Celebrate the last 50 years of trails with the summer edition of American Trails Magazine

The summer edition of American Trails Magazine is now available, and it’s a celebration of the last fifty years of trails!


President Lyndon Johnson with a map of the National Trails System in 1968

The summer edition of American Trails Magazine is now available, and it’s a celebration of the last fifty years of trails! Inside you will find a timeline following the evolution of the National Trails system from the 1968 signing of the National Trails Act to now, as well as a deep dive into the history of American Trails through the last thirty years.

Find out more about the 19 newly added National Recreation Trails by checking out our NRT spread, where we break them down state by state and highlight what each new trail has to offer. These trails truly do showcase the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to deserts, waterways, and mountains.

Col. Mike Buckley at the South Rim Grand Canyon

Col. Mike Buckley at the South Rim Grand Canyon

Our Spring 2018 issue featured an organization called Warrior Expeditions, which sponsors veterans as they tackle long-distance trails as a way of healing from their war experiences. In our summer issue we hear directly from one of those veterans, Col. Mike Buckley, as he takes us on a journey with him across the Arizona Trail in his essay, “Walk Easy, Hike Strong.”

Check out these and other great highlights, such as a spotlight on the North Country Trail and our latest International Trails Symposium news, in this jam-packed and exciting issue!

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On behalf of the thousands of diverse trail users our collective organizations represent, we urge appropriators to adequately invest in our nation’s trails.

Laws, Regulations, and Policies Skills and Competencies

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Why YOU Should Submit Your Trail for National Recreation Trail (NRT) Designation

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