The multipurpose trail system provides cyclists, hikers and walkers a valued public resource and an opportunity to experience breathtaking landscapes, meet new towns and engage in this unique historic trail. Through the efforts of The September 11th Trail Alliance, along with cooperation of local and state governments, assistance of federal agencies, and great friendships of East Coast Greenway, the trail is real today.
The September 11th Trail Alliance was formed in 2004, is a not-for-profit, 501 (C) 3 Organization. All donations and contributions to the September 11th Trail Alliance are tax deductible. To become a member or to volunteer and help take action in your local community please consider becoming a Member.
About The Trail
On that fateful day, nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft, crashing two aircraft into New York City’s World Trade Center Twin Towers; another aircraft plunged into the Pentagon, and the heroic passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 stopped a fourth airliner from striking the nation’s capitol by forcing it to crash land in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Several days later, just blocks from the Pentagon and minutes from our Nations’ Capitol, conservation and recreation leaders from across the country convened to attend the “Mid-Atlantic Governors Conference on Greenways, Blueways and Green Infrastructure” at a nearby hotel less than a half-mile from the Pentagon. In the planning stage for nearly a year, it was decided that the conference should go on in the spirit that the terrorists would not disrupt our daily lives. The conference was a rousing success; the only dilemma being that those conference members planning to travel by air from across the country and abroad were prohibited from attending due to the restrictions on air travel.
At the concluding forum one of the conference organizers presented the audience with the vision of establishing a multi-use trail as a perpetual remembrance of those heroes lost on that fateful day. The trail route would start from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia proceeding to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, then across to New York City and back down to the Pentagon. It would be called the September 11th National Memorial Trail. The conference participants’ response was exciting and the concept moved forward.