Trail Mapping Program
RTC prides itself on providing one of the most comprehensive trail datasets in the nation. Our spatial database of trails is unparalleled, thanks to the hard work of RTC staff and volunteers. Our dataset even helped to launch Google's Biking Directions feature on Google Maps. We're happy that we can provide these maps for free to everyone on the TrailLink website.
But, there's much more work to do! We still have trails in our database that need maps and there are still multi-use trails that aren't in our database. We're doing our best to collect this information, but with your help we can do it even faster!
How You Can Help
If you know of a multi-use trail that we don't show on TrailLink, please use our new trail submission form to provide us with the information we need to add a record (you'll need to do this before you can submit map data for it). If you see a trail on TrailLink that still needs a map, you can use our interactive mapping tool to send us the map data, or you can collect the data with your GPS unit and send it to us. If you see map data on TrailLink that needs updating, send us a quick message and we'll be in touch about how to format updates and extensions.
If you'd like to submit a new trail, please be sure to review the submission criteria at the top of the submission form. If you'd like to send us map data, browse our data submission standards document or click through below to use our interactive mapping tool in order to make sure you submit everything we'll need.
RTC staff thoroughly reviews all user submission for both new trail records and map data to make sure they meet our criteria for inclusion and accuracy. We re-digitize all map data against high-resolution aerial imagery to verify it and make sure it fits our GIS database topology.
Thanks for your help!