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Special Olympics Promotes Exploration, Fitness and Discovery on Kansas Trails
January 31, 2021
Jennifer Jennings, a competitor in Special Olympics Kansas swimming events, was elated last winter when she made her high school’s swim team.
Photo from Special Olympics Kansas’ Trails and Treats Day in the fall of 2020, part of the statewide Parks & Trails Tour | Photo courtesy Special Olympics Kansas
American Icons: Rail-Trails That Helped Shape the National Landscape
January 22, 2021
We take a closer look at some of the country’s earliest rail-trails, and how they helped inspire and build a nationwide movement.
Along the Illinois Prairie Path in Warrenville | Photo by Beverly Horne/Daily Herald/
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
A View From … The Historic Railroad Trail in Nevada
July 21, 2020
Between the fascinating railroad history and the stellar Lake Mead views, the Historic Railroad Trail in southern Nevada in Clark County packs quite a punch into its 3.7-mile route.
As a former train route, the Historic Railroad Trail is mostly flat along its 3.7-mile route. The flat terrain makes the trail a popular spot for people of all fitness levels. | Photo by Cindy Barks
Saving America’s Prairies: Illinois Leaders and Rail-Trail Advocates Work to Restore a Dwindling System
July 14, 2020
In Illinois, a good portion of what remains is found almost exclusively along the railroad corridors that crisscross swaths of intensely farmed, highly prized agricultural land.
Prairie Grassland along the Heartland Pathways in Illinois | Photo by Chris Bucher
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
How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region
May 12, 2020
The 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland is a premier rail-trail destination.
Great Allegheny Passage just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Photo by Milo Bateman
Four Rail-Trails That Are Part of Transformative Environmental Clean-up Projects
April 21, 2020
In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary this year, Rails to Trails magazine is highlighting four rail-trails that have had a transformative Cinderella story, going from industrial dumping grounds to beloved community assets.
Mineral Belt Trail | Photo by Scott Stark
Rail-Trail Cases That Have Shaped the Movement
February 20, 2020
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act (1968), Rails to Trails magazine sat down with Ferster to talk about some of the cases that have shaped the movement—as well as the monumental importance of railbanking, which—born from the National Trails System Act in 1983—has helped facilitate the creation of thousands of miles of rail-trails to date.
Andrea Ferster | Photo by Eli Griffen
A View From … Michigan’s Great Lake-to-Lake Trail
December 20, 2019
It’s no secret that Michigan is a great trail state, hosting more than 2,400 miles of rail-trails, and exciting developing trail network projects like the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails, which is building momentum.
The inaugural Great Lake-to-Lake Trail ride along Kal-Haven Trail Sesquicentennial State Park | Photo by Jeff Green, TrailLink user jeffinbville