Vote for the 2020 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee Aug. 3-10, 2020. We’ll unveil the winner in the August 2020 edition of eNews. Sign up here.
RAIL-TRAIL HALL OF FAME
In 2007, RTC began recognizing exemplary rail-trails around the country through its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. We select inductees on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution.
Hall of fame rail-trails receive a variety of honors, including special signage to place along their trails, a Trail of the Month feature and a highlight in Rails to Trails magazine. View Hall of Fame gallery.
The ballot box is open Aug. 3-10, and you can vote as many times as you want before the deadline! And just as you’d proudly slap on that “I Voted!” sticker, you can also encourage others to participate by using the social media using hashtag #RailTrailHOF. We’ll unveil the winner in the August 2020 edition of eNews.VOTE NOW
1California's Iron Horse Regional Trail
Length/Surface: 32 miles, asphalt
Interesting Fact: The Iron Horse Regional Trail is also part of a broader trail network effort by the Bay Area Trails Collaborative that will span 2,700 miles and connect dozens of urban and rural communities across nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
2Illinois' Major Taylor Trail
Length/Surface: 7.6 miles, asphalt
Interesting Fact: The trail was named after and is lined with murals celebrating Marshall “Major” Taylor, a Black cyclist who set several world records and won numerous races all over the world in the late 19th century.
3West Virginia's Mon River Rail-Trail System
Length/Surface: 48 miles; crushed stone, asphalt
Interesting Fact: The Mon River Rail-Trail System is made up of the Mon River, Caperton and Deckers Creek trails, and it has connections to the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition’s developing 1,500-miles-plus multiuse trail network.
Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
- Great Allegheny Passage (Maryland/Pennsylvania)
- Katy Trail State Park (Missouri)
- Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail (Florida)
- Burke-Gilman Trail (Washington)
- Minuteman Commuter Bikeway (Massachusetts)
- Illinois Prairie Path (Illinois)
- Elroy-Sparta State Trail (Wisconsin)
- Bizz Johnson Trail (California)
- W&OD Trail (Virginia)
- Monon Trail (Indiana)
- Silver Comet (Georgia) and Chief Ladiga trails (Alabama)
- East Bay Bicycle Path (Rhode Island)
- Pere Marquette Rail-Trail of Michigan
- Little Miami Scenic Trail (Ohio)
- Paul Bunyan State Trail (Minnesota)
- Wabash Trace Nature Trail (Iowa)
- Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park (Kansas)
- Springwater Corridor (Oregon)
- High Line (New York)
- George S. Mickelson Trail (South Dakota)
- Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail and Iron King Trail (Arizona)
- Longleaf Trace (Mississippi)
- Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Route of the Hiawatha (Idaho)
- Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park (Utah)
- Island Line Rail Trail (Vermont)
- Greenbrier River Trail (West Virginia)
- Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail (Virginia)
- Heritage Rail Trail County Park (Pennsylvania) and Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (Maryland)
- Midtown Greenway (Minnesota)
- Hudson Valley Trail Network (New York)
- Tammany Trace (Louisiana)
- Cardinal Greenway (Indiana)
- Tanglefoot Trail (Mississippi)