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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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Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail on the BLM's

Coeur d'Alene Lake Recreation Area,

Cress Creek Nature Trail — Located over a mile along the scenic South Fork of the Snake River, this interpretive trail enhances the opportunity for visitors to explore eastern Idaho at its finest. By following each of the 18 self-guided interpretive signs, visitors can learn about the unique cottonwood forests, stream and desert habitats, geological features, and local wildlife (deer, moose, eagles) and vegetation. In addition to attracting hikers and naturalists, it is easy to see why this trail draws both elementary school and college students from throughout the area. Fabulous views of the Snake River can be seen along the entire trail and the surrounding mountains and rolling farmlands leave visitors in a state of awe (designated 2005).


Mineral Ridge Trail — Managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of Coeur d'Alene Lake.


Bald Mountain Trail The trail is uphill only for mountain bikers. About halfway up cyclists can take the Bald Mountain Traverse for a shorter ride. If you climb to the top, you're treated with great views and a fast ride down either the Cold Springs or Warm Springs trail. From the top of the mountain hikers can hike down the Bald Mountain Trail or, hike up the trail and ride the lift down.


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Weiser River Trail is an 85-mile long rail-trail

Weiser River Trail is an 85-mile long rail-trail located between Weiser and New Meadows. It offers a variety of experiences for non-motorized trail users as it passes through desert canyons, evergreen forests, alpine meadows, and small towns. Highlights of the trail are the historic trestles and abundant wildlife. A notable annual group activity is the four-day “Wagon Train Ride,” covering 60 miles between Weiser and Council.









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