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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nationwide non-profit dedicated to converting former railroad corridors to public, multi-use recreational trails that offer easy access to runners, hikers, bicyclists, skates, wheelchair users, and equestrians.

The official Rails-Trails guidebook series is published by Wilderness Press and you can find out all the ways Wilderness Press and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are working together over on the blog.

If you want to find out more about Rail-Trails, check out the Conservancy's official website or give them a follow over on Twitter. Hope you get the chance to make your way to a Rail-Trail near you. They are so fun!

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Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
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Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


A selection of America's premier rail-trails.

All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted to public multiuse trails. In 2007, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy began recognizing exemplary rail-trails through its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, based on scenic value, value of use, amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance, community connections, and geographic distribution.

These Hall of Fame rail-trails are found in 28 states and in nearly every environment—from downtown urban corridors to pathways stretching across wide-open prairie, along coastlines, or through mountain ranges. These rail-trails represent pioneers of the movement; they inspired trail development across the nation, or they’ve revolutionized how trails can impact communities along their route.

In this book, you’ll find:

•    Detailed maps for every rail-trail, plus driving directions to trailheads
•    Icons indicating the activities each trail can accommodate
•    Succinct descriptions written by rail-trail experts
•    A look at the fascinating railroad history behind each trail

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy serves as the national voice for more than 160,000 members and supporters, more than 22,000 miles of open rail-trails across the country, and more than 8,000 miles of potential trails waiting to be built—with a goal of ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.




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Rail-Trails Florida
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Rail-Trails Florida
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A new, full-color guide in the official Rail-Trails series covers 53 outstanding multiuse trails in Florida.

Florida visitors are often surprised by both the beauty of its trails and by the great variety of its landscapes. Although Florida doesn’t have any mountains, it does offer trails with views of everything from beaches and bluffs to prairies and wetlands. In this comprehensive trail guide, you’ll find some of the best, most beautiful trails in Florida.

Many of the trails were converted from unused railroad corridors to become some of the best multiuse rail-trails in the state. In this guidebook, experts from Rail-to-Trails Conservancy present their final list of the top trails and rail-trails in Florida, selected from more than 100 in the state.

James A. Van Fleet State Trail runs 29 miles through some of Florida's most scenic rural landscape. You will find yourself immersed in the beauty of Florida’s wetlands as you pass through central Florida’s expansive Green Swamp, which is home to some of the state’s most impressive wildlife. For a real adventure, try the 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT), which stretches the entire length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States.

One of Florida's most popular and unique urban pathways, the 42.5-mile Pinellas Trail, stretches from St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs and connects several county parks, coastal areas, and communities. Or for visitors who really want to unplug, visit Florida’s Sanibel Island, a beautiful sanctuary with 24 paved miles of shared-use paths that take you to beaches, a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center, a historical lighthouse and village, a renowned seashell museum, restaurants, shops, and more.

In addition to details about each trail, Rail-Trails Florida provides information about trail amenities, including restrooms, parking facilities, and water fountains.


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Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
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Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio
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Across the country, more than 1,600 unused railroad corridors have been converted to level, public, multiuse trails, where people can enjoy a fitness run, a leisurely bike ride, or a stroll with the family. In this updated guide in the popular series, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presents the finest rail-trails, plus other great multiuse trails in three Midwestern states.

Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio covers more than 70 trails in the region. Many rail-trails are paved and run through the most scenic parts of towns. Others, such as the 20-mile Sam Vadalabene Great River Road Bike Trail, travel along lush waterways, dramatic bluffs, and steep hills. The Monoon Trail in Indiana highlights the best of midwestern rail-trails by stitching together neighborhoods, recreational facilities, schools, and cultural centers between Indianapolis and Carmel. Rail-Trails Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio lets readers enjoy the serenity of the rural countryside along the Midwest's many great multiuse trails.

