Launched in May of 2019, the Great American Rail-Trail envisions an unbroken off-road trail from Washington D.C. to Seattle, WA. Spearheaded by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the “Great American” will stretch more than 3,700 hundred miles while passing through 12 states. The concept aims to create an incomparable experience exploring America’s heritage and scenic beauty
In Indiana, the Great American will pass right through the heart of the NIRPC Region, entering from the east at the Kankakee River in LaPorte County, then crossing south in Porter County, where it turns northwest into Lake County. Nearly half of the route in Indiana is already built, although much work remains in our Region.
NIRPC has been working with stakeholders on this national vision locally so as to take full advantage of the potential tourism the Great American will attract.
For more information about the trail, please visit: Great American Rail Trail.