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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.

arrowSearch all of Rhode Island's designated National Recreation Trails in the Online NRT Database


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The Blackstone River Bikeway begins in Providence, RI
(photo by Stuart Macdonald)


Blackstone River Bikeway This 48-mile bikeway will eventually connect Providence, Rhode Island, to Worcester, Massachusetts. This recreational/alternative transportation facility links 15 "Preserve America" municipalities along the Blackstone River, an American Heritage river, and is in the center of the National Park Service's "John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor." With 9 miles of the trail already completed, this diverse partnership is making significant progress towards revitalizing the riverfront and connecting different communities. In addition to its scenic features, trail users can enjoy recreational activities such as biking, horseback riding, and boating (designated 2005).



Cliff Walk Trail The Walk runs 3.5 miles through a National Historic District with views of Newport's famous mansions and through the campus of Salve Regina University. Cliff Walk is the top attraction in Newport, RI with an estimated 750,000-plus visitors each year. Guides for the visitor include: The Cliff Walk Book, a Walking Tour Guide for the Cliff Walk, and a Guide to Newport's Cliff Walk.





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