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50th Anniversary of the National Trails System

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IT'S THE NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY and you're invited to the party!

In 2018, America will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Leading up to the anniversary on October 2, 2018, we will be showcasing some of our favorite National Recreation Trails, National Historic Trails, and National Scenic Trails every month. Join in the celebration and check out these great trails.


Hatfield-McCoy National Recreation Trail, West Virginia

National Recreation Trails

Since the first designations in 1971, 1,294 National Recreation Trails have been designated, including 21 National Water Trails (a subset of NRTs). There are over 26,000 miles of NRTs, and 3,878.7 miles of NWTs. Trail length ranges from less than a mile to a 1,500-mile water trail. There are NRTs in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, MT, NPS

National Historic Trails

There are 19 National Historic Trails within the National Trails System. These trails are long-distance trails (more than 100 miles long) and are historic in nature. Just as wonderful for a short day visit as a cross-country expedition following in the footsteps of our ancestors, these trails call to all who want to explore America's rich history and cultural diversity.


Vasquez Rocks, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

National Scenic Trails

There are 11 National Scenic Trails within the National Trails System. These trails are long-distance trails (more than 100 miles long) and are recreational in nature. Just as wonderful for a short day visit as a long-distance backpacking adventure, these trails call to all who want to explore America's natural landscapes.

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of the National Trails System Act
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American Trails Initiatives

National Recreation Trails Ambassadors

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to visit as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible over the next year, to gather data and identify issues on these great trails.

Trails Move People

A coalition of trail-focused organizations amplifying the voice of a diverse trails and greenways community. Through identification of shared values, collaboration, education, and communication, Trails Move People raises awareness of the economic, social and political value of trails.

Emerging Leaders Program

The Emerging Leaders Program immerses young leaders in learning best practices and trends in the trails profession to help pave the path to careers in natural resource management.

Trail Training

International Trails Symposium

Syracuse, New York will host the 24th American Trails International Trails Symposium, to be held April 28 - May 1, 2019.

National Trails Training Partnership

Learn new skills with trails training across America.

Advancing Trails Webinars

American Trails webinars bring agencies, trailbuilders, advocates, and volunteers the latest in state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways.

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