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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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Ghost Run Half Marathon, Raymond Brook Marsh, Hebron, CT

along the Air Line Trail ( photo by Stan Malcolm)

Air Line State Park Trail - South This almost 22-mile converted rail-trail provides recreational and educational opportunities to the towns of East Hampton, Colchester, Hebron, and Lebanon. This multi-use trail borders wetlands and passes through forests, rock-cuts, and meadows. In addition to its many natural features, the trail allows for recreational activities such as hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, and horseback riding (designated 2002).


Quinebaug River Water Trail Thompson Section This five-mile water trail within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Thompson Lake project is an excellent 3-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water and enjoy seeing varied landscapes of forests and fields along with extensive wildlife habitat. The quiet, slow-moving Quinebaug River abounds with unique history and culture. This segment of the river has moving water (but no rapids), flat water, and no portages. The upper three miles seem isolated (except for two bridge crossings). The Corps of Engineers and the Thompson Trails Committee work collectively to maintain the entire length of the trail, the put-in at the 1804 Fabyan Dam, and the take-out at the West Thompson Lake Boat Ramp (designated 2011).


Sleeping Giant Trail System near Hamden, Connecticut is a project of the Sleeping Giant Park Association in cooperation with CT Department of Environmental Protection. The 760-foot high mountain is a popular recreation destination. Some of the trails are specifically designed for horseback riding and cross-country skiing, and are located on the lower reaches of the Giant (designated 1977).


Willimantic River Water Trail The coridor provides 21 miles of paddling trail between Stafford Springs and Windham in the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor (designated 2012).


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