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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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typical grassy mowed trail along the Pioneer Nature Trail

Gary L. Haller Trail runs 17.5-miles within the Mill Creek Streamway Park in Johnson Countyy, begins in Olathe and continues north through Lenexa and Shawnee. The scenic, multi-use, trail was one of the first major trail facilities completed in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It has become a model for other communities in the region and has become a major regional attraction. In 2009, an innovative integrated system of addresses printed on signage was installed to provide a more rapid response for first responders within the 911 system (designated 2010).


Perry Lake Trail — Volunteers under the direction of the Kansas Trails Council provide all of the maintenance on the trail, which is managed by the Corps of Engineers. The 30-mile trail traverses much of the historic Old Military trail from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Riley. This Perry Lake Trail is unique in its historic value, but it also distinctive in its geologic and topographic aspects. It is located in the northeast part of Kansas, which is the western edge of the eastern hardwoods. The trail runs through rolling hills and oak-hickory forest as well as open, native grasslands (designated 2006).


Pioneer Nature Trail — This 1.3-mile trail at Council Grove Lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two trail loops features upland woodlands, tallgrass prairie, and the remnants of buffalo wallows. The first trail loop is ¾ of a mile long and was completed in June 1981 by the Corps, Kansas State & Extension Forestry, and Kansas Trails Council. The Buffalo Wallow Loop is ½ mile long and was completed June 2006 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers with the help of volunteers (designated 2009).


Sand Creek Trail — Near North Newton, on the edge of the Bethel College campus, this two-mile all-weather woodchip trail traverses riparian woodlands and old shelterbelts and hedgerows. Area residents, students and visitors of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to walk, watch birds, run, exercise pets, explore, meditate and more. Elements of an adventure course were recently constructed near the first portion of the trail. Ten benches along the trail allow rest stops to enjoy the abundant plant, animal, and bird life. A modest endowment has been established to maintain the trail and its associated facilities (designated 2011).


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