Chuck Flink of Greenways Incorporated recounts the history of the national trails movement from the early twentieth century to the early twenty-first.


The Present

Part 2 of 3

Chuck Flink of Greenways Incorporated reviews the current state of regional trail systems around the U.S.


The Future

Part 3 of 3

Chuck Flink of Greenways Incorporated looks ahead to the future of trails in America.




Bay Area Ridge Trail

San Francisco, CA


Since the late 1980s, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council has been working toward its vision of a continuous, 550-mile trail route along the ridgelines overlooking San Francisco Bay. Today, 375 miles are open and ready to explore 80% of which is open to bikes and horses. Bit-by-bit continuous sections are being knit together to provide true thru-hike (or bike, or ride!) opportunities. 


Great Rivers Greenway

st louis, missouri 


Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways. In 2000, a vote of the people created a sales tax to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers & parks. Those funds allow us to collaborate with partners and communities to build, care for and bring to life your network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way.

We serve the 2 million people throughout our 1,200 square mile district of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. There are 45 greenways identified in the overall “River Ring” plan. 


Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

Pennsylvania - ohio - west virginia - new york


The Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition is collaborating to complete and connect a system of 1,500+ miles of shared use trails. The goal is to connect the trail network so that local and visiting trail users can walk and bike from trail to trail, city to city, and town to town. The system is 48% complete, linking 51 counties and four states creating a premiere trail destination.

Communities in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and the southwestern corner of New York have a shared past, present and future of innovation, steel, agriculture and manufacturing. Through IHTC’s initiative, these states will share reinvention, renewal, and innovation once more.


Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition



The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area designated by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the canal that helped America and our nation grow. Annually, more than 2.5 million Americans find their way to the iconic 87-mile Towpath Trail running through the heart of the Canalway.