While trains are no longer as widely used as they once were, the abandoned railway lines that traverse our country have recently become popular places in communities. These historic treasures showcase the natural beauty of America’s countryside and some are being preserved. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has made great progress in raising awareness about these railways and leads the movement to have them restored for community use.
There are currently more than 1,000 trails in the US that operate on railway lines that have fallen out of use. At the moment, there are 523 miles of these trails in the nation, and RTC has expressed a commitment to create even more trails for active Americans to enjoy. If there is interest in building a trail in your community, consider contacting RTC advocates, the Federal Railway Administration, or the Association of American Railroads.
To search for trails sponsored by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, visit TrailLink.com. From this database, you can search for RTC trails by name or location, making it easy to find a beautifully restored trail near you.
Source: Oh Ranger!
Our closest rail trail is in Palmyra, Virginia. It's not a long one, but the path is level and high above the Rivanna River. There are areas where you are embraced with high rocks and then other areas where you can look down steep forests. Beautiful and peaceful! Any time we have visitors, it's one of the places on the itinerary. View my photo album of this rail trail (click the arrows at the top to continue photo viewing).
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