Imagine triking across the USA on a bike path!
Add this one to your bucket list!
The Great American Rail-Trail is an epic ongoing project to create an off road trail through scenic and historic routes across the entire USA! When completed, the trail will stretch from sea to shining sea – Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C.
Announced in early 2019 by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the Great American Rail-Trail will take an enormous amount of organizing and collaboration across federal, state and local municipalities. The masterplan for the trail is to utilize the extensive network of existing rail trails, as well as other multiuse trails. Over 50% of the route is already completed, thanks to decades of cycling advocacy work.
RTC’s late co-founder David Burwell is the visionary behind the Great American Rail-Trail. His dream was that one day cyclists could pedal “across this entire country… on flat, wide, off-road paths.” He wanted trail users to be able to trace American history along the country’s rail-trails, towpaths and greenways. Spanning 4,000 miles, the trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an enduring gift for generations to come. This trail will truly become a ‘National Treasure.’