Everyone should know about the great work that The Rails to Trails Conservancy has done and continues to do in the creation of beautiful biking, hiking, walking and nature trails from abandoned train tracks and tow paths. Their website, www.traillink.com has great easy to read maps that show these trails all over the country. In addition, these maps help you locate the best access points, bathrooms, bike rentals, parking, and other amenities adjacent to these trails. The site helps you plan and support a visit. Some of these trails are stunning and very close to New York City. The D&R Canal trail in New Jersey is amazing and is over 65 miles long! You can also message us at PKSBplus for advice and hints about some of the best rail-trails in the area. We have biked them!
The Rails to Trails Conservancy in their own words:
"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people".
Who they are:
"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy serves as the national voice for more than 150,000 members and supporters, 20,000-plus miles of rail-trail throughout the country, and more than 9,000 miles of potential rail-trails waiting to be built.
They have supported the tremendous growth and development of rail-trails since opening our doors February 1, 1986. Then, there were fewer than 200 known rail-trails. Today, there are more than 1,600 preserved pathways that form the backbone of a growing trail system that spans communities, regions, states and, indeed, the entire country.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy remains dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails. Further, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is committed to enhancing the health of America's environment, transportation, economy, neighborhoods and people—ensuring a better future made possible by trails and the connections they inspire".