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Louisiana’s Tammany Trace
August 16, 2017
Spanning 27 miles, the Tammany Trace is a Southern belle nestled in the pristine natural surroundings of New Orleans.
The trail winds through St. Tammany Parish towns and green spaces | Courtesy
Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Rail Trail
July 06, 2017
Nestled in an iconic vacation destination about 75 miles down the coast from Boston, the flavor of the Cape Cod Rail Trail is pure summertime.
Photo courtesy The Shared Experience | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Maryland and Washington, D.C.’s Capital Crescent Trail
June 13, 2017
Forming an emerald arc around western portion of the District of Columbia, the Capital Crescent Trail connects Washington to its Maryland suburbs.
View of Potomac River along Capital Crescent Trail | Photo by Milo Bateman
10 Trails Named After Influential Women
March 08, 2017
For Women’s History Month, we honor this visionary woman and others who have made extraordinary impacts in their own communities and for the nation. In some cases, their legacy lives on in the names of trails that are used and loved by communities.
Sacagawea statue | Photo courtesy Charles Dawley | CC by 2.0
Honoring the Legacy of African-American Cycling Legend Major Taylor
February 16, 2017
In the late 1890s, an African-American dynamo exploded onto the bicycle racing scene at record-breaking speeds: Marshall “Major” Taylor.
Taylor on the chainless bicycle on which he won the world championship and broke world records in 1899. Uncredited photo, Taylor scrapbook. | Courtesy Major Taylor Association, Inc.
Rails-to-Trails Visionary and Conservancy Co-Founder David Burwell Passes Away
February 05, 2017
On the anniversary of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC's) founding, rail-trail visionary and co-founder David Burwell passed away on Feb. 1, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with leukemia.
David Burwell with his wife Irene and mother Barbara in 2002 | Photo courtesy Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
How May T. Watts Inspired the Illinois Prairie Path and U.S. Rail-Trail Movement
March 14, 2016
May Theilgaard Watts was a writer, illustrator, naturalist, scientist and teacher. Her determination that Americans stay connected to their natural landscape in a time of increasing urbanization was the catalyst that led to the formation of the Illinois Prairie Path,
Illinois Prairie Path | Trail photo courtesy David Wilson | CC by 2.0 | Photo of Watts by Isabel Wasson
30 Years: Birth and Evolution of the American Rail-Trail Movement
March 10, 2016
In 2016, RTC celebrated its 30th anniversary and the birth and evolution of the American Rail-Trail Movement.
Montour Trail in Pennsylvania | Photo courtesy Jim Brown
10 Rail-Trails That Helped Build the Movement
February 11, 2016
In honor of RTC’s 30th anniversary, here are 10 game-changers of the rail-trail movement.
The High Line in New York City | Photo by Adrian Cabrero
Three Women Who Changed the Course of History On Bicycles
October 19, 2015
Susan B. Anthony, famed suffragette leader and women’s rights reformer, once said of the bicycle, “I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.”
“La bicycliste et caricature, 1897” by Montorgueil, Georges, 1857-1933 (creator) Somm, Henry, 1844-1907 (illustrator) – This image is available from the Brown University Library under the digital ID 1123259547400435. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.