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RTC’s resource library is the nation’s foremost curation of timely research, articles and cutting-edge resources for the trails, walking and bicycling movement.

This free and ever-expanding collection of materials covers the latest, timely topics within equitable trail development and advocacy to engagement and promoting trail use.

How to Use This Library

To find relevant resources: 1) Fill in a search term in the field below; 2) Customize your results using the options provided; 3) Hit the “Search” button.

  • Published By: Choose to search all authors or just RTC-published materials.
  • Resource Type: Narrow your search to a specific type of document.
  • State and Tag: Use to narrow your geographic location and subject matter.
  • Popular: View webinars | View state policy examples


Trail Building
Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment 2024
May 07, 2024
Tags: Building Trails Connected Systems Corridor Research Corridors and Railbanking Economic Impact Great American Rail-Trail Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Maryland Montana Nebraska Ohio Pennsylvania Trail Building Trail Planning TrailNation Washington Washington, DC West Virginia Wyoming
Nebraska’s Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail | Photo by TrailLink user mbcallawa
Trail Planning
Next Level Trails: Real Estate Guidelines & Procedures Handbook
April 29, 2024
Tags: Acquisition Building Trails Funding Indiana Trail Planning
Indianapolis Cultural Trail | Photo by TrailLink user lunariver
Trail Planning
San Diego Regional Bike Plan Case Study
February 17, 2024
Tags: California Trail Planning
TrailNation Playbook
America’s Rail-with-Trail List
September 19, 2023
Tags: Rail-with-Trail Trail Planning TrailNation Playbook
Kara Patajo @YourNorthWestieBestie on the Olympic Discovery Trail | Photo courtesy Kara Patajo
Trail Planning
DOT/ FHWA Technical Assistance Compilation
September 01, 2023
Tags: Active Transportation Equity Financing/Funding Resiliency Safety Trail Planning
Trail Planning
Trails and Resilience: Review of the Role of Trails in Climate Resilience and Emergency Response
May 01, 2023
Tags: Environment Maintenance Resiliency Safety Trail Planning
Trail Planning
WEBINAR – Trails & Utilities: A Powerful Partnership
November 02, 2022
Tags: Trail Planning
Trail Planning
PECO Trail ROW Guidelines
November 01, 2022
Tags: Pennsylvania Trail Planning
Trail Planning
WEBINAR – Trail Networks and Housing Stability Part 3: Affordable Housing Planning and Policy Strategies
June 08, 2022
Tags: Trail Planning
Trail Planning
WEBINAR – Trail Networks and Housing Stability Part 2: Affordable Housing Development
May 18, 2022
Tags: Trail Planning
Abandonment stock image - Photo courtesy Getty Images

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