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Long path ahead for organizers of cross-country trail

May 23, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Although it’s a long way from being completed, organizers of the Great American Rail-Trail were celebrating recently in Three Forks.

That was the site for one of many launch parties meant to bring attention to the 3,700-mile biking and walking route that organizers hope will one day traverse the United States from Washington state to Washington, D.C., passing through 12 states.

“It was really great to see our community step forward,” said Michelle McNamee, state trails coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, who attended the kick-off event. “Obviously it will be a big challenge with initial funding and maintenance,” but people seem excited.

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The group gathered in Three Forks because its Headwaters Trail System would be included as a portion of the cross-country route, the Billings Gazette %href_on(file:

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