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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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Rails To Trails Magazine 2019 Fall cover
Rails To Trails Magazine 2019 Fall cover

2019 Fall Issue

Reclamation. That’s a theme that really resonates in this issue, which focuses on preserving our cultural heritage and re-envisioning a new shared future for two of America’s most historically significant corridors along the Great American Rail-Trail and beyond.

  • Learn how new projects on the developing 200-miles-plus Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail in Washington State are creating vital off-road connections and transforming the old “Milwaukee Road” railroad corridor into America’s next great adventure trail.
  • Explore how the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath is serving as a historical legacy and economic asset for Maryland and Washington, D.C.
  • Get to know Ian Mackay, who rebuilt his life on trails after a tragic bicycling accident left him paralyzed.
  • Find out how Keith Laughlin, our 2019 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champion, helped lead a mass evolution of the trail movement over nearly two decades.
  • Take an inside look at Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail, our 2019 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee.
  • And much more!

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

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

A motorized wheelchair powered by sip-and-puff inputs coupled with the ever-improving voice recognition capabilities of a smartphone offered Mackay a...

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Rails-to-Trails' President Ryan Chao on Connecting America by Trail

Rails-to-Trails' President Ryan Chao on Connecting America by Trail

Thank you for welcoming me into your community. I’m delighted to join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) as its third president and to partner with you...

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

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

When complete, the Great American Rail-Trail will span more than 3,700 miles across 12 states and the District of Columbia—connecting Washington,...

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