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Experience Trails

Across the country, trails are part of the fabric of the American landscape. While trails are loved as places for people to enjoy the outdoors, connecting with friends and family, they also deliver countless benefits to the communities they serve. Since its founding in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has played a central role in the massive growth of the trails and active transportation movement—a movement that has grown thanks to trail advocates and trail users alike.

As the national voice of the trails movement, RTC shines a spotlight on the entire trails experience—encouraging people to make trail use part of their daily life, celebrating exemplary trails and the heroes who make them possible, providing resources for people to find and access trails, and inspiring movement.

Great American Rail-Trail

The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Consider the economic opportunities and the benefits for communities along the route of a multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles between Washington and Washington.


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TrailLink by RTC

Join the millions of trail lovers who use TrailLink, the ultimate trail-finder app. TrailLink is RTC's trail-finder website and companion TrailLink mobile apps, mapping over 40,000+ miles of multiuse trails.

TrailLink.com  iPhone App  Android App

Share the Trail

Be nice. Trails are for everyone.

Remember, every amazing trail experience begins with you! Watch our award-winning video series to learn the six Golden Rules of trail use—you can help make every trip safe and fun for everyone.



Celebrate Trails @Home

On Saturday, April 18, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) hosted "Celebrate Trails @Home"—an all-virtual national celebration of trails!

Held on the same day we would have gathered to celebrate Opening Day for Trails in person, this 2020 home-based celebration brought together voices from the trails movement to share stories of hope, examples community resilience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and appreciation for trails everywhere.


Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award

Since 2011, the Doppelt family has funded the Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award, which honors supporters who have made significant contributions to the rail-trail movement through their work, volunteerism or support.


Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

Since 2007, RTC has recognized rail-trails around the country through the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, honoring scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and community connections.


2018 Pennsylvania Sojourn | Photo by Cleo Fogal
2018 Pennsylvania Sojourn | Photo by Cleo Fogal
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Our 19 sojourns in six states and Washington, D.C., infused the regions they toured with a total of approximately $2 million—helping to fuel trailside businesses and powering the local economies.


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