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Southern New Mexico’s Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail Preserves Unique Piece of Railroad History
July 26, 2021
The Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail is one of a network of trails rooted in the history of the Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway (A&SM), also known as the Cloud-Climbing Railroad.
The 122-year-old Cloud-Climbing Trestle, also known as the Mexican Canyon Trestle | Photo by Cindy Barks
History Along the Great American Rail-Trail: A Kick-Off With the Creators
June 14, 2021™, RTC’s national trail-finder website, embarked on an ambitious historical exploration of the developing Great American Rail-Trail.
Capital Crescent Trail in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Jon Lowenstein
The Legacy of White Buffalo Girl, and the Resiliency of a People
June 04, 2021
In Laurel Hill Cemetery just outside the town of Neligh, Nebraska, stands a gravestone. Here lies White Buffalo Girl.
Volunteers participate in a sacred corn planting in 2019, sowing the seeds by hand. | Photo by Alex Matzke, courtesy Bold Nebraska
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/
A Vermont Rail-Trail Leads to the New York Public Library
December 17, 2020
Some 110 years later, thanks to the efforts of four southern Vermonters, the Manchester Rail Trail guides visitors on the remarkable journey of that marble from quarries in Dorset to the finishing mill in Manchester to New York City.
Along the Manchester Rail Trail in Vermont | Photo by Robin Verner
Washington, D.C., and Maryland’s Anacostia River Trail
August 13, 2020
The Anacostia River Trail, a 20-mile route along the city’s eastern waterway that offers an extraordinary tapestry of experiences on its journey to Bladensburg, Maryland.
Anacostia River views from the trail | Photo by Joe Flood
Lose Yourself on a Literary Trail
April 20, 2020
Just as trails physically knit together communities and strengthen bodies, books have the power to connect individuals and strengthen minds. Celebrate World Book Day (March), National Library Week (April) and Book Lovers Day (August) with a trip down these literary-themed trails.
Alex Haley Heritage Square in Knoxville, TN | Photo by Brent Moore
North Carolina’s Thermal Belt Rail Trail
February 11, 2020
Today, the 13.58-mile Thermal Belt Rail Trail lies where the old Southern Railroad, and later the Thermal Belt Railway, once ran. The trail has been a boon for Rutherford County on a number of levels.
Thermal Belt Rail Trail bridge over Highway 74 | Photo by Dana Bradley
Connectivity Evolution: Examining a Decade of Rails-to-Trails’ Impact, 2010–2020
December 31, 2019
Here’s a look at RTC and a decade of rail-trails—their power and their impact. As the 2010s built momentum, opportunities to maximize the power of these essential community assets became clear.
Photo courtesy RTC
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