This full-color book includes succinct descriptions of each trail from start to finish, plus at-a-glance summary information indicating permitted uses, surface type, length, and directions to trailheads for each trail. Every trip has a detailed map that includes start and end points, trailhead, parking, restroom facilities, and other amenities.

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Rail-Trails Iowa and Missouri
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Rail-Trails Iowa and Missouri
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Whether you're looking for a trail for a leisurely stroll, a bike ride with the family, or something a bit more challenging, you'll find it in this comprehensive trail guide highlighting the best, most highly rated trails in Rail-Trails Iowa and Missouri. Many of the trails were converted from unused railroad corridors to become some of the best multiuse rail-trails in the region. In this guidebook, experts from the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy present their list of 58 of the best trails and rail-trails in Iowa and Missouri.

Explore the region's history by hitting the Frisco Highline Trail, retracing a 35-mile route of Harry Truman's "Whistlestop" campaign. Readers can also meander along farmlands and forests on the 21-mile T-Bone Trail in Iowa.

In addition to details about each trail, Rail-Trails Iowa and Missouri provides information about trail amenities, including restrooms, parking facilities, and water fountains.

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Rail-Trails Michigan and Wisconsin
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Rail-Trails Michigan and Wisconsin
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Whether you're looking for a trail for a leisurely stroll, a bike ride with the family, or something a bit more challenging, you'll find it in Rail-Trails Michigan and Wisconsin, highlighting the best, most highly rated trails in these two states. Many of the trails were converted from unused railroad corridors to become some of the best multiuse rail-trails in the region. In this guidebook, experts from the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy present their list of 64 of the best trails and rail-trails in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Tour Michigan's state capital on the Lansing River Trail, which winds along scenic riverbanks for 8 miles from the campus of Michigan State University to Old Town Lansing. Witness the effects of ancient ice floes on the landscape in Wisconsin along the 52-mile Glacial Drumlin State Trail. See the native tall-grass prairie, explore hardwood forests and waterways, and visit quintessential American small towns along the Midwest's many rail-trails.

In addition to details about each trail, Rail-Trails Michigan and Wisconsin provides information about trail amenities, including restrooms, parking facilities, and water fountains.

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Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic, 2nd edition
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Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic, 2nd edition
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The definitive guide to multiuse trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Across the country, more than 1600 unused railroad corridors have been converted to level, public, multiuse trails, where people can enjoy a fitness run, a leisurely bike ride, or a stroll with the family. In this updated guide in the popular series, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presents the Mid-Atlantic region's finest rail-trails plus other great multiuse trails.

Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic covers 60 trails in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Many rail-trails are paved and run through the most scenic parts of town. Others, such as the 34-mile Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail, travel along dense forests, open fields, and lush waterways. Some explore the area's history, such as Maryland's 13-mile Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Tour the nation's capital, visit the site of an historic Civil War battle, and enjoy the serenity of the rural countryside along the Mid-Atlantic's many great multiuse trails.

This full-color book includes succinct descriptions of each trail from start to finish, plus at-a-glance summary information indicating permitted uses, surface type, length, and directions to trailheads for each trail. Every trip has a detailed map that includes start and end points, trailhead, parking, restroom facilities, and other amenities.

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Rail-Trails Midwest: Great Lakes
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Rail-Trails Midwest: Great Lakes
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In this edition in the popular series, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presents the best of the Great Lakes, home to the most rail-trails in the country.

With 113 rural, suburban, and urban trails threading through 2,300 miles, Rail-Trails Midwest: Great Lakes covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Many rail-trails run through the most popular parts of town, such as the 61-mile Illinois Prairie Path, which links Chicago-area suburbs. Others take you back in time for a look at regional history, like Ohio’s 11-mile Holmes County Trail.

Every trip has a detailed map that includes start and end points, trailhead, parking, restroom facilities, and other amenities.

Many of the level rail-trails are suitable for walking, jogging, bicycling, inline skating, wheelchairs, and horses.

