Congrats to the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee:

Iowa's Raccoon River Valley Trail


Photo courtesy RRVT Association

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.

2021 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame Inductee

Iowa's Raccoon River Valley Trail

Congratulations to the Raccoon River Valley Trail, RTC's 2021 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee, selected by national vote this summer.This 89-mile path—offering views of woodlands, prairies, public art and a unique “lighted bridge”—connects rural communities to larger cities, including Jefferson, Des Moines and Perry. The trail is also an important segment of the cross-country Great American Rail-Trail™, a flagship project of RTC that will connect Washington, D.C., and Washington State across 3,700 miles of trail.


Watch their nominee video, and view full photo essay with captions by clicking on the first photo. Scroll through the slideshow using the right and left arrows.


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