RTC’s unveiling stirs excitement among all hikers, bikers, and joggers. But the organization acknowledged a fully connected route will take “years” to complete. We reached out to RTC, and a spokesperson told us they believe the full route will be complete “within the next few decades.” But RTC added that more segments will come online every year.

Still, RTC spent the last 18 months poring over its database of more than 34,000 miles of open trails nationwide. The result is the current Washington-to-Washington proposal.


Cedar Valley Nature Trail(Iowa): This 52-mile pathway follows the Cedar River and connects Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Cedar Rapids.






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