Introducing the Great American Rail-Trail

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has announced their long-awaited project—the Great American Rail-Trail! The Great American Rail-Trail stretches more than 3,700 miles from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, Washington. It passes through 12 states—Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. "The...

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The Best Vermont Rail-Trail to Visit This Summer

If you only have time to visit one epic rail-trail in the Northeast this summer, make it Vermont’s Island Line Rail Trail—a member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. It's the highlight of the region, with Lake Champlain virtually at trail users’ feet for long...

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The Best Rhode Island Rail-Trails for Biking

Sunny days. Sea breezes. Lobster roll, clam chowder, ice cream snack breaks. Expansive views of rivers. Rhode Island is the perfect place for spring bike rides.The state may be small, but its rail-trails are mighty. One has even made it into the coveted Rail-Trail Hall...

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Navigating the Best Rail-Trails in Iowa

Iowa has a rich railroad history. In 1856, the first trains to ever cross the mighty Mississippi River entered Davenport, Iowa, ushering in a new wave of east-west travel and commerce across the burgeoning nation. Today, Iowa’s residents can remember and celebrate the original railroads with...

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Best Rail-Trails for Cycling in Chicago

With an abundance of rail-trails in the midwest, cycling in and around the Windy City is a breeze. And rail-trails have the added benefit of preserving historical landmarks, serving as wildlife conservation corridors, linking isolated parks, establishing greenways in developed areas, and stimulating local economies...

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Exploring the Historic Rail-Trails of the Midwest

Wilderness Press has again partnered with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to publish three new guidebooks that present the best rail-trails of the midwest—Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana & Ohio; Rail-Trails Iowa & Missouri; and Rail-Trails Michigan & Wisconsin. Railways helped build America. Spanning from coast to coast, these ribbons of steel linked people, communities, and...

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Best Rail-Trails of Minnesota

Of the more than 1,900 rail-trails across the United States, 70 are located in the state of Minnesota, known for one of the best developed and diverse trail networks in the country and second among states in total rail-trail mileage. Built on unused, former railroad corridors, these trails...

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Five Rail-Trails to Explore This Summer

All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into more than 22,000 miles of open rail-trails. From downtown urban locations to pathways stretching along coastlines, outdoors enthusiasts have their pick of scenic and historical places to ride, walk, skate, or run. The new Rail-Trail Hall of...

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