Our TrailNation projects are redefining what it means to build trail networks and what trail networks can mean for people and places.
San Francisco Bay Trail | Photo by Cindy Barks
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.
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.
Since 2008, we have awarded more than $1.7 million to trails projects and provided technical assistance to trail managers, operators and friends groups.
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.
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.
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.
High Trestle Trail | Photo by David V. Johnson
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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.Learn More
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.