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Focus Term: Connected Systems

A Closer Look: Connecting the Lower Rio Grande Valley by Trail
August 12, 2019
Caracara is the name of the trail system developing throughout Cameron County, Texas, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley—a project that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is honored to count among its TrailNation™ portfolio.
Bikers on tour of Caracara Trails | Photo by John Faulk, Frontera Media
Four Long-Distance Rides Along the Great American Rail-Trail
August 09, 2019
Here are four sections of the Great American that span 100 miles or more with minimal on-street connections—perfect for multiday adventuring.
Ohio's Great Miami River Trail | Photo by Tom Bilcze
Seeds Planted for California’s 300-Mile Great Redwood Trail
May 17, 2019
The Great Redwood Trail is a 300-mile proposed trail from the shores of San Francisco Bay to the redwoods of Eureka on Humboldt Bay.
Along the route of the Great Redwood Trail in California | Photo by Charles Gandy
16 Historic Highlights Along the Route of the Great American Rail-Trail
May 08, 2019
16 Historic Highlights Along the Route of the Great American Rail-Trail. Rail-trails are the perfect way for us to connect to each other, our communities and our cultural heritage. Unique in makeup and geography, each trail that’s hosting the 3,700-miles-plus preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail has many stories to tell—some as old as, or far older than, our country itself. Both well known and lesser known, the histories found along the route demonstrate why the “Great American” is a true national treasure.
Pony Express station at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center | Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management | CC by 2.0
New York’s Warren County Bikeway
April 16, 2019
The Warren County Bikeway runs 10 miles between Glens Falls and Lake George, about an hour’s drive north of Albany.
Warren County Bikeway | Photo courtesy Eric Pfau
10-Mile Developing Trail Project in Burlington County, New Jersey to Provide New Bike-Ped Connections for Thousands
April 16, 2019
From the Delaware River to the Jersey shore, opportunities to enjoy trails and linear parks abound in the Garden State. Unfortunately, many people need to drive to a trail before experiencing their benefits.
2016 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Youth Sojourn on the Circuit Trails along the Camden waterfront | Photo by Kyle McIntyre
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Major Partners in Cleveland Release Study And Recommendations for Enhancing Citywide Bike Connectivity Options
April 11, 2019
55% of Cleveland residents have access to bike transportation methods. analysis shows how to increase that number to 82% with investment
The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway passes major attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Photo courtesy Traillink user roddo
Trail Networks and Spines: Key Components As Congress Discusses America’s Mobility Future
March 14, 2019
As Congress considers how it can meet the transportation needs of 21st-century America, RTC encourages them to consider the positive impacts active transportation can have on communities and how connected trail networks and spines are a significant part of the answer.
A two-way cycle track in the median of Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. - Photo by Elvert Barnes courtesy
Developing Trail in Lincoln Celebrates Nebraska’s Tallgrass Prairie Legacy
February 13, 2019
Welcome to Nebraska’s tallgrass prairie, a rapidly disappearing ecosystem that Nebraskans are racing to preserve—and they hope to do just that with a new corridor and trail: the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch.
Photo courtesy Prairie Corridor Foundation
Pennsylvania’s Mahoning Shadow Trail
February 12, 2019
Learn how the legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil helped create the Pennsylvania's Mahoning Shadow Trail in RTC's trail of the month feature.
Photo by Jeff London