Call for Submissions: Rails-to-Trails Project

About the Project

Rail-Trail Connections

Before: Victor Hand, A railcar inspects St. Paul Pass on the Milwaukee Road mainline near the Montana-Idaho border at Adair, Idaho, on June 15, 1978. After: Route of the Hiawatha trail, St. Paul Pass, Idaho. Copyright Traillink user.


We are looking for photographs showing contemporary views of rail-trails. You can help us develop a new exhibition project exploring the ways railroads continue to connect people and places, even when they no longer exist. Through the revitalization and reuse of abandoned rail lines, rail trails provide public access to former railroad spaces as recreational trails. The project aims to educate the general public about the prolific influence that railroads have left on the United States’ history, geography, economy, and community structures through the lens of the rail-trail movement and its presence in both rural and urban life.

The exhibition will be presented as re-photography using the CRP&A’s own collection for historical images juxtaposed with present-day images to contextualize the narrative of the rise, decline, and renaissance of many American railroads in a frequent tale of rebirth as rail-trails.

We need your help showing the contemporary changes along these rail lines. On the adjacent tab is a list of rail-trails set to be featured in the exhibition that still need to be photographed. They are split into two priority groups based on importance to the project.

You can photograph these trails in a number of ways.

  • Re-photography: take an exact re-photograph of a CRP&A image
  • Social change: show how human interactions and built infrastructure along the rail line have changed
  • Landscape/Environmental change: show how the physical landscape along the rail line has changed


For information about submitting to this project please send a note detailing which trail(s) you would be interested in photographing to Our exhibition staff will provide you with additional information about the best approach to photographing a specific trail as it relates to the exhibition narrative.

There is no limit on the number of trails you can contribute to. All images must be high-resolution JPEG or TIF files with a pixel dimension of at least 3,000 on one side. Please provide basic caption information, location and date, as well as optional supplemental text describing your journey to make the photograph. Please also provide your contact information: name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

If selected, the CRP&A may feature your photograph(s) in our upcoming rail-trails exhibition project, and may also use them in our journal, Railroad Heritage, online, or in another appropriate format. The Center reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use on website, Facebook, and other social media, or for public exhibition. In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.

Trails to Photograph

Still looking for photographers for these trails

Trail Name State Priority
Razorback Regional Greenway Arkansas 1
Bay Area Trail Collaboration California 1
San Francisco Bay Trail California 1
Withlacoochee State Trail Florida 2
Atlanta Beltline Georgia 1
Silver Comet Trail Georgia 1
Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes Idaho 1
Green Bay Trail Illinois 2
Robert McClory Bike Path Illinois 2
Rock Island Trail Illinois 1
Sauk Rail-Trail Iowa 1
Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Maine/Vermont 2
Baltimore Greenway Trail Network Maryland 1
Capital Crescent Trail Maryland / Washington, D.C. 1
Betsie Valley Trail Michigan 2
Macomb Orchard Trail Michigan 2
Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail Nebraska 1
Erie Canalway Trail New York 1
D&L Trail Pennsylvania 1
Path of the Flood Trail Pennsylvania 2
Pine Creek Rail Trail Pennsylvania 1
Burke-Gilman Trail Washington 1
Medicine Bow Rail Trail Wyoming 1