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Illinois’ Route 66 Trail Case Study
February 16, 2024
Illinois’ Route 66 Trail is a project that will help preserve one of America’s historic corridors and a spine for Illinois’ trail networks.
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Exploring Midwestern Marvels Along the Great American Rail-Trail With the Traverses
October 05, 2023
We thrive on these adventures—appreciating the unknown, the unexpected and the unique individuals we meet along the way. Being on our bicycles provides us with a sense of freedom and a way to stay attuned to the present moment.
Patrick and Shevonne Travers on a trail trip through the Midwest | Photo courtesy Patrick and Shevonne Travers
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Illinois and Indiana’s Pennsy Greenway
August 08, 2023
The 14.5-mile Pennsy Greenway now connects two counties in two states (Cook County, Illinois, and Lake County, Indiana), as well as the communities of Lansing, Illinois, and Indiana’s Munster and Schererville along the way.
Pennsy Greenway's entrance in Lansing, Illinois | Photo by TrailLink user tommyspan
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Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, Veterans Launch Therapeutic Bike Ride Across the Country on Great American Rail-Trail
May 16, 2023
Warrior Expeditions Great American Rail-Trail ride began in front of the Capitol | Photo by Albert Ting
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Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment Report 2023
May 05, 2023
RTC and its partners have defined the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail as more than 3,700 miles—with approximately 2,057 miles of existing trails (trails along the route that are built and maintained by dedicated teams of local staff and volunteers) and 1,696 miles of identified trail gaps.
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5 Rail-Trails to Awe at the Architecture
September 30, 2022
No matter your architectural penchant—you’re sure to find a building to gawk at while traversing these rail-trail architecture highlights.
Monona Terrace along Wisconsin's Capital City State Trail | Photo courtesy Travel Wisconsin
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20 Iconic Bike and Pedestrian Bridges in America
June 08, 2022
Across the country, bridges are literally serving as gateways for communities to achieve critical strides in active transportation, conservation and economic development. Here, we take a look at 20 iconic bridges and trestles in the United States (in no particular order) that have played—or are playing—transformative connectivity roles in their regions.
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge connecting Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska | Photo by Matthew Nissen
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Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment Report 2022
May 11, 2022
RTC embarked on a 12-month assessment of route options using its GIS database of more than 34,000 miles of existing trails nationwide.
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Follow Your Art: Exploring the Trailside Artwork of Bernard Williams
January 27, 2022
“Connecting art with trails is a beautiful gesture that seems to be happening more often,” reflected Bernard Williams.
Talking Wall artwork along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail | Courtesy Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.
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Top 10 Trails in Illinois
September 16, 2021
From experienced to novices, Illinois is a diverse outdoor destination. Here are just 10 of our favorite trails in Illinois.
Illinois' Wauponsee Glacial Trail | Photo by TrailLink user alexrauch84