Trails and greenways provide a window into our history and culture by connecting people to the past. They often link and provide access to historic features, such as battlefields, bridges, buildings and canals. The preservation and highlighting of these places lets us learn about and understand the history of our nation and our communities. An embodiment of the idea of continuity, trails and greenways are an important part of preserving the past for future generations.
This fact sheet, produced by the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse (a project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) delves further into these historic preservation and community identity benefits of trails and greenways.