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Gearing Up for a Cross-Country Trail Trek Webinar
April 18, 2024
Join us for a conversation about gearing up for a cross-country trail trek and what it takes to travel across the country by trail!
Elements of Gold: Michigan’s Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Is a Special Place for All Seasons
April 08, 2024
The Pere Marquette Rail-Trail is like a gold standard for the quality of the trail and the upkeep and something people can enjoy all the time.
The Tridge along the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail in Michigan | Photo by Cory Matteson
Rail-Trail Running for Beginners
April 04, 2024
Rail-trails offer a fantastic option for a beginning running program. Since they’re mostly off road, you don’t have to worry about cars.
Trail runners in Baltimore, MD | Photo by Allison Abruscato
Ways to Celebrate Trails
March 13, 2024
Trails deliver joy. Every year since 2013, we hold a big springtime celebration for America’s trails and invite everyone to join us.
Photo courtesy Getty Images
Trail Moments | Running for Good Health and a Good Cause
July 05, 2023
Unfortunately, runners can get injured for a variety of reasons—as I have learned from experience. To reduce this from happening for others, I wanted to share what I’ve learned from my education and from my own running journey.
Trail run along West Virginia's Mon River Trail | Photo by Guy Monteleone
Hiking Hacks: Long-Distance Prep Tips and Tricks for Rail-Trails 101
February 14, 2023
A long-distance hike can truly be the adventure of a lifetime. With rail-trail thru hiking becoming more and more popular every day, I wanted to share some knowledge I’ve learn over the many years and thousands of miles I’ve spent on hiking and rail-trails about the world.
On the Appalachian Trail in 2021 | Photo courtesy Retha Charette
Ohio Students Venture Into the Wild
November 09, 2022
“We should be exposing our students to lifelong physical activity and should be helping them develop the skills and confidence to enjoy those activities,” said Jack Hatert, principal of McKinney Middle School. “Our schools are the heartbeat of a cycling community, and we have to pass the passion on to our students.”
Packed up for the return trip at Morgan's Riverside Campground | Photo courtesy McKinney Middle School
Trail Moments | Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream on the Great American Rail-Trail
November 03, 2022
Family, work and life combined with the Great American Rail-Trail announcement to push me toward a commitment to a long-distance bike trip.
Arriving home at the end of the Great American Rail-Trail journey | Photo courtesy David Berrigan
Swap Out a Car Trip for a Trail Trip With These Tips and Tricks
August 31, 2022
Team Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is embarking on an eight-week “Swap-a-Trip” challenge while getting the physical and mental health benefits to boot.
Along the Great Rivers Greenway trail network in St. Louis, Missouri | Photo courtesy Great Rivers Greenway
Trail Moments | Tips for Outdoor Outings With Your Kids
August 04, 2022
As someone who has hiked, biked, skied, climbed and simply enjoyed being outside in nature and beyond with her family, Chelsea Murphy had a lot of wisdom to share.
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail | Courtesy of Chelsea Murphy