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Our TrailNation projects are redefining what it means to build trail networks and what trail networks can mean for people and places.

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San Francisco Bay Trail | Photo by Cindy Barks

RTC tells the story of the impact that trails have on our communities through the Rails to Trails Magazine and our TrailBlog.

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Rosendale Trestle along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in New York

Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award

Since 2011, the Doppelt family has funded the Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award, which honors supporters who have made significant contributions to the rail-trail movement through their work, volunteerism or support.

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Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

Since 2007, RTC has recognized rail-trails around the country through the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, honoring scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and community connections.

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Since 2008, we have awarded more than $1.7 million to trails projects and provided technical assistance to trail managers, operators and friends groups.

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Research Into Practice

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.

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GIS and Mapping

RTC has developed a first-of-its-kind suite of research and analytics tools—including online geographic information system (GIS) modeling tools, economic impact surveys, trail count programs and forecasting tools.

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Since 1992, RTC has helped advocate for more than $15.6 billion in funds to support more than 54,000 trail and active transportation projects.

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For over 30 years, RTC has helped shape the legal framework around rail-trails in an effort to protect and advance rail-trail development in the United States.

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Building Communities

Building stronger, healthier, more connected communities is at the heart of RTC’s work—through trail programs, and walking and biking projects that bring people together in the community space that trails make possible.

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RTC establishes strong, critical connections at the national, regional, corporate and community level—all of which play an important role in ensuring trails and trail programs are supported and promoted across America.

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Launched in 2015, the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund supports organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve multi-use trails.

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High Trestle Trail | Photo by David V. Johnson

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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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Explore the History of Rail-Trails 

Check out our interactive timeline below to browse important moments in the history of RTC and trail development in America.

The Results Are In: Rails-to-Trails’ 2019 Member and Supporter Survey

The Results Are In: Rails-to-Trails’ 2019 Member and Supporter Survey

Thank you to everyone who submitted a response to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC’s) 2019 member and supporter survey. In total, we received more...

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A Grand Slam: 2019 Opening Day for Trails

A Grand Slam: 2019 Opening Day for Trails

On Saturday, April 13, people across the country kicked off the spring trail season on Opening Day for Trails (Opening Day). For the last seven years,...

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10-Mile Developing Trail Project in Burlington County, New Jersey to Provide New Bike-Ped Connections for Thousands

10-Mile Developing Trail Project in Burlington County, New Jersey to Provide New Bike-Ped Connections for Thousands

Since May 2012, a broad coalition of nonprofits, trail groups, foundations and agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey has been working to create an...

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