Happy Trails! – RTC’s Trail Hall of Fame

Between 2007 and 2012, the Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) inducted 26 trails (see below) into its Hall of Fame. Below is a list of those trails, the state where they are located, and the month/year they were given this honor. If you get a chance, try to visit one of these marvelous trails dotting our nation.

There are few better ways to spend Independence Day or a summer vacation than to enjoy fresh air, the great outdoors, exercise, peaceful serenity, and the awesome beauty of nature along a bike trail, whether it is one of these 26 or many others across the land and around the world. As Dale Evans and Roy Rogers used to sing, “Happy Trails!”

…or if you prefer a little more rockin’ ride, you can get “Back in the Saddle” a la Aerosmith

2007 (3)

  • Great Allegheny Passage: Pennsylvania-Maryland (July)
  • Katy Trail State Park: Missouri (September)
  • Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail: Florida (October)

2008 (6)

  • Burke-Gilman Trail: Washington (February)
  • Minuteman Bikeway: Massachusetts (June)
  • Illinois Prairie Path: Illinois (August)
  • Elroy-Sparta State Trail: Wisconsin (September)
  • Bizz Johnson Trail: California (November)
  • Washington and Old Dominion Trail: Virginia (December)

2009 (5)

  • Monon Trail: Indiana (March)
  • Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails: Alabama/Georgia (June)
  • East Bay Bicycle Path: Rhode Island (September)
  • Pere Marquette Rail Trail: Michigan (October)
  • Little Miami Scenic Trail: Ohio (December)

2010 (6)

  • George S. Mickelson Trail: South Dakota (May)
  • Peavine and Iron King Trails: Arizona (July)
  • Longleaf Trail: Mississippi (August)
  • Trail of the Coeur d’Alene and Route of the Hiawatha: Idaho/Montana (October)
  • Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park: Utah (November)
  • Island Line: Vermont (December)

2011 (5)

  • Paul Bunyan State Trail: Minnesota (February)
  • Wabash Trace Nature Trail: Iowa (May)
  • Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park: Kansas (August)
  • Springwater Corridor: Oregon (September)
  • The High Line: New York (October)

2012 (1)

  • The Greenbrier River Trail: West Virginia (June)
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2 Responses to Happy Trails! – RTC’s Trail Hall of Fame

  1. I guess I shouldn’t be totally surprised as some members of Congress are beholding to Big Oil (namely a pair of brothers from Wichita), but common sense is common sense. A modern and comprehensive transportation system must consist of many forms of transportation – from cars to bicycles, to buses, to trains, to planes, to walking, to transit, to so on and so on. Leave any aspect out and it disrupts the entire system – just ask those in the Northeast when the train system is down due to a hurricane or accident.


  2. There are easy walking trails and paths in the Newcastle area for you to explore and enjoy.


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