Port Angeles, WA. With help from Governor Inslee’s office and other Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) friends, the Rails to Trails Conservancy made a late-breaking decision to add the ODT to the Great American Rail-Trail (GART)— truly making a route all the way from Washington, D.C., to the Pacific Ocean here in Washington State. Consider the economic opportunities and the benefits for communities along the route of a multiuse trail that stretches more than 3,700 miles from Washington to Washington.
Jeff Bohman, President of the Peninsula Trails Coalition Board, shared the news about the recognition, “Inclusion of the Olympic Discovery Trail as the westernmost segment of the “coast-to-coast” GART represents a HUGE recognition of the significance of the ODT and the vision for its completion. It also will provide a significant boost to the work of the Peninsula Trails Coalition and all the ODT jurisdictional partners to complete the missing pieces in the full vision of a continuous trail from Port Townsend to La Push.”
“The ODT is one of the Olympic Peninsula’s crown jewels, linking together many of our communities and attracting outdoor enthusiasts to visit. We expect that attraction to grow, bringing more cyclists, runners and walkers from further afield to experience the variety of trail offerings,” Marsha Massey, Executive Director, Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, added.
The GART will be 3,700+ miles when complete. There are 1,900+ existing trail miles. More than 52% of GART is complete. There are 125+ existing trails hosting the route with 90+ trail gaps over the 12-state route. ODT The 130-mile Olympic Discovery Trail is composed of road and multi-use path. Today, more than half of the ODT route is on non-motorized paths with more added every year.
To learn more about the Great American Rail-Trail and to view the preferred route, visit greatamericanrailtrail.org and follow @greatmamericanrailtrail on Facebook and Instagram.
For more information on the Olympic Discovery Trail, https://olympicdiscoverytrail.org/explore/