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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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Opening the Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in Halfmoon, NY

Chenango Canal Towpath Trail — This 6-mile trail is ideal for walking, jogging, horseback riding, bicycling, and cross-country skiing along the placid waters of the historic Chenango Canal in and near the town of Madison (designated 2009).

Feeder Canal Towpath Trail — This 9-mile linear park adjoins one of the last surviving in-use portions of the original New York Canal System, the Glens Falls Feeder Canal, joining Queensbury and Kingsbury (designated 2009).

Historic Champlain Canalway Trail — An approximately 1.75-mile segment of the projected 58-mile long Canalway Trail corridor, this trail in Halfmoon appeals to bird watchers, history buffs, and health-conscious recreationists (designated 2009).

Orange Heritage Trail — This 11.5-mile rail-trail in Orange County is popular with residents and visitors alike, offering biking and bird watching opportunities amidst historic landmarks, local farms, and a wildlife sanctuary (designated 2007).

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The Walkway over the Hudson bridge is 1.25 miles long and The top of the

bridge deck is 212 feet above the water.

Walkway Over the Hudson — The 1888 Poughkeepsie-Highland railroad bridge over the Hudson River has been re-engineered for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities to enjoy the scenic view 212 feet above the water (designated 2009).

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail — Passing through three municipalities in the lower Hudson Valley, this 12.2-mile trail and greenway offers year-round non-motorized recreation through active farms and orchards, woodlands, wetlands, and the Huguenot Street National Historic Landmark District (designated 2007).

Walt Whitman Trail — Situated in one of the busiest areas of Long Island, this 8.2-mile greenway begins at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and traverses the hills of the glacial Ronkonkoma Moraine, providing a quiet refuge for hikers, equestrians, and other trail users (designated 2007).

Zim Smith Trail - through towns and villages, serving as the backbone of the Saratoga County Trail network (designated 2012).



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