A Trail That Connects The Country

The Great American Rail-Trail® is the nation’s first cross-country multiuse trail, stretching more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State. This trail is an iconic piece of American infrastructure that will connect thousands of miles of rail-trails and other multiuse trails, serving tens of millions of people living along the route as well as those who visit the trail from around the country and the world.

2023 Great American Rail-Trail Progress

Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic state map
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic Public and private funds secured for Great American Rail-Trail segments since 2019
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic Trail mileage in development
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic Miles added to the route since May 2019
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic states and total miles
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic percentage complete
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic visitor spending and new jobs
Great American Rail-Trail 2023 infographic in new tax revenue and trips


The Vision of the Great American Rail-Trail

Picture yourself … pedaling across the entire country on a safe, seamless and scenic pathway—or walking a local trail that connects along historic routes. Imagine the incomparable experience of exploring America’s heritage by trail—its potential, its beauty and bounty, its people and places. Consider the economic opportunities and the benefits for communities along the route of a multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles between Washington and Washington. Learn more about the vision of the Great American Rail-Trail.

The Great American Experience

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“A trail is something all people and animals can find enjoyment in. The more access we have to these trails, the more connected we can all be.”

—Bree Corbin, Noodle’s (@NoodsterScootster) parent

You can help complete the Great American Rail-Trail by donating.


Discovering America: Reconnecting People and Places

50 million people within 50 miles of the trail Infographic

The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the worldonly the limits of imagination will limit its use. Learn more about the preferred route.

Great American Rail-Trail branded map
Great American Rail-Trail Preferred Route



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Be a Part of the Movement to Complete the Great American

Like you, we can’t wait to see the Great American Rail-Trail vision come to life—but we can’t do it alone. Help us reach 1 million pledges for the Great American, showing the strength and solidarity of the trails community.


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