Criteria for inclusion of a trail on TrailLink

  • Open: Trails must be open for public use to be listed on the site. If you want to inform us of a rail-trail under development, you can send an email to TrailLinkSupport@railstotrails.org.
  • Length: Minimum length of 0.5 mile.
  • Usage: We're looking for multi-use trails only that accommodate a variety of trail-goers; for example, hiking -only trails will not be accepted.
  • Physicality: We're looking for off-road, on-the-ground trails, as opposed to on-road bike routes and conceptual walking tours.
  • Surface: We prefer trails with a fully developed surface, rather than rough-hewn dirt footpaths or single- track mountain bike trails.
  • Connectivity: We prefer linear trails that can be used for transportation and commuting in addition to recreation. We're looking for trails that connect people to schools, workplaces, shopping areas, etc., as opposed to loop trails contained entirely within a park.
  • Individuality: We prefer trails that have a specific identifiable name and signage to that effect. If you're providing us with information on a trail system, please submit each individual trail within the system separately.

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