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Rails to Trails Magazine

Rails to Trails magazine is dedicated to exploring America’s remarkable rail-trails and trail-networks, with a focus on the opportunities they provide and the impact they have in communities nationwide. The magazine is a benefit of membership to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), which is $18 a year, $5 of which supports the magazine. In addition to the magazine, members receive discounts on RTC gifts and publications. The magazine is published four times a year—three in print, one digitalby RTC. Subscribe now to get special features on remarkable rail-trails and trail-networks while also supporting our work.

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Latest Issue of Rails to Trails Magazine


Rails To Trails Magazine 2020 Spring/Summer cover
Rails To Trails Magazine 2020 Spring/Summer cover

Spring/Summer 2020 Issue

The transformative power of trails—that’s what we explore in this issue of Rails to Trails—which examines trail networks, spines and programs all aimed at boosting economic development, mobility, active transportation, health, environmental sustainability and social equity across whole regions.

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Features from Rails to Trails Magazine


Cover Story

From Dream to National Treasure: The Great American Rail-Trail

05/08/19 by Laura Stark,Brandi Horton

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Illustration by Anderson Design Group

Community Connections

A Serious Injury Changed Cyclist Ian Mackay’s Life. Trails Helped Him Rebuild It.

08/27/19 by Scott Stark

Ian Mackay, founder of Ian's Ride (second from left), at the foot of Mount Rainier | Photo by Teena Woodward
Ian Mackay, founder of Ian's Ride (second from left), at the foot of Mount Rainier | Photo by Teena Woodward

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A View From … The Great American Rail-Trail

01/23/19 | Laura Stark

Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington | Photo by TrailLink user biggerdawg
Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington | Photo by TrailLink user biggerdawg

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Emerging Rail-Trails

From Toxic Site to Thriving Rail-Trail: Montana's Silver Bow Creek Greenway

04/20/19 by Scott Stark

The developing Silver Bow Creek Greenway in Montana | Courtesy Silver Bow Creek Greenway
The developing Silver Bow Creek Greenway in Montana | Courtesy Silver Bow Creek Greenway

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Latest TrailBlog Featured Magazine Articles


How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region

How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region

The story of the GAP is one of vision, tenacity and transformation. But at the heart of it all, it is the story of what’s possible when people come...

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A Trail in Every Community

A Trail in Every Community

Since the spread of the pandemic, RTC has worked to respond quickly to the needs of the community—from sharing early public-health guidance on ways to...

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Four Rail-Trails That Are Part of Transformative Environmental Clean-up Projects

Four Rail-Trails That Are Part of Transformative Environmental Clean-up Projects

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary this year, Rails to Trails magazine is highlighting four rail-trails that have had a transformative...

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Green Issue Digital Features


Rails to Trails magazine is pleased to present our Green Issue each year, featuring a collection of amazing videos and slideshows highlighting America’s trails.

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Our members always have plenty to say (and write) about Rails to Trails—and we're always eager to hear it! If you enjoyed or have comments on a recent issue of the magazine, please submit a short letter to our editor. If we can—we’ll print it in the next edition! You can also contact us for former issues and articles of Rails to Trails not listed in the archive. Don't forget to check out our TrailBlog for more stories.

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