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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.

RTC tells the story of the impact that trails have on our communities through the Rails to Trails Magazine and our TrailBlog.

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Rosendale Trestle along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New York

Explore our TrailBlog and Rails to Trails magazine stories to learn about the country’s remarkable multi-use trails and trail networks, and the positive impacts they have on their surrounding communities.

Ready to get outside? TrailLink.com, our free trail-finder database, offers detailed descriptions, interactive maps, photo galleries and firsthand ratings and reviews of trails around the country.

You can also join other outdoor enthusiasts to celebrate trails through our Opening Day for Trails events each spring.

Discover what’s possible with a trail that connects the country …

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Opening Day for Trails Save the Date for April 18, 2020

Opening Day for Trails

Opening Day for Trails is the national kickoff celebration for the spring trail season. On April 18, 2020, people across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event.

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Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail

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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.

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Central Author of Railbanking Legislation Named
2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion

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2018 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award ceremony | Photo by Hung Tran

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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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2000+

No. of rail-trails in U.S.

24,000+

Miles of rail-trails in the U.S.

36,000+

Miles of multiuse trail in the U.S.

50

No. of states with rail-trails