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Focus Term: Great American Rail-Trail


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Seven Ways Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Brought Big Impact in 2019
December 05, 2019
This year, America and the rail-trail movement saw giant leaps, and small-but-no-less-important bounds, that have helped to achieve RTC’s goal of connecting the country by trail like never before.
Great American Rail-Trail preferred route reveal in South Cle Elum, Washington | Photo by Kathy Young
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Former Rails-to-Trails President Keith Laughlin Named 2019 Rail-Trail Champion
December 02, 2019
Former Rails-to-Trails President Keith Laughlin Named 2019 Rail-Trail Champion. When Keith Laughlin became the second president of RTC in 2001, he did not envision he’d help usher in a golden age for trails.
Keith Laughlin riding Caracara Trails | Photo courtesy RTC
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A Q&A With Ryan Chao: Connecting Communities from Coast to Coast
November 13, 2019
I had the pleasure of chatting with President Ryan Chao on how RTC is making this work happen in collaboration with thousands of partners and trail advocates across the country.
GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail in South Carolina | Photo by Ian Curcio
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The Great American Rail-Trail Experience: Connections to Our National Scenic and Historic Trails
November 12, 2019
The Great American Rail-Trail’s own unique journey through 12 states and the District of Columbia, combined with its ties to both National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails, offers an enriching and meaningful lens through which to see the country.
Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail in Thompson Park | Photo by TrailLink user jdodge_tl
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A Serious Injury Changed Cyclist Ian Mackay’s Life. Trails Helped Him Rebuild It.
August 27, 2019
A motorized wheelchair powered by sip-and-puff inputs coupled with the ever-improving voice recognition capabilities of a smartphone offered Mackay a degree of independence, and allowed him to get outside without a caregiver at his side at all times.
Ian Mackay, founder of Ian's Ride (second from left), at the foot of Mount Rainier with friends Jesse Collens, Kenny Salvini and Todd Stabelfeldt | Photo by Teena Woodward
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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
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Wyoming’s Platte River Trail
June 07, 2019
A momentary pause on the Platte River Trail might yield a glimpse of a pronghorn antelope or mule deer darting through the underbrush, or an eagle or osprey searching for a meal in the river.
Along the Platte River Trail by the Tate Pumphouse | Photo courtesy Platte River Trails
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Iowa’s Cedar Valley Nature Trail
May 14, 2019
Depending on who you ask, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is either 52 miles long (the original length) or about 67 miles thanks to extension projects in Linn County.
Cedar Valley Nature Trail | Photo by Liz Zabel, courtesy GO Cedar Rapids
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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