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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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Little Cherry Pond Trail

Little Cherry Pond National Recreation Trail The one-mile nature trail begins on an ice push rampart at the edge of Cherry Pond, a natural 100 acre pond teeming with wildlife and offering spectacular views of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. At the end of the trail at Little Cherry Pond, there is a viewing platform where moose, beaver, otter, waterfowl, and osprey are often seen.

The Little Cherry Pond Trail provides a fascinating walk through the heart of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge. It winds through six different forest communities including: Black Spruce, Tamarack, Matrix, Balsam Fir Flat, Aspen, and Black Spruce-Tamarack Boreal Bog (designated 2006).


Mud Pond Trail On the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, visitors walk through a forest community uncommon to the Connecticut River Valley to a beautiful pond and fen deep within the refuge. Mud Pond is home to three carnivorous plant species and unusual wildlife for this part of New England. The 0.6-mile universally accessible trail has 900 feet of raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of the boreal forest and wetland communities (designated 2013).



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