About Us

Local residents living in the vicinity of the Central California Traction Company (CCTC) Rail Corridor founded the Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation (CVRTF) in the year 2000.  CVRTF is a non-profit public charity that leads a coalition of recreation and community organizations, businesses and local residents who are committed to the goal of utilizing the CCTC corridor for non-motorized recreation and alternative commuting.  The Foundation has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and benefits from the services of its all-volunteer Board of Directors.

The proposed trail will provide a safe location for hiking, biking, and equestrian travel, and will provide access to numerous planned and existing trails and parks in both Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties.  Visit the Map Page to view the planned route and proposed trail design.

To learn more about rail trails across the country, visit the site of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, a national organization that helps local communities transform the dream of a trail into a community asset.


CVRTF Board Members pictured at their 2012 January Meeting at Wine & Wings Ranch in Wilton. From left to right: Nancy Myers, Betsy Mahan, Charlotte Fernandez, Michelle Nelson,
Douglas Baker (ret.), Patricia Baker, Dr. Robert Hunter, Ann Ullrich.
Not pictured are Kathleen Jacobson and Ellen Carlson.

Contact CVRTF: trailfest@cvrtf.org


The Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation welcomes the involvement of volunteers and contributors.

Following are ways you can help create the trail:

  • Contact Union Pacific Railroad Company and ask them to resume acquisition discussions.
  • Sign up on the Join Us page, and let us know how you would like to be involved.
  • Make a monetary or in-kind donation to assist with planning, outreach and operating expenses.  You can donate on-line or send a check made payable to “CVRTF” to P.O. Box 12, Wilton, CA 95693.
  • Volunteer for activities such as the annual TrailFest fundraising event, communications with local residents and organizations, and preparation of surveys and presentation materials.
  • Inform your friends and neighbors of the opportunity that exists to create the trail.
  • Arrange for a presentation to be made at your service club, community association or work site. CVRTF will provide the talking points and a presenter upon request.  Send an E-mail with your request.
  • Contact your local, state and federal elected representatives and ask for their public endorsement of the trail.  Let them know that the trail is a better alternative for the community, rather than its current unmaintained status, or high speed rail.
  • Write a message of support to local newspapers such as the Sacramento Bee, the Stockton Record and the Elk Grove Citizen.
  • Attend the quarterly meetings, held the first Tuesday of July, October, January & April, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at locations to be announced.  Dates and  locations can always be found on the Home page.