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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

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Guadalupe River Trail is part of the San Jose Trail Network

Aliso Creek Regional Bikeway, Riding and Hiking Trail fruns rom the foothills of Orange County to Laguna Beach (designated 2012).



King Range Trail Spectacular mountain trails with wide ocean views in northern California's Mendicino County. The King Range contains over 70 miles of hiking trails spanning from the beach to the highest peaks. Most of the upland trails are strenuous due to the steep rugged nature of the area. See photos and details...



Los Angeles River Trail (Greenway/Bike Path) runs 7 miles from Griffith Park to Downtown Los Angeles (designated 2012).


Lost Coast Trail The premier coastal backpacking trail in California along the Lost Coast. Much of the route runs along the beach but there are some challenging sections. At several places along the trail rivers cut canyons out of the steep hills running along the coast and run into the Pacific. Campsites along the trail are on sandy river shoals at these river crossings, just above sea level. See photos and details...


Mountains to Sea Trail – This 22-mile urban nature reserve and bikeway starts in Weir Canyon and travels through six jurisdictions, enabling trail users to experience the diversity of the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve (designated 2006).

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Tahoe Rim Trail circles Lake tahoe on the border of CA and NV

Nadeau Trail Within a Bureau of Land Management Special Recreation Management Area on the east side of the Argus Range in western Panamint Valley, the trail provides off-highway vehicle, wilderness hiking, and packing opportunities for history seekers and desert recreationists. The 28-mile trail is a piece of living history with access to steep mountain slopes, expansive views, and highly dissected desert canyons (designated 2013).


Sacramento River Trail and Sacramento Rail Trail Based on a partnership between the City of Redding, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and Shasta County, these trails are an example of what is possible through a joint effort between various agencies and local groups. Once completed, the river trail system will provide 20 miles of public access to the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam and downtown Redding. This scenic trail system allows for a number of recreational activities including biking, hiking, boating, and horseback riding (designated 2002).

San Jose Trail Network – Three connecting trails – the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose (designated 2009).


Tahoe Rim Trail – NRT designation includes 96 miles of the 165-mile trail which runs along the ridges and mountain tops that encircle Lake Tahoe. The trail winds through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, three national forests, and state park land (designated 2003). See more photos of the Tahoe Rim Trail...


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