Rewilding D.C

D.C’s City Trails Link Residents to the Outdoors


Rewilding D.C.: City Trails Link the Urban to the Outdoors.
D.C.’s Capital Trails Coalition is creating a 20-year plan that will create one of the largest trail networks in the U.S. and stand as a template for other American cities.
D.C. is already one of the best cities in the country for biking.
But the Capital Trails Coalition sets a vision for it to be one of the best cycling cities in the world.” —Matt Liddle, D.C. manager for REI Outdoor Programs D.C. is relatively flat, and nearly 39 percent of its residents don’t own cars.
The Rewilding Project supports multi-year projects that help dramatically reshape how large urban areas connect with the outdoors.
In D.C., REI is supporting the Capital Trail Coalition with a $500,000 grant over four years, and is working directly with WABA to help bring this vision to life.
Washington, D.C., Multiuse Trail Connectivity: Our half-million-dollar investment over four years is supporting the completion of a regional multiuse trail network in the Washington, D.C., area.
Our support of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Rails to Trails Coalition and The Trust for Public Lands will accelerate the bold vision of a regional trail network: connecting existing trails with new ones so that more communities, especially those underserved, can access outdoor recreation and alternative transportation.
Specific work includes: development of the 278-acre Big Marsh property to create one of the biggest mountain-bike parks in the country, mixed-use trails, paddling opportunities and much more; developing a brand for the area that will bring awareness to the new outdoor recreation opportunities; and, transportation planning to connect communities to Big Marsh and otherwise improve access.
Our investment in the National Forest Foundation and The Wilderness Society supports sustainable access to the San Gabriels, restoring and rerouting trails, enhancing recreation infrastructure, and increasing connectivity between the city and this special place by linking urban trails and developing alternative transportation.