including alerts about upcoming railroad abandonments in your area.

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Maryland Communities Are Hungry for Trails—and the Maryland General Assembly Can Help

Maryland Communities Are Hungry for Trails—and the Maryland General Assembly Can Help

With several landmark trail networks in progress, the State of Maryland is poised to serve as a nationwide example for other states. Marylanders are...

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Southeast Trail Planning Open House

Southeast Trail Planning Open House

As you might have read in our initial blog post, we hosted a trail design happy hour on Jan. 31 at Monument City Brewing Company to talk about the...

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A View From … The Great American Rail-Trail

A View From … The Great American Rail-Trail

Imagine what’s possible with a trail that connects the country. Imagine ... pedaling across the entire country on a safe, seamless and scenic...

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