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THE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS (NRT) program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. We invite you to explore America’s great national system of trails and greenways.
Search over 1,000 National Recreation Trails in the online database
See the annual designations index of new National Recreation Trails
What are the benefits of becoming a National Recreation Trail?
National Recreation Trails benefit from the prestige and increased visibility of being a part of the National Trail System. New designations are announced annually by the Secretary of Interior and recognized every two years at the National Trails Symposium. See annual designations for new National Recreation Trails.
Other national publicity includes such events as the annual NRT Photo Contest, sponsored by American Trails, which has attracted hundreds of entries from across the country.
Successful applicants receive a letter and certificate, designating their trail as an NRT. Trail managers are entitled to use the NRT logo in appropriate settings and trail publications. New 3.5" x 3.5" and 8"x 8" NRT logo signs are now available at a nominal cost from American Trails.
Order signs online from the American Trails Store
All NRTs will be included in the online searchable database of trails (sponsored by www.AmericanTrails.org) includes descriptive information, maps, and pictures for trail users. Trail managers provide information about their NRTs for the site. Keep it up to date by sending corrections and additions by e-mail to NRT@americantrails.org.
A web page for each state highlights Featured Trails with links to more information. For trails without a website, we are providing a page with photos, history, and useful facts about the project.
Other benefits include:
State Trails funding encouraged for NRTs
The Recreational Trails Program, which provides funding for trails to each state through the Federal Highway Administration, provides this guidance on NRTs: "In consultation with the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture through the Federal Interagency Council on Trails, States are encouraged to give extra project evaluation credit to projects on National Scenic Trails, National Historic Trails (provided the project provides a recreational purpose), and trails designated as National Recreation Trails."
Where do I go for more information on National Recreation Trails?
Trails for All Americans
NRTs also support the goals of Trails for All Americans. In 1990, the National Trails Agenda Project created a task force of 15 trails leaders who solicited advice from a broad cross section of the trails community nation wide. The resulting Trails for All Americans report was published by American Trails. It calls for a vast, interconnected network of private local, state and federal trails linking neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities, businesses, parks, and states throughout the country. According to the report, "most Americans would live and work within 15 minutes of this system."