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The Great Allegheny Passage (gaptrail.org) at the Eastern Continental Divide in Maryland | Photo by David Ni

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Ohio's Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail | Photo by Renee Rosensteel

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National Rail-Trail and Trail Mileage Counts

The following content is updated periodically to provide current information about Rails to Trails Conservancy and rail-trail development at the national and state level.

United States Trail Stats

2,423

total rail-trails

25,934

miles of rail-trails

863

current projects

9,029

miles of potential rail-trail

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Longest Rail-Trails in the United States

*This list is comprised of rail-trails more than 100 miles long, where at least 90 percent of the trail is on a former railroad corridor.

  1. Katy Trail State Park — Missouri: 240 miles
  2. Palouse to Cascades States Park Trail — Washington: 229 miles
  3. Cowboy Trail — Nebraska: 219 miles
  4. Great Allegheny Passage — Maryland & Pennsylvania: 150 miles
  5. Soo Line Trail – Northern Route — Minnesota: 148 miles
  6. Columbia Plateau Trail State Park — Washington: 130 miles
  7. Paul Bunyan State Trail — Minnesota: 119 miles
  8. Flint Hills Nature Trail — Kansas: 117 miles
  9. Soo Line Trail – Southern Route & Saunders State Trail — Minnesota & Wisconsin: 114 miles
  10. OC&E Woods Line State Trail — Oregon: 110 miles
  11. George S. Mickelson Trail — South Dakota: 109 miles
  12. State Line Trail — Michigan: 107 miles
  13. Wild Rivers State Trail — Wisconsin: 104 miles

$1.4 B

Available Funds in Our Country

United States Trail Funds

FY23 Total Reserved for Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program (source: FHWA)​

Trail Networks

Great American Rail-Trail

The nation’s first cross-country multiuse trail, the route will be entirely bikeable and walkable across 3,700+ miles between Washington, D.C., and Washington State.

Pennsylvania’s Great Allegheny Passage (gaptrail.org) | Photo by Milo Bateman

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Baltimore Greenway Trails Network

The Baltimore Greenway Trails Network is a vision for a 35-mile world-class network of urban trails that will link together the diverse neighborhoods, cultural amenities and outdoor resources of Baltimore City.

Photo by Side A Photography

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Bay Area Trails Collaborative

The vision of the award-winning Bay Area Trails Collaborative is to develop a 2,604-mile regional trail network that will connect the San Francisco Bay Area—its trails, people and places—in innovative new ways.

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

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Capital Trails Coalition

The Capital Trails Coalition (CTC) footprint currently includes more than 800 miles of existing and planned trails and connections in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

DC’s Metropolitan Branch Trail | Photo by India Kea

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Circuit Trails

The Circuit Trails is a regional urban trail network in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. The project will eventually encompass 800 miles of trails on both sides of the Delaware River.

Schuylkill River Trail | Photo by Thom Carroll Photography

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Caracara Trails

In the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the Caracara Trails is a vision for a 428-mile trail network.

Tour of Texas’ Caracara Trails | Photo by John Faulk, Frontera Media

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Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

The vision of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) is a 1,500-mile-plus trail network that will span Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York.

Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail, part of the IHTC | Photo by Jason Cohn

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Miami LOOP

The Miami LOOP is a 225-mile trail vision to expand transportation options, make biking and walking safer and more equitable, strengthen the regional economy, reduce the area’s carbon footprint, and improve health and wellness across Miami-Dade County.

Atlantic Greenway South Beach Trail, part of the Miami LOOP | Photo by Lee Smith

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New England Rail-Trail Network

RTC is working with trail advocates and transportation leaders from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont to advance a plan for connecting the region’s 1,000 miles of open trail.

Vermont’s Lamoille Valley Rail Trail | Photo by TrailLink user bobwhite

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Route of the Badger

The Route of the Badger offers a vision of healthy, thriving communities in Southeast Wisconsin centered around a world-class, 700-miles-plus regional trail system.

Wisconsin’s Oak Leaf Trail | Photo by Front Room Photography

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