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TrailNation Projects


RTC’s TrailNation initiative encompasses model trail network projects that connect across city, county, multi-county and multi-state lines. These trail networks are learning laboratories to test strategies and approaches in communities that are diverse in their geographies, constituencies and politics. Through TrailNation, RTC is working to connect nearly 12,000 miles of trail in partnership with over 300 trail organizations, advocates and local leaders.

Through these projects, RTC and our partners are demonstrating what’s possible when equitable trail networks are central to community design and what it takes to make this infrastructure essential. Learn more about each project below and how their strategies can be useful in your trail network plans.

The Baltimore Greenway Trails Network is a developing 35-mile trail network that will connect more than 75 Baltimore neighborhoods with jobs, schools, green spaces and cultural amenities across the city.

The developing 2,600+ miles Bay Area regional trail network, led by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Bay Area Trails Collaborative, will connect 9 counties by trails and provide safe walking, biking and rolling for millions of people.

The Capital Trails Coalition is a developing 800-miles-plus trail network spanning multiple cities and suburbs across the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The Caracara Trails is a vision for a 428-mile trail network that will link the rich natural, cultural and historical resources in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley—creating a unified regional identity for outdoor tourism, promoting healthier lifestyles and generating a new sense of community pride for everyone who lives there.

The Circuit Trails is a developing 800-mile-plus regional trail network of multiuse trails in Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

The Great American Rail-Trail® is the nation’s first cross-country multiuse trail, stretching more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

The Industrial Heartlands Trail Coalition network is working to connect 51 counties across Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York with 1,500 miles of multiuse trails.

The Miami LOOP is a developing 225-mile trail network across Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Trail Alliance, led by RTC, works to expand this safe walking, biking and trail network to improve health and wellness across the county.

The developing 1,000-mile New England Rail-Trail Network will unite 6 states through a trail interstate and inject billions of dollars a year in health, economic and tourism benefits.

The Route of the Badger is a developing 700-mile regional trail network that will connect rural and urban communities in seven Southeast Wisconsin counties—linking residents to jobs, communities, schools, parks and local attractions.

California's San Francisco Bay Trail | Photo by Cindy Barks

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