posted Aug 6, 2019

Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

Spanning nearly 400 miles across eight counties, this backcountry trail system provides for a variety of trail uses, including all-terrain vehicle use, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

  tags: blm, horses and equestrian trails, historic, mountain biking, ohv, tourism, backcountry

posted Jul 29, 2019

American Trails - NRT database ad


posted Jul 10, 2019

House Creek Greenway, Raleigh, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Large-scale sculptures are featured along this urban trail and bikeway which also includes the Reedy Creek Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North Carolina.

  tags: art on trails, greenway

posted Jul 2, 2019

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

by Ryan Chao with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The route of Great American Rail-Trail was formally revealed during a cross-country live event on May 8, 2019.


posted Apr 9, 2019

Ten National Recreation Trails to Check Out in New York

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

In honor of the International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, being held in Syracuse, New York this month, we have put together a list of ten National Recreation Trails to visit in New York State. These are just a sample of the dozens of NRTs located in New York State, so get out there and explore.


posted Mar 25, 2019

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails


posted Mar 22, 2019

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.


posted Feb 20, 2019

Utah Avalanche Center

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The state of Utah has used innovative programming to keep their citizens safe from avalanche dangers. Although they cannot completely prevent avalanches from occurring, they are educating the public through the Utah Avalanche Center about ways to avoid triggering an avalanche, and how to stay safe should one occur.

  tags: avalanche, snow, safety

posted Feb 19, 2019

2018 NRT Photo Contest Winners Announced

by American Trails Staff

The results are in! Here are our picks from the 136 photos submitted for the 2018 photo contest.


posted Jan 20, 2019

Bugline Trailhead Train Depot, Wisconsin

by American Trails

The Bugline Trail, located roughly 20 miles northeast of Milwaukee, is getting a big trailhead upgrade from the Village of Sussex, located around the halfway point of the trail. The old Sussex train depot will now serve as a trailhead complete with bathrooms, a bike repair station, and a space for community rentals.


posted Nov 16, 2018

Medina River Greenway, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The 7-mile trail near downtown San Antonio provides a beautiful, pastoral setting to enjoy nature, history, and recreation along the banks of the sinuous Medina River.


posted Nov 16, 2018

Discovering the North Country Trail

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Dedicated volunteers are working to improve and complete the trail that runs across seven northern states.


posted Nov 15, 2018

“Walk easy; Hike strong”: a Veteran’s journey of discovery on the Arizona Trail

by Mike Buckley

Warrior Expeditions is a nonprofit group that helps veterans by giving them the opportunity to participate in outdoor expeditions with the intent of improving the transition back into civilian life.


posted Nov 14, 2018

Lafitte Greenway Corridor, New Orleans, Louisiana

by Stuart Macdonald

RTP funding helped convert this utility corridor into a multiuse recreational and transportation trail route.


posted Oct 17, 2018

20,000th Recreational Trails Program Project: Wild Goose State Trail

by American Trails Staff

The RTP Database now houses 20,000 RTP Projects! These projects have received $944,000,000 and have been matched by over $562,000,000, for a total of $1,506,000,000. RTP funding requires at least a 20% match. Please note that RTP funding has leveraged nearly 60% in additional support from other sources of funding!






posted Oct 9, 2018

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  tags: greenway

posted Oct 9, 2018

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  tags: greenway


posted Oct 9, 2018

Eleven National Recreation Trails to visit this October

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

October is the official month for all things spooky, which means for trail enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to visit these sinisterly named National Recreation Trails.






