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Where would you be without trails?

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A Cross-Country Trail to Connect a Nation: The Great American Rail-Trail

Ten National Recreation Trails to Check Out in New York

CRT's Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards 2019 - Call for Nominations

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

2018 NRT Photo Contest Winners Announced

Black History Has Always Played an Important Role in the Trails World

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Trails Fund and Insurance program

A Joint Initiative of American Trails and Conservation United, Inc.

An emerging grant program known as the “Trails Fund” serves the dual goals of bringing insurance expertise and continuity to the trails industry, while leveraging insurance commission and premium.

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Emerging Trail Leaders

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Robert Frost and Stewart Udall in 1962

Robert Frost and Stewart Udall in 1962

"A national trail is indeed a portal to the past. But it is also an inroad to our national character. It tells us how we got where we are. Our trails are both irresistible and indispensable... It is up to all of us who care so deeply for the future of this great country to join in this uniquely American undertaking of building, maintaining and protecting these unique treasures. I hope you will join me, for the sake of the generations to come."

-- Stewart Udall, "The National Trail System: A Grand Experiment" (2008), Mr. Udall represented Arizona in the U.S. House from 1953 until President Kennedy appointed him Secretary of Interior in 1961.

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