Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Great American Rail-Trail....coming soon!

by Larry Miller

The "Rails to Trails Conservancy" is spearheading a nationwide trail that will stretch some 3,700 miles across the United States – from Washington, D.C. to Washington state. More than 52 percent of the trail – more than 1,900 miles – is already complete.

And Chadron, Whitney, Crawford, and Fort Robinson will be right in the center of all the action!

Nebraska's "Cowboy Trail" and the "White River Trail" in western Dawes County are among stretches of the trail that are already familiar to many folks in the region.

The Great American Rail-Trail undertaking will span 12 states and the District of Columbia. Some years ago, while living in Pennsylvania, we became fans of the "rails to trails" program and continued to pursue them after we retired and moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Bicycling the Mickelson Trail from Deadwood to Edgemont is a terrific experience, allowing riders to see much of the Black Hills up close and personal! It's a beautiful ride.

A few weeks ago, the Rails to Trails Conservancy launched their national campaign to gain more support for the project. This video captures that event.

Picture yourself … pedaling across the entire country on a safe, seamless and scenic pathway—or walking a local trail that connects along historic routes. Imagine the incomparable experience of exploring America’s heritage by trail—its potential, its beauty and bounty, its people and places. And it should spur economic opportunities and the benefits for communities along the route of this multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles from Washington to Washington. 

We'll be writing more about this project in the months to come.