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Sacramento River Trail | Photo by Melody Revnak, courtesy of the City of Redding

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In 2007, RTC began recognizing exemplary rail-trails around the country through its Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame trails have been selected based on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution.

Trails inducted into the Hall of Fame receive a variety of honors, including special signage to place along their trails, a Trail of the Month feature and a highlight in Rails to Trails magazine. View Hall of Fame gallery.

2023 Inductee

California’s Sacramento River Rail Trail and Trail

Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), the nation’s largest trails advocacy organization, today announced that California’s Sacramento River Rail Trail and Sacramento River Trail will be inducted to its iconic Hall of Fame.

Nestled beneath the Cascade and Trinity mountains, the trails provide 21 miles of transportation and recreation along California’s largest river. The trail pair was selected for outstanding merits, including RTC’s expanded eligibility criteria this year, which prioritizes multiuse trails that deliver exceptional accessibility and user experience, and contributions to the connectivity of regional trail and active transportation systems.

Diestelhorst to Downtown ride | Photo courtesy City of Redding

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Pennsylvania's Great Allegheny Passage (gap.org) | Photo by Milo Bateman
Pennsylvania’s Great Allegheny Passage (gap.org) | Photo by Milo Bateman
The 240-mile Katy Trail State Park in Missouri was one of the first railbanked rail-trails in the country. | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman
The 240-mile Katy Trail State Park in Missour | Photo by Aaron Fuhrman
Florida's Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail | Photo by TrailLink user gmquesada
Florida’s Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail | Photo by TrailLink user gmquesada
Washington's Burke-Gilman Trail | Photo by Ervin Vice
Washington’s Burke-Gilman Trail | Photo by Ervin Vice
Minuteman Bikeway | Photo courtesy Friends Lexington Bikeway
Minuteman Bikeway | Photo courtesy Friends Lexington Bikeway
Illinois Prairie Path | Photo by TrailLink user dj123_45
Illinois Prairie Path | Photo by TrailLink user dj123_45
Wisconsin's Elroy-Sparta State Trail | Photo by Eric Reischl Photography
Wisconsin’s Elroy-Sparta State Trail | Photo by Eric Reischl Photography
California's Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
California’s Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
W&OD Trail in Virginia | Photo by Scott Stark
W&OD Trail in Virginia | Photo by Scott Stark
Indiana's Monon Trail | Courtesy of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation
Indiana’s Monon Trail | Courtesy of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation
Georgia's Silver Comet Trail | Photo by Clara Williams
Georgia’s Silver Comet Trail | Photo by Clara Williams
Chief Ladiga Trail sign | Photo by Ed Coleman
Chief Ladiga Trail sign | Photo by Ed Coleman
Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path | Photo by TrailLink user yaeldvir
Rhode Island’s East Bay Bike Path | Photo by TrailLink user yaeldvir
Michigan's Pere Marquette Rail-Trail | Photo by Chris Collins
Michigan’s Pere Marquette Rail-Trail | Photo by Chris Collins
RTC's Jorge Brito and Ryan Chao on the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Ohio during RTC's 2019 Trailblazer Ride | Courtesy RTC
Little Miami Scenic Trail in Ohio | Photo Courtesy RTC
Paul Bunyan State Trail in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user gladbrook33
Paul Bunyan State Trail in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user gladbrook33
Iowa's Wabash Trace Nature Trail | Photo by Martha Wicker
Iowa’s Wabash Trace Nature Trail | Photo by Martha Wicker
Kansas' Prairie Spirit Rail Trail | Photo by Trent McCown
Kansas’ Prairie Spirit Rail Trail | Photo by Trent McCown
Oregon's Springwater Corridor | Photo by TrailLink user dabiker
Oregon’s Springwater Corridor | Photo by TrailLink user dabiker
New York's High Line | Photo by Scott Stark
New York’s High Line | Photo by Scott Stark
South Dakota's George S. Mickelson Trail | Photo by Russ Tiensvold
South Dakota’s George S. Mickelson Trail | Photo by Russ Tiensvold
Arizona's Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
Arizona’s Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
Iron King Trail | Photo by TrailLink user anthony.malovrh
Iron King Trail | Photo by TrailLink user anthony.malovrh
Long, straight stretches of the Longleaf Trace are popular with local cyclists. | Photo by Jake Lynch
Longleaf Trace | Photo by Jake Lynch
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes | Photo by Lisa James
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes | Photo by Lisa James
Idaho's Route of the Hiawatha | Photo by Kenneth Baker
Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha | Photo by Kenneth Baker
Utah's Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail | Photo by TrailLink user darynlisa
Utah’s Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail | Photo by TrailLink user darynlisa
The corridor for the 13.4-mile Island Line Rail Trail (Burlington Bike Path) in Vermont was the subject of the most influential rail-trail court case in history, which reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. | Courtesy RTC
Island Line Rail Trail | Photo Courtesy RTC
West Virginia's Greenbrier River Trail | Photo by TrailLink user Lisa Jarnigan
West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail | Photo by TrailLink user Lisa Jarnigan
Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo by Anthony Le
Virginia Creeper Trail | Photo by Anthony Le
Pennsylvania's Heritage Rail Trail County Park | Photo by John Gensor
Pennsylvania’s Heritage Rail Trail County Park | Photo by John Gensor
Maryland's Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail | Photo by Katie Harris
Maryland’s Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail | Photo by Katie Harris
Midtown Greenway in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user armstrong9543
Midtown Greenway in Minnesota | Photo by TrailLink user armstrong9543
Hudson River Valley Greenway | Photo by Scott Stark
Hudson River Valley Greenway | Photo by Scott Stark
Louisiana's Tammany Trace | Photo courtesy St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana’s Tammany Trace | Photo courtesy St. Tammany Parish
Indiana’s Cardinal Greenway | Photo by Tony Valainis, courtesy RTC
Indiana’s Cardinal Greenway | Photo by Tony Valainis, courtesy RTC
Mississippi's Tanglefoot Trail | Photo by TrailLink user Terry Cochran
Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail | Photo by TrailLink user Terry Cochran
West Virginia's Caperton Trail, part of the Mon River Trail System | Photo by James Riel
West Virginia’s Caperton Trail, part of the Mon River Trail System | Photo by James Riel
Iowa's Raccoon River Valley Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
Iowa’s Raccoon River Valley Trail | Photo by Carol Alexander
Maine's Eastern Trail was inducted into the 2022 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame | Photo courtesy Eastern Trail Alliance
Maine’s Eastern Trail | Photo courtesy Eastern Trail Alliance
California's Sacramento River Trail | Photo by Melody Revnak
California’s Sacramento River Trail | Photo by Melody Revnak