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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 $22 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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2024 Winter issue
2024 Winter issue

Winter 2024 Issue

Opportunity and impact—that’s the focus of this, our Winter 2024 issue of Rails to Trails.

In this issue, we:

  • Explore the legacy of community spirit and support that has made the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail Trail a beloved asset to the people of Central Michigan.

  • Get “A View From …” trail networks at the forefront of the movement to connect the nation by trail and learn how they are bringing new, equitable access to the outdoors and quality of life for millions of people.

  • Take a closer look at the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System, a transformative 101-mile trail network that connects green space, dozens of parks, major commercial areas and the University of Texas.

  • Find out the inspiration behind HBCUs Outside Founder Ron Griswell’s work to create new connections to the outdoors for students and families.

  • Examine the life of Clara McCarty Wilt—the first graduate of the University of Washington and the first woman to hold public office in Washington State—40 years before women’s suffrage. A dorm on campus—located along the Great American Rail-Trail®—honors her legacy.

  • Check out some of our favorite sites across the country for joyful, trailside winter activities.

  • Get a sneak peek at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s upcoming guidebook—Rail-Trails: Southeast.

  • And so much more!

PREVIEW WINTER 2024 ISSUE


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


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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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Rails To Trails Magazine's Green Issue 2023

Equity and Experience: Celebrating Joy and Connections in America’s Neighborhoods

Across America, there is growing recognition that everyone deserves to be able to safely walk, bike and be active outside right where they live—and that close-to-home access to the outdoors is fundamental to our well-being.

In neighborhoods nationwide, community leaders, residents and trail advocates are coming together to envision brighter futures, and trails are at the heart of those plans. They’re working to deliver trails to more people, while reconnecting residents to new opportunities for joy, healthy living and economic vitality.

In this all-multimedia issue, Rails to Trails magazine takes a closer look at the leadership, public investment and community collaboration that is fueling efforts to create and connect trails—and bring this essential infrastructure to communities that have long been disinvested and under-resourced. Through these stories, we’ll celebrate the impact that these trail systems have, inspiring deeper connections between neighbors and to the outdoors.

EXPLORE GREEN ISSUE 2023

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