Trails add value to our lives in so many ways—increasing our mobility, improving our health, spurring economic development and job creation, protecting our environment and creating powerful connections within, to and across communities.

Benefits of Trails

What We Do

Trail Projects

We help communities meet the dynamic challenges of trail development for the creation of successful multi-use pathways.

Trail-Building Services

We work with communities large and small to ensure the creation of valuable—and valued—public assets.

Policy Work

We steadfastly advocate for state and federal policies and funding programs that make trail development and walking/biking infrastructure possible.

Trail Promotion

Recognizing and highlighting excellent trails—and the people who make them possible—is part of our daily work.

Partnerships

We collaborate with a diverse range of partners to make vibrant trails and regional trail networks a reality.

Legal Program

The nation’s foremost nonprofit advocate for rail-trails, we continuously work to create and protect the legal structures that make them possible.

Research and Info

RTC leads the implementation of cutting-edge research exploring the impact of trail use and walking/biking infrastructure.  

Trail Mapping and GIS

To date, we’ve mapped more than 25,000 miles of trails and trail amenities through our national Geographic Information system (GIS). 

Building Communities

Our commitment to supporting local communities is driven by the knowledge that trails have the power to change and impact lives.

Grants

Our grant programs support organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve rail-trails.

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About Us

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

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Notice: Upcoming Railroad Abandonment in Montgomery County, OH

On or about March 15, 2017, Norfolk Southern Railway Company filed for the abandonment of 6.5 miles of track in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. We are providing this information because it presents an opportunity to develop a real regional asset.

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Trail of the Month: Indiana’s Nickel Plate Trail

In the spring, when the corn shoots up from the ground and the trees are full of life again, the Nickel Plate Trail really becomes a thing of beauty.

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Help support Rails-to-Trails Conservancy! Generous support from trail lovers like you helps us build, maintain, defend and connect trails and trail corridors across the country.

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