The Great America Rail-Trail paths will travel through 12 US states. The Great Trail across the United States will be the perfect destination for lovers of long walks 

A trail that will cover the United States from end to end. This is the proposal of the Great America Rail-Trail, a project conceived by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), which will link the capital Washington DC, on the east coast, to the state of Washington, on the west coast.

Still in the implementation phase, the great trail should only be ready in a few years, but there are already ready sections that can be covered on foot, by bicycle, skateboard and even horses. The idea is that the path is safe and accessible for everyone, including wheelchair users. 

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THE Great America Rail-Trail aims, in addition to connecting 12 American states, to make it possible to better understand the paths of the United States. RTC expects the Great America Rail-Trail to be a travel destination through the heart of the country. 

Whoever travels all the way will see – up close – many historical places, different cultures and stunning natural scenery, which is more difficult in plane or car trips.

RTC maintains a page on Facebook where you can check all updates about the project deployment. Furthermore, it maintains a site ordinary interactive map where you can check which snippets are already available for use.

So, are you interested in trekking in the United States?

This is the first time that the United States will have a trail connecting the country. However, there are already several other trails that reveal surprising places in the American territory. In this post, we're going to talk more about the Great America Rail-Trail and these other paths. Check it out below. 

United States will have a trail connecting the country

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The promise is that, when completed, the Great America Rail-Trail will be a treasure trove for the United States. This is because it will connect millions of people along its 6,500 kilometers. 

It is estimated that the total route will be ready in more than a decade. In the end, one in six Americans will live within 50 miles of the Great America Rail-Trail.

The great trail across the United States will pass through the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

One recent study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) pointed out that this is the best moment for the implementation of the Great America Rail-Trail project. The reason is that the new coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for outdoor activities and in contact with nature. According to the survey, trail use in the United States increased in 200% last spring. 

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For the first time, the United States will have a trail connecting the country. However, the project is not a pioneer in the world. A similar project has already been done in Canada. THE Great Trail It is 24,000 km long and the longest in the world, passing through 13 Canadian states.

Like Canada's great trail, the Great America Rail-Trail will be the perfect destination for lovers of long walks to explore the beauties of the United States and get to know its culture better. 

Great America Rail-Trail paths

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Currently, 125 trails are already in operation and can be traveled on foot, by bicycle, skateboard or even horses. According to RTC, which conceived the project, this number is equivalent to 50% of the total route.

Most of the Great America Rail-Trail paths are on disused railroads and pass through beautiful historic settings in the United States.

Check out 12 sections of the Great America Rail-Trail that connect several tracks and can now be traveled: 

  • Connecting Sylver Spring (Maryland) to Georgetown (Washington, DC), Capital Crescent Trail has 17 km;
  • Going from Georgetown (Washington, DC) to Cumberland (Maryland), Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park it has 3 thousand km;
  • Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) and Wellsburg (West Virginia) are linked by the trail Panhandle Trail, which is 47 km long;
  • Cincinnati to Cleveland, both in Ohio are connected by the 4 km of Ohio to Erie Trail;
  • Cardinal Greenway it has 99 km and runs from Marion to Richmond, both in Indiana;
  • The state of Illinois is cut by several paths that were the Hennepin Canal Parkway, with 121 km;
  • Cedar Valley NatureTrail it is 83.6 km long and connects the cities of Evandale and Ely, in Iowa;
  • Valentine and Norfolk, Nebraska are connected by Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, with 327 km;
  • Between Casper (Wyoming) and Evansville (Indiana), the Casper Rail Trail has 10 km;
  • Several Montana trails are part of the Headwaters Trail System which, in total, has 19 km;
  • In Idaho, 115.5 km from the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes link the cities of Plummer and Mullan;
  • The state of Washington is cut by the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail, which is 360 km long. 

Trekking in the United States

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The United States has many attractions and anyone who thinks they are restricted to the most popular destinations, such as Time Square, in New York, or Disney parks, is wrong. 

The country has many trails that reveal beautiful places, in the midst of exuberant nature and incredible scenery. So, if you don't know what to do on your next vacation, try trekking in the United States.

THE National Trail System classifies the paths according to their attractions. For example, the scenic trails, as the name reveals, pass through important scenarios of the country's culture. The historic trails run through significant routes that helped build the history of the United States. 

The Great America Rail-Trail promises to be one of the premier trails in the United States. But it won't be the biggest. There are other extensive paths that cut through cities and states, allowing you to get to know each part of the country better.

Interested in trekking in the United States? See this list of the 10 greatest trails in the United States:

  1. American Discovery Trail, with 10,944 km;
  2. Eastern Continental Trail, with 8,700 km;
  3. American Discovery Trail, with 8,000 km;
  4. North Country Trail, with 7,400 km;
  5. Great Western Trail, with 7,170 km;
  6. Continental Divide Trail, with 5,000 km;
  7. East Coast Greenway, with 4,800 km;
  8. Pacific Crest Trail, with 4,271 km;
  9. Desert Trail, with 3,578 km;
  10. Appalachian Trail, with 3,523 km.

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