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Focus Term: Wild and Wonderful

Wisconsin’s Ozaukee Interurban Trail
April 07, 2023
This is the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, a paved, 30-mile route flanking the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan through the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Ozaukee Interurban Trail in Cedarburg | Photo courtesy Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department
Wildlife Viewing Along the Great American Rail-Trail
March 14, 2023
Beautiful scenery and connections with nature are almost guaranteed when you spend time on a trail, and the experience can be even richer when you spot local wildlife along the way.  

Iowa's High Trestle Trail overlook | Photo by Kyle Neuendorf, courtesy Boone County Conservation Department
Five Leaf-Peeping Destinations Along the Great American Rail-Tail
October 26, 2022
View five leaf-peeping destinations along the Great American Rail-Tail, a 3,700-mile developing cross country trail.
Washington's Olympic Discovery Trail | Photo by TrailLink user stevelee73
Trail Moments | By Sight & Sound: Tips for Birding Beginners
May 30, 2022
I love birding for many reasons. In addition to exposing us to the wonder and beauty of birds and the natural world, birding can help us become better listeners and observers, as well as more careful and detailed thinkers.
Keith Russell leading a bird walk at Philadelphia's Discovery Center | Photo by Gregory Walker
Alaska’s Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail
May 13, 2021
The Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail is a beautiful oasis in the middle of Anchorage, Alaska. Running east to west from Goose Lake Park to Westchester Lagoon.
Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail | Courtesy Erin Kirkland
Trail Moments | Philly Birder Takes Fledgling Bird Enthusiasts Under His Wing
September 01, 2020
The red-headed woodpecker stood out among the new spring foliage of the northern Philadelphia park and sent a ripple of delight through the group of rookie birders that Keith Russell was leading down the path.
Birdwatching in Tacony Creek Park | Courtesy Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership
America’s Most Unique Trailside Attractions
July 27, 2020
Here’s our developing list of (currently) 28 of the most unique trailside attractions in America. Fun fact: Many of the trails featured fall within the footprint of the Great American Rail-Trail
Longeberger Basket Company former world headquarters along the T.J. Evans Panhandle Trail in Ohio | BY-NC-ND 2.0
Saving America’s Prairies: Illinois Leaders and Rail-Trail Advocates Work to Restore a Dwindling System
July 14, 2020
In Illinois, a good portion of what remains is found almost exclusively along the railroad corridors that crisscross swaths of intensely farmed, highly prized agricultural land.
Prairie Grassland along the Heartland Pathways in Illinois | Photo by Chris Bucher
Montana’s Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park)
May 11, 2020
Framed by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Montana’s Milwaukee Road Rail-Trail (Thompson Park) sits roughly equidistant between two national parks—just a half-day’s drive from both Yellowstone and Glacier.
Milwaukee Road Rail Trail in Thompson Park | Photo by Preston Keres, courtesy USDA Forest Service
Seven Bucket List Rail-Trail Destinations Around the World
September 27, 2019
Thousands more miles of rail-trails are available all across the globe. For World Tourism Day, we thought we’d take a look a few bucket list international rail-trail destinations.
New Zealand's Otago Central Rail Trail | Photo courtesy Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust