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Tell Congress: Trails Move America | Act Now

Vital trail funding is in the crosshairs in Washington. The Trump administration’s budget proposal targets TIGER, an important source of trail funding, for elimination—and some in Congress want to eliminate funding for trails altogether.

Congress will have the final say on funding levels for TIGER and other programs that help communities build trails. That’s why it’s important for you to act now.

Write your members of Congress now, and tell them that trails make a huge difference—to you and your community.

Act Now

SXSW Vote—and Help Us Share Our Message With the World at SXSW 2018!

BIG news: RTC has a chance to share our message—that trails transform places—with the world at the SXSW 2018 Festival in Austin, Texas! Help others imagine what’s possible as transportation needs change and communities adapt, putting trails at the heart of communities. Vote for our panel with GirlTrek, George Washington University and America Walks.

Vote Now!

Tammany Trace And the 2017 Hall of Fame winner is ... Louisiana’s Tammany Trace!

Nestled in the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, just across from New Orleans, the 27-mile, paved pathway is never far from civilization as it travels across waterways and more than two dozens bridges and connects five quaint towns, including Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe and Slidell. Find out what makes RTC's 2017 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame inductee so special for local residents and visitors.

Explore the Tammany Trace, the August Trail of the Month.

Solar Eclipse 13 Great Rail-Trails From Which to View the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Where will you be viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse? Thanks to data provided by NASA and the National Park Service, RTC identified the best rail-trails across the nation to view this rare phenomenon.

Learn more through our interactive story map!

Nature Fix Top Natural Escapes

Everyone should be able to enjoy and access the great outdoors—and trails provide the perfect places and pathways to experience it!

Here are some top trails for getting you out in nature and over to pristine natural areas.

Gasconade Bridge Rallying for Missouri’s Rock Island Trail

The 144-mile Rock Island Trail promises to be an epic journey for trail users to experience Missouri’s railroad history, rural beauty and hospitality.

Read the latest on this potential tourism powerhouse—and find out how you can help make it a reality.

New England Mapping Seven Stunning Sights From RTC’s New England Mapping Trips

Proud mountains, roaring seashores, tranquil lakes, forests with forget-me-not foliage, scrumptious chowders and wicked-awesome trails—these are just a handful of the attractions the RTC team was lucky enough to experience on our latest round of mapping trips for our New England Guidebook Series, available next spring..

Check out some of our awe-inspiring favorites!

Moving the Dial Moving the Dial: RTC Celebrates 30 Years of Impact

The year 2016 was a milestone for RTC, which celebrated three decades as the national voice for trails. Now with a grassroots network of more than 1 million people, RTC is pushing the dial to create trail networks of the future.

Read about our latest achievements.

From the 2017 Green Issue

2017 Green Issue

Check out RTC’s once-yearly all-digital Green Issue of our member magazine, Rails to Trails, with sharable videos, interactive features and more!

Columbus: The Future of Connectivity

Scioto Greenway | Columbus, OH

Watch how Columbus' 180-mile developing trail system is opening up new avenues for health, transportation and exploration—and improving the quality of life for residents.

Virginia Creeper Trail: Appalachian Engine

The Virginia Creeper Trail

The Virginia Creeper Trail is an economic boon for the small towns nearby, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors and generating tens of millions of dollars per year in tourism revenues. Watch the video.

David Paul Cook: An Artist's Trail Journey

Painting by David Paul Cook

Hear, see and experience the artwork of watercolorist David Paul Cook—who has been capturing the beauty and spirit of the 21-mile Arkansas River Trail. Explore this interactive map feature.

Catfish Crawl (Blountstown Fire Department) Hosting an Event on a Trail? Promote It on TrailLink for Free!

Want to organize a trail cleanup, fun run or group nature walk on your local trail? Get the word out for free to the 7 million trail enthusiasts who use TrailLink.com! Simply register for a free TrailLink account if you haven’t already, and then start posting your event.

The whole process can take less than 10 minutes, and once approved by our TrailLink team, your event will show up on both our searchable trail events page and on the detailed TrailLink page for the trail that is hosting the event. Get started today!

Americorps Volunteers on the Armstrong Trail (Rob Steffey) Making a Difference for Trails

Giving back to the trails we love is inspiring and rewarding. Do you have any stories or photos of volunteers who are making a difference for trails? Tell us!

Email us!

Abandoned Rail Line (Jeff Ciabotti) Tools for Trail Professionals

Get access to all the resources you need to create a vibrant rail-trail for your community—from funding opportunities to technical assistance.

Rails to Trails Magazine Get the Magazine

Great articles and gorgeous photos from the trails you love.

Wallpaper Trails on the Go

Beautiful photos from the trail to your desktop.

Download your wallpaper today!