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The Trailblazer Society plays a transformational role in the growth of America’s trail networks, and the creation and preservation of rail-trails everywhere. Your generous annual gift of $1,000 or more will help people around the country safely enjoy the outdoors, connect to their communities and build healthy lifestyles.

At RTC, we recognize the tremendous commitment of Trailblazer Society members with special events, trail information and reports that connect you to the impact of your support.

Please feel free to call the Trailblazer Society team at 202.974.5118, or email us at

Exclusive Benefits

In addition to all the benefits of standard membership, including our quarterly membership magazine, Rails to Trails, Trailblazer Society members receive a number of other exciting benefits, including the following:

  • An invitation to participate in yearly Trailblazer Society excursions with RTC’s president, board members and staff (Past destinations include rail-trails in Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington, Virginia, West Virginia, Idaho and Pennsylvania.)
  • Advance notices and invitations to special events, bike rides, receptions and conferences
  • Complimentary Rail-Trail Calendar
  • Updates detailing RTC's work and recent accomplishments
  • Personal calls and briefings from RTC staff and board members when they visit your local area

An RTC Trailblazer is an individual who helps accelerate our core trail-building efforts with personal commitments of $1,000 or more each year (or a monthly contribution of $84 or more).

Ride Schedule

Photo by Ken Bryan/RTC

Join us for Trailblazer Society rides across the country!

Especially for our Trailblazer members, we’re producing a series of locally guided tours around the country and connecting you to great achievements in the trails movement. Our small group rides bring Trailblazers together with RTC leadership and local trail champions so they can share the history and stories behind the rail-trails and greenways that connect our communities.  

Events include our free half-day Trailblazer rides and our annual multi-day Trailblazer Tour supported by acclaimed tour operators Wilderness Voyagers.

Our half-day Trailblazer rides are free and accessible to a wide range of ages and abilities. Typical routes are between 15 and 30 miles and primarily take place on protected trails with minimal ascending and descending (unless otherwise noted).

For more information on these events and to RSVP today, please visit the links below.

RTC’s Sojourn Series

Don’t forget to visit RTC’s Sojourn Series page for more ways to experience trails. Trailblazer Society members get special early access to registration for these popular rides that support local trails and trail networks.

Current Events

2018 Trailblazer Tour on the Katy Trail/Rock Island Trail

Join Trailblazer Society Members along with RTC staff for a ride on the famed Katy Trail, including the newly opened Rock Island Spur in Missouri, between 6/25/18 and 6/29/18.

Date: June 25-29, 2018
Location: Kansas City, MO
Duration: Multi-day ride

Preliminary Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to adjustments. Final itinerary with additional information will be available for booked participants in May 2018.

Day 1 - Monday, June 25

This is an introductory day to meet the group, RTC staff, guides and get ready.

  • Arrivals at Kansas City, MO Airport – please plan to arrive late morning or early afternoon.
  • Evening dinner and drinks with TBS Tour participants, RTC staff, community partners and other TBS members.
  • Lodging: InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

Day 2 - Tuesday, June 26

  • Shuttle from hotel to Rock Island spur of Katy Trail.
  • Ride 46.2 miles to Windsor, MO where the Rock Island Spur and Katy Trail connect.
  • Lodging: Hotel Bothwell in Sedalia

Day 3 - Wednesday, June 27

  • Ride 50.5 miles to Rocheport, MO.
  • Lodging: School House B&B in Rocheport

Day 4 - Thursday, June 28

  • Ride 38.3 miles to Jefferson City, MO.
  • Lodging: Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City

Day 5 - Friday, June 29

  • Ride 47.5 miles to Hermann, MO.
  • Shuttles to St. Louis Airport provided with option to stay in Hermann, MO.

Register Now

For more information, please contact Jorge Brito at 202.974.5118 or

Past Events

Virginia Capital Trail Ride in Richmond, VA

RTC staff, local partners and fellow Trailblazers went on a 30-mile ride on the Virginia Capital Trail.

Date: November 17, 2017
Location: Richmond, VA
Duration: Half-day ride

2017 Trailblazer Ride on the Great Allegheny Passage

RTC supporters along with staff members rode on the Great Allegheny Passage between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland

Date: July 24-28, 2017
Location: Great Allegheny Passage
Duration: Multi-day ride

Millennium Trail Ride in Round Lake, IL

RTC supporters along with staff members from our National and Midwest offices rode on the Millennium Trail.

Date: June 22, 2017
Location: Round Lake, IL
Duration: Half-day ride

Opening Day for Trails Ride in Richmond, CA

RTC joined Rich City RIDES for a bike ride along the Richmond Greenway.

Date: April 8, 2017
Location: Richmond, CA
Duration: Half-day ride

Discover Austin’s Newest Rail-Trail with RTC and Bike Texas

Opened in the fall of 2014, come see why 10 years in the making was worth the wait for the Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail in Austin. Ring in spring with a 16-mile jaunt in new territory. With RTC and Bike Texas, you’ll learn how this new connection came to be, how it’s raising the quality of life in the capital, and what’s coming next for Texas trails.

Date: March 26, 2016
Location: Austin, TX
Duration: Half-day ride

Philadelphia: Opening Day on The Circuit Trails

This year on Opening Day for Trails, join the Trailblazer Society in Philadelphia to take part in an exciting celebration of the region’s new trail network: The Circuit!

Date: April 16, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Duration: Half-day event

Pre-Mother’s Day ride on the Great Allegheny Passage

Join in as we drop in to the RTC Sojourn for a day on the Great Allegheny Passage near Pittsburgh, and learn how this hub of trails is driving our national movement.

Date: May 7, 2016
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Duration: Half-day event

Rail-Trails Leadership in San Diego

Our event began on a picturesque morning with a visit from San Diego County Supervisor and Rail-Trail Champion Greg Fox, who gave us an overview of the Bayshore Bikeway trail project, a vision more than 20 years in the making. Transportation Planner Stephan Vance then led us on a ride that provided a close-up look at how San Diego is implementing the exciting undertaking. Visits from the Knickerbikers, ferry rides and a macaroni and cheese festival spiced up our tour of the bay.

Date: Nov. 7, 2015
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Duration: Half-day tour

New Trail Connections in Cleveland

RTC’s vision for a nationwide network of trails is building steam in Cleveland! As a focal point of regional trail development efforts, trails in and around Cleveland are gaining a headlining roll in the future of the region. RTC Midwest Director Eric Oberg and Marty Cader of the City of Cleveland Planning Commission led members on a colorful ride from the heart of the city to Independence, OH, highlighting new segments of the Ohio and Eerie Canal Towpath, a critical artery of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition’s network.

Date: October 4, 2015
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, area
Duration: Half-day tour

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