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Focus Term: Encouraging Trail Use

Trail Moments | Reclaiming My Health and Community Connection on America’s Rail-Trails During the Pandemic
October 02, 2020
As I contemplated how to incorporate a good cardio routine into my life, I challenged myself to create a structure that would not only help me and inspire others to stay committed.
Anamaria Spiteri on the Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail | Courtesy Anamaria Spiteri
How Trails and Outdoor Access Provide Important Mental Health Benefits
September 02, 2020
One significant way Americans are addressing their mental health needs during the coronavirus is through frequent activity in the outdoors.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail | Photo by Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh Bike Share
Trail Moments | Philly Birder Takes Fledgling Bird Enthusiasts Under His Wing
September 01, 2020
The red-headed woodpecker stood out among the new spring foliage of the northern Philadelphia park and sent a ripple of delight through the group of rookie birders that Keith Russell was leading down the path.
Birdwatching in Tacony Creek Park | Courtesy Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership
Carolyn Finney: Educating for a Broader Approach to Access and Diversity in the Outdoors
June 08, 2020
As an impassioned storyteller, author, cultural geographer and educator, Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., speaks to dozens of audiences each year on the intersection of environment and diversity.
Courtesy Dr. Carolyn Finney
Dynamic Duo: How TrailLink and Google Maps Have Made Trails Accessible to America
March 09, 2020
Google has helped direct millions of people to TrailLink to access all the health and wellness benefits trails provide. Since 2008, usage has grown from several hundred thousand people to more than 7 million annually who choose TrailLink as their go-to source for finding and using trails.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Joe LaCroix mapping the West Creek Recreational Trail | Photo by Anthony Le, courtesy RTC
Five Great Trail Activities and Their Health Benefits
January 27, 2020
Meeting these targets can help improve your health and your quality of life; reduce health-care costs and the risk of chronic disease; and simply make you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
10 Haunted Tales from America’s Trails
October 17, 2019
Here are 10 spooky tales RTC could find on America’s diverse collection of rail-trails and multiuse pathways.
Ghost of Silver Run | Illustration by Anthony Le
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
E-Bikes Got This Baby Boomer Back on the Trail After Asthma
May 22, 2019
A one-day rental there led to a weeklong adventure in Hawaii, followed by my first of two e-bike purchases three years ago. Since then, I’ve logged more than 1,000 road and trail miles, and for me, it’s been a win-win.
Libby Rose on e-bike | Photo courtesy Wandering Rose Travels
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