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.
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.
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.
Save the date for April 18, 2020
Opening Day for Trails is the national kickoff celebration for the spring trail season. On April 18, people across the nation will celebrate by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event. Learn more to find trail events near you or get tools to plan one of your own.
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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