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. 


Carolina Thread Trail

Charlotte, NC


The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of trails that connect 2.9 million people in 15 counties in North and South Carolina. The Thread Trail is an unprecedented regional collaboration that works to connect people and communities to nature and each other through its 1,610 miles of trails, greenways and blueways.


Delaware & Lehigh Trail



The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is both a diverse, multi-faceted organization, and a multi-use trail spanning 165 miles from the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania through the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County.


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. 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. 


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.