posted Oct 8, 2018

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  tags: bicycle


posted Oct 8, 2018

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  tags: backcountry, ohv








posted Oct 3, 2018

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  tags: bicycle

posted Oct 3, 2018

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  tags: ohv, backcountry


posted Oct 3, 2018

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  tags: snow







posted Oct 3, 2018

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  tags: urban, backcountry




posted Oct 3, 2018

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  tags: greenway, urban





posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: snow, canal, greenway







posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: canal, historic

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: snow, urban, wildlife









posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: snow, historic

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: greenway

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: greenway, snow






posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: snow









posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: greenway, snow

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: urban

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: urban





posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: historic

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: historic

posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: snow




posted Oct 2, 2018

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  tags: bicycle





posted Oct 1, 2018

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  tags: snow, bicycle







posted Oct 1, 2018

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  tags: greenway, fitness












posted Oct 1, 2018

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  tags: bicycle



posted Oct 1, 2018

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  tags: greenway


posted Oct 1, 2018

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  tags: urban, greenway






posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: snow, backcountry









posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: snow, fitness, urban


posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: backcountry

posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: bicycle


posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: snow, greenway





posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: safety






posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: greenway













posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: volunteers







posted Sep 26, 2018

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  tags: backcountry










posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: volunteers






posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: historic

posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: urban, fitness





posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: snow











posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: backcountry

posted Sep 25, 2018

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  tags: bicycle, snow













posted Sep 12, 2018

Mount Umunhum National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

The 3.7-mile multi-use trail climbs to one of the few publicly accessible peaks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  tags: urban, nature trail

posted Sep 12, 2018

Martin Van Buren Nature Trail, New York

by American Trails Staff

The trail system at the Martin Van Buren Natural Historic Site leads to meadows, a stream, and marshland, and highlights notable trees, shrubs, flowers, and wildlife.

  tags: urban, wildlife, greenway, historic, backcountry, nature trail, snow

posted Sep 10, 2018

New trail honors Johnny Cash


posted Sep 10, 2018

Coldwater Mountain Biking Trail System, Alabama

by Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

Sandwiched halfway between the major metropolitan areas of Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA is the small town and big trail dreams of Anniston, AL and its 4,000-acre open space, Coldwater Mountain.


posted Aug 28, 2018

Volunteers maintain Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in Montana

The Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in southwest Montana provides for easy and safe use by a variety of winter visitors.














posted Aug 28, 2018

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  tags: historic, greenway

posted Aug 28, 2018

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  tags: backcountry

posted Aug 28, 2018

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  tags: greenway, urban




posted Aug 27, 2018

Accessibility improved on Lake Mead trails

by Christie Vanover

Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s two National Recreation Trails, the Historic Railroad Trail and River Mountains Loop Trail, received funding for surface and drainage improvements to ensure that the trails are in good condition for years to come.


posted Aug 27, 2018

Wyoming invests in trails at Glendo State Park

by Paul Gritten with Wyoming State Parks

  tags: volunteers

posted Aug 24, 2018

Students develop Salmon, Idaho’s podcast trail

by Gina Knudson with Salmon Valley Stewardship

Local students wrote and narrated short podcasts to educate visitors of the trail about natural and local history.

  tags: technology

posted Aug 23, 2018

River's Edge National Recreation Trail, Montana

by American Trails Staff

Whether biking, jogging, in-line skating, running or walking is your favorite outdoor activity, the 53 miles of the River's Edge Trail in Great Falls is the perfect venue. The 19 miles of paved urban trail links many local parks and attractions along both sides of the scenic Missouri River.

  tags: greenway, urban, shared use, accessibility and accessible trails, mountain biking, wildlife, snow, habitat

posted Aug 14, 2018

Fort River Birding and Nature Trail, Massachusetts

by American Trails Staff

The one-mile trail provides a chance to enjoy the natural world at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: nature trail, accessibility and accessible trails, birding, habitat, snow

posted Aug 14, 2018

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

by American Trails Staff

This designated National Recreation Trail runs 4.18 miles through northern Delaware and includes Recreational Trails Program funding.

  tags: health, accessibility and accessible trails, partnerships, mountain biking, nature trail, urban

posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

Bringing new life to communities along a 200-year-old industrial corridor.

  tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, canal

posted Jul 23, 2018

An Overview of Nebraska's Cowboy Trail

Cowboy Trail, Nebraska's first office State Recreational Trail.

  tags: economic, bicycle, tourism, walking

posted May 28, 2018

Dedication of the Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

The 1,000th National Recreation Trail dedicated to refuge manager killed on United Flight 93.

  tags: memorial

posted May 16, 2018

wherethetrailsare.com


posted May 10, 2018

Trans Canada Trail


posted May 7, 2018

Voters Embrace San Antonio's Vision of Greenways and Creek-side Trails

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System in San Antonio currently boasts a total of 41 miles of completed trail and several more miles of trail under construction and in the design phase.

  tags: greenway

posted May 7, 2018

River Walk to Creekfront: Community Perseverance Pays Off

by Robert Searns with Robert Searns & Associates

Downtown San Antonio's River Walk draws over nine million visitors per year.

  tags: greenway

posted Apr 24, 2018

Closing Gaps in the East Coast Greenway

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Incorporated

The ECG Alliance focuses on completing the long-distance system of trails and bike routes.

  tags: greenway

posted Apr 21, 2018

Partners build mountain biking trail system at Oak Mountain State Park

by Rob Grant with Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

  tags: mountain biking, partnerships

posted Apr 21, 2018

The Shoreline Greenway Trail: a study in patience, flexibility, and creativity

by John Eberle with Stantec

The 25-mile trail along a stretch of Connecticut’s southern coast faces challenges from acquiring easements, to coordinating between four towns, to designing through varying types of terrain.

  tags: habitat, tourism

posted Apr 11, 2018

Tannehill Tramway National Recreation Trail, McCalla, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

This crushed stone walking trail follows a section of an old mule-drawn tramline from the historic Tannehill Ironworks and nearby brown iron ore beds inside Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near McCalla, in central Alabama.

  tags: historic, nature trail

posted Apr 11, 2018

Village Pointe Preserve Park Trail System, Daphne, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

Crushed stone, natural surface, and boardwalk trail located in a park on the Eastern Shore Trail. The trails lead to Mobile Bay and a fishing pier with a view of the City of Mobile across the bay.

  tags: historic, nature trail, wildlife

posted Apr 11, 2018

Veterans Park National Recreation Trail, Hoover, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8-mile trail features a running/walking cross-country course and boardwalk winding through an open field, wetland, and woodlands in the City of Hoover’s newest and largest park.

  tags: shared use, parks, greenway, nature trail, urban

posted Apr 3, 2018

California Conservation Corps Learn New Skills on Accessible Urban Trail

San Diego County partnered with the California Conservation Corps to develop an accessible trail surfaced with hardened crushed granite material from TechniSoil LLC.

  tags: conservation corps

posted Apr 3, 2018

A Model for Accessibility: Learning on Crotched Mountain Trails

by Peter Jensen with Peter S. Jensen & Associates

A sustainable trails that complies with the trail accessibility guidelines without changing the setting or outdoor experience.


posted Apr 3, 2018

Cornelia, Georgia Builds Accessible Trails

The Universal Trail Assessment Process helps Cornelia, Georgia receive recreational trails funding for trail improvements.

  tags: utap

posted Apr 3, 2018

Children’s Center Trail Project Breaks Down Barriers

This trail includes sections made of different materials that can teach children with disabilities how to maneuver on surfaces such as rubber, pea gravel, mulch, boardwalk decking, and concrete pavers.


posted Apr 2, 2018

Accessible Trail Opens Michigan’s Ocqueoc Falls to All

by Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway leads visitors to the only publicly owned waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.


posted Mar 29, 2018

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system was developed cooperatively by the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park (Alabama State Parks Division) to provide recreation and access to one of the last remaining maritime forest communities along the Alabama coast.

  tags: shared use, backcountry

posted Mar 29, 2018

Montevallo Greenway Trail, Montevallo, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The two-mile Montevallo Greenway Trail connects Orr Park, the downtown business district, the University of Montevallo and the University Lake Recreation Area.

  tags: greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Queen City National Recreation Trail, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

Queen City Park Trail in Tuscaloosa runs between Queen City Ave and Jack Warner Boulevard through scenic woods and past ruins of historic park structures.

  tags: historic, shared use, urban

posted Mar 29, 2018

Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Limestone County, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The 10.2 mile trail offers a back-to-nature getaway for thousands of local residents and tourists to enjoy the great variety of opportunities created by the trail.

  tags: art on trails, birding, shared use, urban

posted Mar 29, 2018

Swan Creek Greenway National Recreation Trail, Athens, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.3 mile long shaded trail that parallels Swan Creek, offering pedestrians views of gentle rapids, ample wildlife, and lush timberlands. The trail also connects many recreational facilities open to the public.

  tags: greenway, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

James F. Hall National Recreation Trail, Newark, Delaware

by American Trails Staff

The popular cross-town pedestrian and bicycle trail in downtown Newark has an eight-foot wide hard surface and is lighted for 24-hour use.

  tags: shared use, greenway, urban

posted Mar 29, 2018

Cascadia Marine Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

This Puget Sound water trail is a network of 55 shoreline campsites for people traveling the Pacific Northwest inland sea in human or wind-powered, beachable watercraft.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Lena Lake Trail, Olympic National Forest, Washington

by American Trails Staff

Climbing through thick conifer woods to a scenic lake, the Lena Lake National Recreation Trail is managed by Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District.

  tags: birding, nature trail, parks, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 29, 2018

Spokane River Centennial National Recreation Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

The trail runs along the Spokane River for 37 miles from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, Washington. The paved trail is used both for commuting to work and for recreation.

  tags: marketing, urban, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Coon Creek Trail System - Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system consists of two trails; the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop. The trails are near Yates Reservoir in Tallapoosa County.

  tags: wildlife, backcountry, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 29, 2018

Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Eastern Shore Trail is a dedicated multipurpose trail for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle use that generally follows the shores of Mobile Bay in South Alabama for 36 miles.

  tags: historic, shared use, greenway, urban

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Jacksonville Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project.

  tags: historic, backcountry, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Piedmont Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project.

  tags: historic, greenway, nature trail, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail, Valley, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail traces the path of the Chattahoochee Valley Railway, which was constructed by the West Point Manufacturing Company to serve several cotton mills along the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia border.

  tags: art on trails, historic, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Bird to Gird National Recreation Trail, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

The Girdwood to Indian Pathway is a 13.3-mile paved trail that provides spectacular views as it parallels the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm below the mountains.

  tags: shared use, wildlife

posted Mar 27, 2018

Campbell Tract Loop Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

A popular Anchorage trail brings Alaskan wilderness to the city.

  tags: birding, wildlife, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Kanatak Trail, Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

The Kanatak Trail is a route used for centuries to cross the coastal mountains of the Alaska Peninsula. The Kanatak Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: habitat, preservation, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Perseverance National Recreation Trail, Juneau, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

Alaska's First Road: One of the three most historically significant trails in Alaska.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Pinnell Mountain Trail, Alaska

The trail follows ridges above timber line in the vastness of interior Alaska.

  tags: safety, wilderness, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Betty's Kitchen Interpretive Trail, Yuma, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This National Recreation Trail in Betty's Kitchen Wildlife and Interpretive Area invites vistors along the Colorado River at the California border.

  tags: historic, interpretation, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Central Arizona Project National Recreation Trail, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

Vision is to create a recreational trail stretching the entire 336 miles of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal.

  tags: shared use, partnerships, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Palm Canyon Trail, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

An area of rugged beauty, Palm Canyon may be the only place in Arizona where native palm trees, California Fan Palms, can be found.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Painted Desert Trail, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This backcountry trail extends over a mile through Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Tunstall Riverwalk, Jacksonport State Park, Arkansas

by American Trails Staff

Less than a mile long, this trail affords visitors a relaxing, educational stroll along the White River from Jacksonport State Park's campground to the site of the historic Mary Woods No. 2 steamboat.

  tags: historic, nature trail, parks, wildlife

posted Mar 27, 2018

King Range Crest National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular mountain trails with wide ocean views in northern California's Mendocino County

  tags: blm, wilderness, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lost Coast National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular coastal trail on the Lost Coast of northern California's Mendocino County.

  tags: wilderness, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mountains to Sea Trail, Orange County, California

by American Trails Staff

This 22-mile urban nature reserve and bikeway starts in Weir Canyon and travels through six jurisdictions, enabling trail users to experience the diversity of the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve.

  tags: shared use, wilderness, greenway, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Sacramento River Trail and Sacramento Rail Trail, Redding, CA

by American Trails Staff

Based on a partnership between the City of Redding, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and Shasta County, these trails are an example of what is possible through a joint effort between various agencies and local groups.

  tags: shared use, fitness

posted Mar 27, 2018

Guadalupe River Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenway, shared use, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Tahoe Rim Trail, Nevada and California

by American Trails Staff

The National Recreation Trail designation for the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) includes 96 miles of the 165-mile trail which runs along the ridges and mountain tops that encircle the Lake Tahoe Basin.

  tags: partnerships, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Clear Creek Trail, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This 6.5-mile family-friendly urban trail winds through the scenic Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, providing conservation benefits and recreational opportunities including biking, kayaking and bird watching.

  tags: birding, historic, urban, wildlife, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Mineral Belt Trail, Leadville, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This 12-mile trail features breathtaking views, connections to the State's mining and railroad history, and is a wonderful community resource that connects many important aspects of the town including the library, schools, hospital, and a senior living center.

  tags: snow

posted Mar 27, 2018

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge Trails, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

Located near downtown Denver, this 1.5-mile trail serves an urban population yet provides visitors an opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife amidst wetlands and prairies.

  tags: habitat, preservation, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Quinebaug River Water Trail - Thompson Lake Section, Connecticut

by American Trails Staff

This five-mile water trail within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Thompson Lake project is an excellent 3-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water and enjoy seeing varied landscapes of forests and fields along with extensive wildlife habitat.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fort Circle Park National Recreation Trail, Washington, DC

by American Trails Staff

This 7.9-mile rail connects historic forts built to defend the nation's capital during the Civil War.

  tags: historic, parks, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Berg/Animas Trail, Farmington, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Animas and Berg Parks are home to a network of trails along the Animas River in Farmington. These trails run along the river’s edges, wind through groves of native cottonwoods, and cross the Animas River by bridge at two points.

  tags: parks, horses and equestrian trails, greenway, nature trail, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Canyon National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Located in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) , this 2.2-mile interpretive trail provides access to wildlife viewing in the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.

  tags: birding, habitat, interpretation, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Catwalk Trail, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built a hanging walkway trail following the path of an old pipeline.

  tags: historic, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Chupadera Wilderness National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Traversing the Chupadera Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 9.5-mile backcountry trail is rich in wildlife and wildflowers.

  tags: habitat, wilderness, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dripping Spring Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Hiking and biking trails in the rugged area of southern New Mexico operated by the Bureau of Land Management.

  tags: blm, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

High Desert Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

The three mountain bicycling loops go from easy beginner to intermediate to technical, connecting communities of Gamerco and Mentmore, adjacent to Gallup, New Mexico. Designed specifically for mountain bikes, the trail system is great for an afternoon loop mountain bike ride with the family or all-day epic ride.

  tags: mountain biking, fitness, nature trail, desert trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Tent Rocks Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Intriguing rock formations on the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Historic Champlain Canalway Trail, Town of Halfmoon, New York

by American Trails Staff

The Town of Halfmoon manages a six-mile segment, bordered by farm fields, wetlands and wood lots, of the 58-mile Canalway Trail corridor, which runs along historic towpaths from Waterford to Whitehall.

  tags: historic, shared use, canal, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie to Highland, New York

by American Trails Staff

Walkway Over the Hudson opening celebration spanned the weekend of October 2-4, 2009. The noted historic structure also adds to the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the valley.

  tags: bridges, historic, greenway, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

The American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The American Tobacco Trail is a 22.6-mile long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s.

  tags: greenway, historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The trail features a variety of historic sites, abundant wildlife, and opportunities for biking, fishing, and canoeing.

  tags: birding, habitat, historic, wildlife, canal, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Located in Highlands, North Carolina, the 5-mile network of walking trails connects natural areas and historic sites. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide in a temperate rain forest, the area boasts the highest floral and faunal diversity in North America.

  tags: greenway, nature trail, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is the site for this wetlands trail near Columbia, North Carolina.

  tags: birding, environment, habitat, interpretation, wildlife

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fort Mandan Nature & History Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

An interpretive and wildlife site along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

  tags: nature trail, greenway, snow

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

The trail passes through some of the most pristine remote areas of the USDA's National Grasslands.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Munch's Coulee Trail, Kenmare, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

Located along the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge State Scenic Byway, this 1-mile loop trail provides spectacular vistas of the Refuge's wildflowers, Lower Des Lacs Lake, and nearby wetlands.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Washburn Discovery Trail, Washburn, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

This 2.2-mile multi-use trail along the route of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail provides scenic vistas of the Missouri River.

  tags: historic, shared use, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Village of Bluffton Pathway, Ohio

by American Trails Staff

Woods and parks line this neighborhood trail.

  tags: shared use, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ohio & Erie Canalway - Congressman Ralph Regula Trail, Ohio

by American Trails Staff

The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a national heritage area – a park that includes the Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, and Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway.

  tags: historic, shared use, canal, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Horton's Slough Trail, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

Wetlands and waterfowl are featured on this trail at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, interpretation, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Sandtown Nature Trail, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

This one-mile long loop trail meanders along the river and includes benches, observation decks, and an informational kiosk. Visitors can observe the resident and migratory wildlife and breathtaking Oklahoma landscape at the Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, nature trail, wildlife

posted Mar 27, 2018

Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The 1,000th National Recreation Trail dedicated to refuge manager killed on United Flight 93.

  tags: birding, conservation, habitat, memorial, preservation, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

North Umpqua National Recreation Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

Multi-use trail follows the Umpqua River for 79 miles into the Cascade Mountains.

  tags: shared use, backcountry, mountain biking, blm

posted Mar 27, 2018

Old Growth Ridge Trail, BLM Eugene District, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Bureau of Land Management's Whittaker Creek campground provides the trailhead for this scenic climb through huge Douglas fir trees, as well as western hemlock, red cedar, red alder, and big leaf maple

  tags: birding, blm, environment, nature trail, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Row River National Recreation Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Row River Trail runs 15.6 miles along an abandoned rail line from Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest.

  tags: historic, marketing, shared use, horses and equestrian trails, fitness, mountain biking, nature trail, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ghost Town National Recreation Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

A glimpse of the early 1900s as the rail trail passes through several abandoned coal mining towns.

  tags: historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

Traversing York County to the Maryland border, this 19-mile multi-use trail provides an integral link in a statewide trails system and epitomizes the concept of a close-to-home trail experience, but has regional, State, and national significance as well.

  tags: shared use, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mason-Dixon Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

This 30-mile section of the 193-mile Mason-Dixon Trail is a hiking trail that follows the lower Susquehanna River in York County, PA. There are beautiful views, deep ravines with waterfalls, and several big climbs and descents to where streams have carved out canyons in the river hills.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Juniata River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Juniata River Water Trail is a component of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of natural wonders, history, culture, and recreation following the path of the historic Main Line Canal.

  tags: birding, environment, interpretation, restoration, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

This urban rail-trail parallels the riverbanks in the Pittsburgh area for about 21 miles, often on both sides of the rivers, and offering a spectacular view of the city.

  tags: greenway, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of public non-motorized access points within the 90 riverfront municipalities of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh area.

  tags: environment, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Youghiogheny River Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The trail follows the Youghiogheny River banks in the Ohiopyle State Park. The trail features scenic views of the river, cascading feeder streams, maturing deciduous forests.

  tags: shared use, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Congaree River Blue Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Starting near Columbia, this 50-mile water trail and greenway ranges from urban adventures to the Coastal Plain with its high bluffs and floodplain habitats.

  tags: greenway, habitat, historic, interpretation, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Francis Beidler Forest Four Holes Swamp Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The South Carolina Lowcountry's "real swamp" experience!

  tags: birding, habitat, nature trail, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mullet Hall Equestrian Trail System, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Trails on the former Mullet Hall Plantation are managed specifically for horse trail riding.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

North Augusta Greeneway, North Augusta, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Named after former Mayor Thomas W. Greene, this rail trail links neighborhoods and parks.

  tags: greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail, Austin, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail is one of the most well-used trails in America. Formerly called Town Lake Trail.

  tags: shared use, nature trail, urban, wildlife, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Cameron Park Trails, Waco, Texas

by American Trails Staff

This 20-mile system of trails s features handcrafted bridges, views of the Brazos and Bosque Rivers from 100-foot cliffs, and cedar groves.

  tags: historic, mountain biking, shared use, parks, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lacy Point Nature Trail, Waco Lake, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 19-mile interpretive trail on the west shore of Waco Lake, through Bottomland hardwoods, scrub, and grassland in central Texas.

  tags: nature trail, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lions Park National Recreation Trail, Temple, Texas

by American Trails Staff

Given its artistic features, hilltop vistas, and recreational facilities, it is easy to see why this 2-mile walking trail is so popular with Temple residents of all ages.

  tags: nature trail, greenway, parks

posted Mar 27, 2018

San Gabriel River Trails, Georgetown, Texas

by American Trails Staff

Scenic trails that connect with the Corps of Engineers trail at Lake Georgetown.

  tags: shared use, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fisher Towers National Recreation Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this 2.2-mile backcountry trail provides access to one of the most unique geological hikes in North America.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry, blm

posted Mar 27, 2018

Gooseberry Mesa Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Challenging mountain bike trail in the slickrock country of southern Utah.

