The 2017 Opening Day for Trails is on Saturday, April 8!

This year marks RTC’s fifth annual Opening Day for Trails! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, people across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails for a walk, run, ride or special event.


Share how you plan to celebrate and explore trails on Opening Day with us and your friends on social media using #RTCOpeningDay!

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Last year, Opening Day grew to include more than 20,000 trail lovers of every variety—but we believe this year’s celebration can be even bigger! Help us make 2017’s Opening Day the largest and most fun ever by taking the pledge to get out on the trail! You’ll have an amazing time—and you’ll be entered to win a special giveaway! Terms and conditions apply.

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Featured Events


Fun Run 5k

Arlington, VA

8 a.m.12 p.m. EDT

Bluemont Park Picnic Pavilion
Arlington, VA 22203

This free, family-friendly event is a great way to explore your local trails, get outside and enjoy your community—plus, there will be giveaways, food and entertainment!

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Fist-Bump World Record Attempt

Philadelphia, PA

2 p.m.3:30 p.m. EDT

Penn Treaty Park
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Mark your calendar for April 8 and plan to join us to break the record for the longest fist-bump relay! We need 300 friends to help us rewrite the record books.

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Spring Kick Off on the Little Miami Scenic Trail

Xenia, Yellow Springs and Springfield, OH

10 a.m.–2 p.m. EDT

Little Miami Scenic Trail

Celebrate Opening Day for Trails along the nation’s largest paved trail network!

Stop by Yellow Springs Station, Xenia Station and Un Mundo Café (Springfield) to visit with local and regional trail groups—who will be sharing lots of information and goodies like the NEW Miami Valley Bikeways Map! Signature events include the dedication of U.S. Bike Route 50 at the Little Miami Prairie Grass Trailhead in London and the "Bike for the Health of It!" Wolf Creek Trail Ride.

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Baltimore Bike, Hike and Walk

Baltimore, MD

9 a.m.–4 p.m. EDT

4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD 21209

Join us as we kick off the trail season along the Jones Falls Trail, Gwynns Falls Trail, and Herring Run Trail. Activites will include a guided and self-guided walk, bike rides and hikes along the City's trails and parks with tree plantings, fun workouts and educational activities.

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Three Rivers Art Drop: You Were Made To Bloom

Pittsburgh, PA

10 a.m.3 p.m. EDT

33 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Join Friends of the Riverfront on the Southside Trail for the Three Rivers Art Drop! Find—and keep—original art by Baron Batch during this fun celebration.

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Richmond Greenway Bike Ride

Richmond, CA

10 a.m.1 p.m. PDT

Rich City Rides
1500 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801

Join Rich City RIDES and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Western Region office for a bike ride along the Richmond Greenway.

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