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The National Recreation Trails Database



National Recreation Trails (NRTs) provide for numerous outdoor recreation activities in a variety of urban, rural, and remote areas. Over 1,200 trails in all 50 states, available for public use and ranging from less than a mile to 485 miles in length, have been designated as NRTs on federal, state, municipal, and privately owned lands.


Accessing the National Recreation Trails Database

The online database contains information on 1262 National Recreation Trails in all 50 states. Trail data is as provided by the trail manager.


Click a button below to access the database:


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The 13 Mile Bird to Gird Pathway follows the Turnagain Arm in alaska
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American Trails is working with the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the National Recreation Trails Program. Trails may be nominated for NRT designation each year.


For more information on National Recreation Trails and to learn how to apply for NRT designation, see the NRT Homepage hosted by American Trails.


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trail noteTrail Managers: If your trails data is incorrect or is not included in this database, you may submit an update online. See the NRT Trail Managers page for more information. Updates may be made by the trail managing agency or organization responsible for management of the trail. See the checklist of data that can be updated or added to your online trail information.


trail noteTrail Users: If trail data is missing or incorrect for a trail that you are familiar with, please contact the trail manager (listed on the trail's detailed information page) and ask him/her to submit an update.



NOTE: The information on this web site and/or in this database is provided for the convenience of the public, trail managers, organizations, elected officials, etc. Neither the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, nor American Trails can guarantee that the information is accurate. Trail users are urged to inquire locally about weather, trail conditions, trail characteristics, fees, and regulations! The information on this web site and/or in this database should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government, and any mention of trade names, commercial products, or businesses does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government.






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The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails:


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