Idaho Hiking, Nature May 09, 2019
A Massive Rail Trail That Spans The Entire Country Will Go Right Through Idaho And It’s Incredible
A new rail trail that spans the entire country was recently unveiled and lucky for us Idahoans, a piece of it goes right through the Gem State. This massive trail is an impressive feat in itself, but we’re especially excited that we get to experience a small part of it. You don’t have to be a hardcore cyclist to appreciate the stunning scenic beauty that this trail has to offer. Stretching for thousands of miles, this is a unique outdoor attraction that you’ll definitely want to see for yourself!
A coast-to-coast rail trail has just been unveiled and it looks downright incredible. The proposed trail, called the Great American Rail Trail, will be a multi-use trail that stretches across the entire country. Most importantly, a portion will go right through Idaho!
Beginning in Washington, D.C., the trail will connect more than 125 existing trails and span approximately 3,700 miles all the way to Washington State. The trail will provide a spectacular opportunity for the 50 million people living within 50 miles of the trail to explore the great outdoors in a unique and fun way.
All in all, the Great American Rail Trail will cross through 12 states. The portion of the trail that goes through Idaho will connect Mullan to Plummer, right across the Idaho Panhandle.
These trails are famous for their exceptional views of the breathtaking Idaho landscape. Both of the trails have already launched tons of recreational opportunity across North Idaho and are widely used by both residents and tourists. Now they will be put to another extraordinary use.
Once complete, the Great American Rail Trail is bound to be considered one of the most amazing trails in the country, if not the entire world. Additionally, the trail is expected to bring economic benefits to the towns located along the trail since it will promote safe access between communities.
Idaho will contain approximately 90 miles of the Great American Rail Trail. Most of the trail already exists, but around 10 gap miles will be constructed in the future. According to the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy, trail completion is still "decades away", but it sure gives us something to look forward to!
For more information about this epic trail, check out the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website
What do you think? Are you excited about this new rail trail that stretches across the entire country? Check out the
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