Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 54 trails as national recreation trails, adding almost 1,400 miles of trails to the National Trails System. Spanning 23 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect to the great outdoors.
“From Alabama to Alaska, these national recreation trails provide a gateway to outdoor recreation in both urban and rural areas,” said Secretary Salazar. “I am proud to partner with communities across the nation to expand this extraordinary network of trails, allowing more Americans to enjoy the great outdoors.”
Today’s announcement comes in advance of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, when hundreds of organized activities – including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications – will take place around the country.
A listing of activities is available at http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/.
“Today’s trails join a network of more than 1,150 previously-designated trails that span more than 13,650 miles,.” said Director Jarvis. “As we celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, I encourage everyone to explore a trail – new or old – and enjoy the natural world.”
The national trail system has become so extensive that if all the trails were laid end to end they would cross the entire country more than four times, offering millions of Americans opportunities to bike, hike, paddle and spend time with their family and friends outdoors, Jarvis noted.
National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in localparks across the nation. Each of the new national recreation trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Salazar, and a set of trail markers.
The national recreation trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the national recreation trails website at http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails.
The following 54 trails have been designated as national recreation trails.
For more information on each trail, please click here.
- Alabama State Lands Bartram Canoe Trail
- Blevins Gap Nature Preserve Trail System
- Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Trail System
- Goose Pond Colony Nature and Walking Trail
- Monte Sano Nature Preserve Trail System
- Oak Mountain Red Trail
- Scottsboro City Park Walking Trail
- Sokol Park Mountain Bike Trail System
- The Forever Wild Coon Creek Trail System
- The Forever Wild Freedom Hills Trail System
- The Forever Wild Shoal Creek Preserve Trail System
- The Forever Wild Walls of Jericho Trail System
- The Forever Wild Wehle Trail System
- Wade Mountain Nature Preserve Trail System
- Beaver Creek Water Trail
- Kanatak Trail
- Aliso Creek Regional Bikeway, Riding and Hiking Trail
- The Los Angeles River Trail (Greenway/Bike Path)
- Sand Creek Regional Greenway
- Willimantic River Water Trail
- Aucilla River
- Cross Seminole Trail
- Econfina River
- Flagler Trail
- Foster’s Hammock Loop Trail
- North Bay Trail
- Seminole Wekiva Trail
- Wacissa River
- Bartram Trail at Thurmond Lake
- Georgia Coast Saltwater Paddle Trail
- Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail
- Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail
- B-Line Trail
- Tallgrass Trail
- Veterans Trail
- North Central State Trail
- Finger Lakes Canoe Trail
- Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail
- Verchota Canoe Trail
- Bailey’s Woods Trail
- High Desert Trail System
- Zim Smith Trail
- Overmountain Victory Trail
- Tillamook County Water Trail System
- East Lakeshore Trail
- Wolf River Greenway Trail
- Leon Creek North Greenway
- Medina River Greenway
- Tejano Walking Trails
- Warrenton Branch Greenway
- Bennington Lake Trail System
- Foothills Regional Trail
- Sunrise Carriage Trail
- Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail