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Trail Moments | How a Rail-Trail Helped Save My Life and Redirect My Focus
August 06, 2021
As I’ve watched outdoor recreation interest explode, it’s made me reflect on how a simple bike ride on a rail-trail saved my life.
Photo by Shawn Gossman, graphic by RTC
Great American Rail-Trail: Long-Distance Adventures
May 07, 2021
RTC talked to several long-distance bicyclists who have taken on the Great American Rail trail alread.
The stunning 22-mile NorPac trail in Idaho and Montana, is a host trail of the 3,700-mile Great American Rail-Trail. | Photo by TrailLink user cstineyb
2021 Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment Report
May 01, 2021
This report, Great American Rail-Trail Route Assessment, was originally published by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) in May 2019. This updated version was published in May 2021.
American Icons: Rail-Trails That Helped Shape the National Landscape
January 22, 2021
We take a closer look at some of the country’s earliest rail-trails, and how they helped inspire and build a nationwide movement.
Along the Illinois Prairie Path in Warrenville | Photo by Beverly Horne/Daily Herald/
2020 Progress on Cross-Country Great American Rail-Trail Includes $4 million in New Funding and 2,000 Miles Completed
December 08, 2020
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy points to enduring commitment and progress for the Great American as reinforcement of the health and economic value that trails deliver nationwide
Great American Rail-Trail Infographic (2020) by RTC
Eight Urban Experiences Along the Great American Rail-Trail
August 10, 2020
Here is a sampling of some of the unique urban experiences along the Great American Rail-Trail, a cross country trail.
Pennsylvania's Three Rivers Heritage Trail | Photo courtesy Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh Bike Share
Saving America’s Prairies: Illinois Leaders and Rail-Trail Advocates Work to Restore a Dwindling System
July 14, 2020
In Illinois, a good portion of what remains is found almost exclusively along the railroad corridors that crisscross swaths of intensely farmed, highly prized agricultural land.
Prairie Grassland along the Heartland Pathways in Illinois | Photo by Chris Bucher
Outdoor Adventures Along the Great American Rail-Trail
February 27, 2020
The Great American Rail-Trail spans more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State, traversing some of America’s most iconic and scenic natural wonders. While still in progress, it already connects us to our shared heritage, nature and each other in unforgettable ways.
Hennepin Canal Parkway | Courtesy Friends of the Hennepin Canal
Eight Scenic State Parks for RV Camping Along the Great American Rail-Trail
January 29, 2020
The Great American spans more than 3,700 miles. Here are a few of these picturesque parks for RV camping along the Great American Rail-Trail.
Lake Easton State Park in Washington | Courtesy Washington State Parks
Illinois’ MCT Goshen Trail
January 13, 2020
With a newly opened extension of the MCT Goshen Trail, travelers can now also access neighboring St. Clair County by trail for the first time. Providing even more transit options for locals, many of St. Clair County’s trails are being developed to intertwine with MetroLink, the region’s light rail system.
MCT Goshen Trail | Photo courtesy Metro East Park & Recreation District