With National Trails Day arriving Saturday, hikers, bikers, and paddlers in 23 states will have access to a new national recreation trails in their respective states.
On Thursday the secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service director announced the designation of 54 trails. If combined end-to-end, they would stretch almost 1,400 miles.
“From Alabama to Alaska, these national recreation trails provide a gateway to outdoor recreation in both urban and rural areas,” said Interior Secretary Ken 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.”
On Saturday, National Trails Day, 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 this site.
“Today’s trails join a network of more than 1,150 previously-designated trails that span more than 13,650 miles," said Park Service 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, Mr. Jarvis noted.
National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks 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.
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
Aliso Creek Regional Bikeway, Riding and Hiking Trail
The Los Angeles River Trail (Greenway/Bike Path)
Sand Creek Regional Greenway
Willimantic River Water Trail
Cross Seminole Trail
Foster's Hammock Loop Trail
North Bay Trail
Seminole Wekiva Trail
Bartram Trail at Thurmond Lake
Georgia Coast Saltwater Paddle Trail
Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail
Carlyle Lake Multi-Use 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