Be a Part of the Movement to Complete the Great American Rail-Trail


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This is America’s trail. It will take all of us working together through advocacy, volunteerism, and fundraising to make it a reality. We need to make our voices heard in our communities, our states and at the federal level, sharing our enthusiasm for the Great American Rail-Trail. Join RTC as we work with hundreds of partners across the country to connect these trails and complete this vision.

Together, we can bring the Great American Rail-Trail to life.

The Great American Rail-Trail won’t be completed overnight, and it won’t be completed without the help of trail lovers across the country.

“[The Great American Rail-Trail] speaks to people in lots of different ways, and at a time when people are looking for and craving more connections to each other and to the places they live.”

—Liz Thorstensen, RTC Vice President of Trail Development, Rails to Trails Magazine, Spring/Summer 2019

The Great American Rail-Trail will stand alongside our country’s iconic landmarks as a national treasure. You can help by making a gift to RTC, supporting the national leadership and on-the-ground support—the work to organize people, plans and ideas; trail planning and community engagement; the advocacy and marketing that is necessary to completing the Great American Rail-Trail.


Support the Trails That Make the Great American Possible

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The Great American Rail-Trail would not be possible without 145+ existing trails across the country that will host the preferred route between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

Ensuring these trails continue to thrive requires ongoing support from state and local officials, participation from local volunteers and funding support through individual donations.


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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