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.
Search all of Tennessee's designated National Recreation Trails in the Online NRT Database
Tennessee River Blueway runs through downtown Chattanooga
East Lakeshore Trail - 21-mile hiking trail traversing the undeveloped and forested shore of Tellico Lake (designated 2012).
Keel Spring Nature Trail — located 4 miles south of Dover, Tennessee. This trail is an example of ecosystem-based, multiple-use forest management: demonstrating water quality, wildlife habitat, visual quality, biodiversity, land productivity, and the protection of special significant sites. The Keel Spring Nature Trail serves as an outdoor classroom, low-impact recreational corridor and wildlife corridor (designated 2001).
Tennessee River Blueway: This 50-mile scenic water trail offers distinct sights and sounds of the area's diverse natural environment, culture, and history; and serves as a connector to Chattanooga's renowned greenways system (designated 2006).
Warriors' Path State Park Mountain Bike Trail System — From challenging single-track to pleasant old farm roads, this 9.5-mile mountain bike trail system is a great place for mountain bikers and hikers to enjoy the best of East Tennessee scenic woodlands. The system offers hikers and cyclist varied terrain, scenic beauty, and some challenges, while minimizing impacts on park resources. The trail system is a cooperative arrangement between Tennessee State Parks and the Northeast Tennessee Mountain Bike Association. Most of the trail development was completed by volunteer labor, and volunteers continue to carry out the majority of trail maintenance work. The trail system is very close to all the urban centers in Northeast Tennessee and thus gets significant use year-round. It is also a significant part of the park's interpretive program which offers year-round opportunities for park visitors to share nature and discover remnants of local history (designated 2011).