A massive trail connecting Canada to three American states could be a possibility in the near future.

A New York-based non-profit has proposed the development of a 1,650-mile tri-state trail network connecting New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The trails would be purposed for hiking and biking, and would travel through each state's parks and green areas.

"Connecting the region’s precious open spaces together and to our communities via a network of trails would catalyze economic development, and boost recreational opportunities, improving health and quality of life while enhancing the biodiversity of our natural systems," reads the report outlining the proposal.

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Currently, state parks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are currently disconnected, and residents living in urban areas have limited access to trails. The hope is that the proposed trail network would bring as many as eight million residents within a half-mile of a trail. 

The trail network would also integrate the Empire Trail, a 750-mile state trail (proposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo) which would allow people to walk or bike from Manhattan to Canada. It would run through some of the most popular natural spots in the tri-state area, including the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and major cities like Brooklyn and New York City.

As many as 50 per cent of the routes in the proposal consist of trails that already exist, so any new trails built would be used to connect pre-existing ones. 

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