Let me start by writing that, emphatically, there was no way to cover in this post every trail that was influential in the development of the 22,000 miles of rail-trails we know and love today. So consider this post #1 on this subject.
In February 1986, RTC opened its doors, and since that time, trails have become the fabric of our existence—for health and physical activity, transportation, economic development, recreation and cultural impact. (They are, in a word, awesome.) Here are 10 rail-trail game-changers—in no particular order.