54 New National Recreation Trails Added To System In Advance Of National Trails Day

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

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

ALASKA

Beaver Creek Water Trail

Kanatak Trail

CALIFORNIA

Aliso Creek Regional Bikeway, Riding and Hiking Trail

The Los Angeles River Trail (Greenway/Bike Path)

COLORADO

Sand Creek Regional Greenway

CONNECTICUT

Willimantic River Water Trail

FLORIDA

Aucilla River

Cross Seminole Trail

Econfina River

Flagler Trail

Foster's Hammock Loop Trail

North Bay Trail

Seminole Wekiva Trail

Wacissa River

GEORGIA

Bartram Trail at Thurmond Lake

Georgia Coast Saltwater Paddle Trail

Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail

ILLINOIS

Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail

INDIANA

B-Line Trail

IOWA

Tallgrass Trail

Veterans Trail

MICHIGAN

North Central State Trail

MINNESOTA

Finger Lakes Canoe Trail

Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail

Verchota Canoe Trail

MISSISSIPPI

Bailey's Woods Trail

NEW MEXICO

High Desert Trail System

NEW YORK

Zim Smith Trail

NORTH CAROLINA

Overmountain Victory Trail

OREGON

Tillamook County Water Trail System

TENNESSEE

East Lakeshore Trail

Wolf River Greenway Trail

TEXAS

Leon Creek North Greenway

Medina River Greenway

Tejano Walking Trails

VIRGINIA

Warrenton Branch Greenway

WASHINGTON

Bennington Lake Trail System

Foothills Regional Trail

WEST VIRGINIA

Sunrise Carriage Trail

WISCONSIN

Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail