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Trail-Building Toolbox

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RTC’s Trail-Building Toolbox has the basics for creating a joyful, vibrant rail-trail in your region—from funding your trail project, to planning and design, to generating crucial community support.

Get the advice and practical information you need, including technical tips and tried-and-true methods for taking your trail project from a vision to a supported, valued community space.

To navigate the toolbox, click on the topics below. Then search via the drop-down menus provided.

Basics | Organizing | Acquisition | Funding | Planning | Design | Management and Maintenance

Basics

Organizing

Acquisition

Funding

Planning

Design

Management and Maintenance

Explore RTC’s Resource Library

Browse our resource library for more information on trail-building, including articles, case studies, contracts, fact sheets, manuals, plans, reports and webinars.

Resource Library

Join the TrailNationTM Collaborative

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailNation Collaborative is a multidisciplinary learning community that offers proven tools and methods to establish and grow trail networks across the country. We welcome anyone interested or working in trail and active transportation or related fields.

Join the Collaborative

Join the TrailNation Collaborative Facebook Group

Ask questions directly of your peers, crowdsourcing innovative solutions and sharing successes that others can be inspired by and learn from.

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