Since 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has served as the national voice for the rail-trail movement. As the country’s largest trails organization, it’s our job to speak up for trails, showcasing the incredible impact that trails have on strengthening and transforming communities, and elevating the passionate work of trail supporters and advocates. View our latest interactive Impact Report to learn how we’re turning vision into reality.
Great American Rail-Trail
The Great American Rail-Trail is RTC's flagship initiative to create a multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State. View the preferred route map or take action to support the trail.
TrailLink by RTC
RTC's TrailLink website and mobile app is the premier trail-finder website in the nation, which to date has documented 40,000+ miles of multiuse trails around the country. Find a trail near your using the search below.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) visionary TrailNationTM initiative is redefining how we build trail networks nationwide and the impact these equitable trail systems can have on people and places.
RTC’s TrailNation initiative encompasses model trail network projects that connect across city, county, multi-county and multi-state lines.
RTC’s TrailNation™ Playbook curates case studies, best practices and tools developed alongside partners on our TrailNation projects to stimulate trail network development nationwide.
Join the TrailNation™ Collaborative: a multi-disciplinary learning community that offers proven tools and methods to establish and grow trail networks across the country.
Our Trail Moments initiative lifts up the voices and experiences of diverse trail users across the country, centering on real people and their stories of how trails add value to their lives. Since its September 2020 launch, more than 2,000 people have shared their stories in English and in Spanish.
Rails to Trails magazine is published four times a year—three in print, one digital—by RTC. Subscribe now to get special features on remarkable rail-trails and trail-networks while also supporting RTC's work.
Hosted on the third Saturday of April, Celebrate Trails Day is an annual spring celebration of America’s trails. Started by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in 2013, the celebration encourages people all across the country to get outside and enjoy the nation’s exceptional trails and trail systems. Save the date for April 27, 2024.
The Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award honors supporters who have made significant contributions to the rail-trail movement through their work, volunteerism or support.
Since 2007, RTC has recognized rail-trails around the country through the Hall of Fame, honoring scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and community connections.
RTC provides best practices and trail planning resources, technical support and capacity-building grants to rural, suburban and urban communities seeking to connect their trail systems and create joyful, vibrant, equitable and inclusive public spaces.
Photo courtesy West Virginia State Parks
RTC's research program conducts original research that advances our understanding of trail networks and the overall effects on communities, including connectivity, health, equity, environmental sustainability and economic outcomes.
RTC protects trails by continuing to lead the national effort to shape the legal framework around rail-trails and defend them in the courts. Since 1983, we’ve been involved in 60+ legal cases, including landmark state and federal cases that have laid the groundwork for the national trails movement.