Road trips are one thing, but being able to bike across the entire continental United States without using more than one trail is a true feat.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) recently announced plans to create a 12-state trail, which will begin in Washington, D.C. and finish in Washington State. According to Coastal Living, the pathway will pass through a handful of large trail systems, including the Hennepin Canal Parkway, the Casper Rail Trail, Capital Crescent Trail, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and the Panhandle Trail, among others.
According to the RTC website, the goal is simple: “Separated from vehicle traffic, travelers will be able to truly enjoy, embrace, and experience those amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties that make up the American landscape.” Sounds like a dream, right?
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The RTC says that the trailway is approximately 50 percent finished. Once completed, the Great American Rail Trail will connect more than 125 rail-trails, serving more than 50 million people located within 50 miles of the trail route.