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.
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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Tradewinds Trail in El Yunque National Forest
(photo by Jerry Bauer)
Paseo del Morro — The trail is located within the San Juan, Puerto Rico, National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service. The Paseo del Morro follows the massive sandstone walls, dating back to the 1630s, that surround the city of Old San Juan. Paseo del Morro once served as the maintenance road for the west section of the Old San Juan wall system. In 1998, the maintenance road was converted into a trail. The trail meanders along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean providing a historical experience unlike any other.
El Toro Trail — The trail is ocated on the Western side of the forest near a rural community. It is a remote nature trail that offers a unique experience to hikers. The trail was constructed by the Civil Conservation Corps in the 1940’s and is still very much in the same condition as when it was originally constructed. When hikers reach El Torro peak, views are spectacular. A panoramic view of the forest and the Atlantic shoreline is impressive. The flora and fauna found along the trail are unique to the upper elevations of the rain forest. Due to the rain, lush vegetation, and steep slopes, the trail can be very challenging for a first time hiker.
Trade Winds Trail — This remote trail which leads the hiker to El Toro Peak, one of the highest peaks in the forest. It also connects to El Toro Trail. Once the hiker reaches El Toro Peak, the views of the forest and the Atlantic Ocean shoreline are spectacular. The flora and fauna found along the trail are unique to the upper elevations of the rain forest. Due to the rain, lush vegetation and steep slopes, the trail can be very challenging to the first-time hiker. The trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1940s.