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From Dream to National Treasure: The Great American Rail-Trail
May 08, 2019
The Great American Rail-Trail aims to create a multiuse trail across the country, separated from roads for more than 3,700 miles.
When complete, the Great American Rail-Trail will span more than 3,700 miles across 12 states and the District of Columbia. | Illustration by Anderson Design Group
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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
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From Toxic Site to Thriving Rail-Trail: Montana’s Silver Bow Creek Greenway
April 20, 2019
By the early 20th century, Butte, Montana, was already being called the richest hill on Earth, an acknowledgement of the nearly inconceivable amounts of ore being mined there. In 1910 alone, 284 million pounds of copper ore were extracted from the Butte area. “Butte electrified America,” said Dori Skrukrud, the community development coordinator for the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow. “Butte provided the metals to win world wars. But it paid a significant price.”
The developing Silver Bow Creek Greenway in Montana is a key player in the tail end of a decades-long environmental restoration effort in the Butte Area. | Courtesy Silver Bow Creek Greenway
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A View From … The Great American Rail-Trail
January 23, 2019
Imagine what’s possible with a trail that connects the country. That vision will become a reality thanks to the Great American Rail-Trail, a signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the organization’s most ambitious TrailNation™ project yet.
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington | Photo by TrailLink user biggerdawg
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Prescribe-a-Trail: Walking to Happier and Healthier Lifestyles in Greater Philly
November 17, 2018
Prescribe-a-Trail (PAT) is a program in which Philadelphia-area hospitals and health-care organizations lead outings on local trails along the Circuit Trails network.
Prescribe-a-Trail walkers at Valley Forge National Historical Park | Photo by Roy Perry
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Indiana’s Cardinal Greenway
September 06, 2018
Trail crossing over the White River along the Cardinal Greenway near the McCulloch Riverview Trailhead in Muncie, Indiana | Photo by Tony Valainis
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These Farm Markets and Gardens Are Inspiring Health on America’s Trails
August 09, 2018
What’s better than a farmers’ market or community garden for providing locally grown food and encouraging good eating? Why, a market or garden next to a trail, of course!
Urban Tilth community garden | Photo courtesy Urban Tilth
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2020 Vision: New York’s “Empire State Trail” Is Making Trails a Main Attraction
August 09, 2018
Empire State Trail (EST): Shaped like a giant sideways T intersecting near Albany, the EST will connect three corners of the state: Manhattan, Buffalo and the Canadian border near Lake Champlain.
A jogger on the Hudson River Valley Greenway catches the last rays of the day’s light as the sun sets behind the New Jersey skyline. | Photo by Scott Stark
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San Diego’s Bayshore Bikeway Photo Essay
July 23, 2018
The Bayshore Bikeway is a growing 16-mile trail encircling the San Diego Bay and connecting the region’s natural and cultural treasures.
A Bayshore Bikeway cyclist navigates an intersection about 4.5 miles south of the City of Coronado, near the Silver Strand State Beach. The park features a long stretch of sandy beach along the Pacific coastline. | Photo by Cindy Barks
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Ohio to Erie Trail Photo Essay
July 21, 2018
Experience the Ohio to Erie Trail, as told through the eyes of four friends who pedaled more than 350 miles on the pathway.
“It was a fantastic experience that really opened my eyes to the potential of a well-planned-out trail system,” said Karidis. “Pick friends to ride with who make you laugh and enjoy each moment—you are lucky.” Wille Karidis, Eric Oberg, Eli Griffen and Marty Cader ready for an adventure on the Ohio to Erie Trail | Photo by Marty Cader