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Rail-Trails Minnesota
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A new, full-color guide in the official Rail-Trails series covers 48 outstanding multi-use trails in Minnesota.

Whether you’re looking for a trail for a leisurely stroll, a bike ride with the family, or something a bit more challenging, you’ll find it in this comprehensive trail guide highlighting the best, most highly rated trails in Minnesota. Many of the trails were converted from unused railroad corridors to become some of the best multiuse rail-trails in the state. In this guidebook, experts from Rail-to-Trails Conservancy present their final list of 48 of the best trails and rail-trails in Minnesota.

Experience first-hand how Minnesota earned the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes” by taking one of several paths through the various lake districts, including the 121-mile Paul Bunyan State Trail, one of the longest rail-trails in the United States. This amazing trail also connects to the Heartland State Trail, which takes travelers past many lakes, rivers, and streams; and the Cuyuna State Trail, which winds its way through pine forests along the shores of many of the state’s most beautiful lakes. The connecting trails of Central Lakes State Trail and Lake Wobegon State Trail offer additional views of the lakes.

Luce Line State Trail leads from urban Minneapolis west through Minnesota's rural landscape, traveling through suburbs, wooded stretches, across wetlands, near lakes, through tall-grass prairie remnants, and into the countryside over varying surfaces.

Although many of Minnesota’s trails are found in the eastern and central areas of the state, traversing the many lakes and waterways, a few gems can also be found in the western regions, offering a variety of vistas. In the southwest, Casey Jones State Trail runs through tallgrass prairie and wooded ravines. For more of an urban adventure, try the 34.5-mile Grand Forks–East Grand Forks Greenway in the northwest, which travels through Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

In addition to details about each trail, Rail-Trails Minnesota also provides information about trail amenities, including rest rooms, parking facilities, and water fountains.


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Rail-Trails New England
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Rail-Trails New England
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Across the country, over 1400 unused railroad corridors have been converted to level, public, multiuse trails, where people can enjoy a brisk fitness walk, bike ride, or stroll with the family. In this newest edition in the popular series, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presents the best of the New England rail-trails.

With 60 rural, suburban, and urban trails threading through 622 miles, Rail-Trails New England covers Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Many rail-trails are paved and run through the most scenic parts of town, such as the 12-mile Island Line Trail in Burlington, Vermont, skirting the city’s waterfront before jutting 3 miles out onto a lake. Some delve into the particular history of an area, like the Massachusetts’s Phoenix Rail-Trail, where the first naval battle of the American Revolution was fought offshore in 1775. Others offer an escape from city life, such as the East Bay Bicycle Path, Rhode Island’s first rail-trail, which runs 14 miles from Providence to Bristol and provides stunning views of Narragansett Bay.

This two-color book includes succinct descriptions of each trail from start to finish, plus at-a-glance summary information indicating permitted uses, surface type, length, and directions to trailheads for each trail.

Every trip has a detailed map that includes start and end points, trailheads, parking, restroom facilities, and other amenities.

Many of the level rail-trails are suitable for walking, jogging, bicycling, inline skating, wheelchairs, and horses.

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Rail-Trails Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York
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Rail-Trails Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York
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Across the country, more than 1,600 unused railroad corridors have been converted to level, public, multiuse trails, where people can enjoy a fitness run, a leisurely bike ride, or a stroll with the family. In this newest addition to the popular series, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presents the Northeast’s finest rail-trails. Rail-Trails Northeast covers one hundred of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania’s rail-trails. With a rich industrial and passenger rail history, the Northeast is one of the densest rail-trail regions in the country. Rural, suburban, or urban, rail-trails serve as the backbone of an impressive trail system. This two-color book includes succinct descriptions of each trail from start to finish, plus at-a-glance summary information indicating permitted uses, surface type, length, and directions to trailheads for each trail. Every trip has a detailed map that includes start and end points, trailhead, parking, restroom facilities, and other amenities.

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