Uniting A TrailNation™

Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail | Photo by Richard T. Bower

Connecting the Industrial Heartland

This video series explores how the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC), a developing 1,500-mile trail network experience across 51 counties and four states—Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York—will have an impact on the region for economic development and job creation, tourism, recreation, connectivity and overall quality of life. Hear from the voices on the ground of this RTC TrailNation™ project.

Produced by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition.


Explore how trails in the IHTC network have served as drivers of tourism and economic opportunity—the more connectivity, the more potential impact of tourism in the community. 

Featuring: Amy Camp, Cycle Forward; Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association; and Ann Nemanic, Laurel Highlands

Community Development 

Learn more about the integral role of trails in the development, recovery and long-term resilience and sustainability of communities throughout the IHTC region.

Featuring: Kent Spellman, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Kim Harris, Oil Region Alliance; Amanda Pitzer, Friends of the Cheat


This video and panel discussion explores how thriving trails and trail networks are creating opportunities for local and regional business development.

Featuring: Cathy McCollom, McCollom Development Strategies; Shae Strait, City of Fairmont, West Virginia; Caytlin Lusk, Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority

Leadership from Elected Officials

Learn more about what it takes to engage local and state elected officials in trail network development, and how their vision and leadership can be vital to trail-driven recovery and resilience strategies in the IHTC region and beyond.

Featuring: Brian Housh, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Jenny Selin, Morgantown City Council; Rep. Kent Smith, Ohio House of Representatives; Chip Abramovic, Venango County Commissioner, Pennsylvania; Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, Euclid, Ohio; Mayor Gregory Bricker, East Liverpool, Ohio; Mayor Pete Wilson, Lisbon, Ohio; Rep. Catherine D. Ingram, Ohio House of Representatives