The Link Trail connects two nationally and internationally prominent trails - the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
The Link Trail connects the Southern Great Plains with the Interior Highlands, spanning from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the Appalachian Foothills.
The Link Trail connects other significant trails, including the Natchez Trace between Nashville, Tennessee and Natchez, Mississippi.
The Link Trail advances a national trail system similar to the 15,000 mile Trans Canada Trail ("Great Trail") and 37,000 mile Grande Redonnee ("GR footpath") in France.
The Link Trail will privide a continental bridge to someday connect Florida's trail network with Arizona's trail network.
The Link Trail utilizes 650 miles of existing trails, including the Ouachita National Recreation Trail and the Arkansas River Trail.
The Link Trail utilizes visionary rails-to-trails projects, including the Tanglefoot Trail in Mississippi and Northeast Texas Trail.
The Link Trail connects other regional trails, including the Ozark Highlands Trail and Buffalo National Wild and Scenic River in Arkansas.
The Link Trail passes through the Southern Great Plains, including national grasslands, monuments and wildlife refuges.
The Link Trail passes through the Mississippi Delta region, Red Clay Hills and Appalachian Foothills.
The Link Trail may be considered the nation's first National Cultural Trail, a cross section of cultures of the American South and Southwest.
The Link Trail includes and connects over 20 percent of the nation's most iconic (natural, cultural, industrial and monumental) places.
The Link Trail includes about 33 percent of the nation's most iconic places when considering cities and regions uniquely connected to the trail.
The Link Trail connects cultural history, including Civil Rights monuments, Civil War battles, the Trail of Tears, ancient mound sites, and more.
The Link Trail connects diverse cultures, music history, folklife traditions, arts, architecture, religions, languages and other cultural interests.
The Link Trail offers a phenomenal cross section of the continent's geological and physiographic features, and promotes interest in nature and science.
The Link Trail presents opportunities for education and scientific study, including ecology, environmental studies, ornithology, wildlife biology, botany, forestry, and archaeology.
The Link Trail passes through 16-18 unique ecoregions, designated by the EPA, offering exposure to diverse landscapes, vegitation, wildlife and waterways.
The Link Trail may serve a population of more than 36 million people living on or near the trail, possibly hosting local civic events.
The Link Trail will benefit at least 360,000 local people annually if only 1 out of 100 people utilize any section of it each year.
The Link Trail will pass near, but not directly through many populated cities, including Albuquerque, Amarillo, Dallas, Fort Worth, Nashville and Atlanta.
The Link Trail is anticipated to pass directly through very few cities, like Little Rock, Arkansas, but to provide easy access to many others.
The Link Trail provides access for over 14 million Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Houston area residents to nearby mountain ranges.
The Link Trail passes through many of the Southwest, Central and Southeast regions' sparsely populated rural and agricultural areas.
The Link Trail presents many opportunities for economic benefits from tourism, markets and new local business activities.
The Link Trail generates interest in historic and cultural sites and unique environments along "roads less traveled" and in underutilized parks.
The Link Trail presents opportunities for thru-hiking and bicycle touring, as well as month-long, week-long and weekend travel.
The Link Trail offers a 10-month window for recreation, compared with the shorter 6-month to 8-month window of the North-South trails.
The Link Trail presents possibilities for sectional "loop tours", making it possible to plan exciting road trips or hikes in stages.
The Link Trail connects to the rugged Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a challenging trail utilized by the annual Ride the Divide competition.
The Link Trail serves as an ideal route for a bike tour, perhaps even a multi-stage competitive bike event, that crosses an exciting series of American landscapes.
The Link Trail concept presents the opportunity to build the nation's first Intermodal Trail, supporting parallel driving, hiking, and bike/wheelchair access, along with provisions for future forms of transit and multimodal connections between attractions.
More information is available in Planning Details and Frequently Asked Questions.