On May 8, 2019, RTC and our partners across the country are celebrating the Great American Rail-Trail with a reveal of the trail’s preferred cross-country route. Trailside events will be taking place along the route of the “Great American” and we’ll be broadcasting it all live, here and on RTC’s Facebook Page. We hope you’ll be part of this moment with us as we unveil the details of this incredible trail—where it will go and what it will take to bring it to life. Follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date about the Great American route reveal celebrations.
Launch celebrations are being held simultaneously at the Trail’s terminuses in Washington, DC and South Cle Eulm State Park, WA, as well as route-stops in Columbus, OH and Three Forks, MT. Learn more at the launch even home-page!
A Trail for America
The Great American Rail-Trail will be the single greatest trail project in the history of the United States. 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 from Washington, D.C., to Washington State.
The possibility of a rail-trail that spans the country has been known for decades as RTC tracked rail-trails being developed east to west along the same course charted by the railroad a century ago. Now, the route is more than 50 percent complete—the milestone RTC has long identified as the threshold for committing to make this trail a reality.
The Great American Rail-Trail is a legacy. A national treasure. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create—together—an enduring gift to the nation that will bring joy for generations to come.