  tags: mountain biking, partnerships, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

A scenic trail that runs 28 miles through Utah's mountain valleys east of Salt Lake City.

  tags: historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

Cross Vermont Trail, Vermont

by American Trails Staff

A 75-mile trail and greenway that will span the entire state from Burlington to Newbury, linking 17 communities, 10 village centers, 10 state parks, numerous schools and trail systems.

  tags: greenway, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Massanutten Mountain Trail, Virginia

by American Trails Staff

The trail is steeped in history, and offers a rich diversity of eastern wildflowers and animals in the area of Virginia between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Great North Mountain to the west.

  tags: habitat, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Rivanna Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia

by American Trails Staff

This 8-mile urban trail and greenway is part of the planned 50-mile pedestrian and bicycle facility that will parallel the oldest inland transportation route in North America and connects Williamsburg to Richmond in a unique way.

  tags: urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

McTrail National Recreation Trail, Marion County, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

McTrail is managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and is highlighted by a 1,200 ft lighted tunnel. It runs 2.2 miles from Fairmont, WV to Prickett’s Fort State Park.

  tags: birding, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mon River-Caperton-Deckers Creek Trails, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

This 46-mile rail-trail system links urban and rural communities in three counties and acts as a low-impact recreation corridor, alternative transportation route, community green space, outdoor classroom, and natural and cultural heritage park.

  tags: historic, shared use, greenway, snow

posted Mar 27, 2018

Highway 237 Bikeway Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenway, shared use, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Coyote Creek Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenway, shared use, urban

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Trail System, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp, and a beach. It is located at the eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 14-mile long barrier island situated off the Alabama Gulf Coast.

  tags: birding, wildlife, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

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posted Mar 26, 2018

Alabama Scenic River Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

At approximately 631 miles in length (the suitability of various river channels will vary the exact route for different types of watercraft), the trail is considered to be the longest in a single state in the U.S.

  tags: habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Big Dry Creek Trail, Westminster, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This National Recreation Trail is a major link in the Denver Metro system of trails and greenways.

  tags: art on trails, transportation, urban, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bartram National Recreation Trail, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located at J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Project on the Gaorgia-South Carolina border, the 27-mile long Bartram Trail is designed for mountain biking with easier sections as well as fast single track challenges.

  tags: mountain biking, wildlife, fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Aucilla River National Recreation Trail, north Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Aucilla River has a rich history, remarkable geology, and abundant wildlife. Anglers, paddlers, and boaters enjoy exploring this waterway as it courses between banks lined with limestone formations and disappears underground within the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

  tags: habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Stretching through the panhandle of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, this water trail system offers over 100 miles of scenic paddling trails.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Centennial Trail, Indian River County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Located at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, this 0.75-mile accessible trail tells the story of the first national wildlife refuge and celebrates the entire Refuge System, offering visitors the chance to learn about each national wildlife refuge in the country while enjoying scenic overlooks and abundant wildlife.

  tags: birding, habitat, interpretation, preservation, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Blackwater Heritage State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The westernmost rail trail in Florida, it extends from the historic town of Milton north to US Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail passes through pine woods, a cypress/bay swamp, and an area of white-topped pitcher plants. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels a segment of the paved trail.

  tags: birding, habitat, historic, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Econfina River Water Trail, Taylor County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Econfina River offers paddlers a 16-mile journey an intimately-canopied dark water river in the remote Big Bend region of North Florida. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Great Calusa Blueway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail meanders 190 miles along the back bays and wildlife-laden shores of Lee County on Florida’s Gulf coast near Sanibel and Fort Myers. The route provides non-motorized access to Federal, State, and Local preserves and historic sites in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

  tags: birding, habitat, historic, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

One of the busiest trails in the nation, this 47-mile multi-use rail-trail is seen as a green jewel in the midst of the state's most highly urbanized county.

  tags: shared use, water trails, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Cross Florida Greenway retains many of the historical remnants of the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. A growing number of recreational and interpretive opportunities are available along the greenway.

  tags: greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Nature Coast State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The 31.7-mile long trail runs through the Suwannee River Valley, and is managed by the Florida DEP’s Office of Greenways & Trails. Built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, the trail connects the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.

  tags: tourism

posted Mar 26, 2018

North Bay National Recreation Trail, St. Petersburg, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The North Bay Trail is a multi-use recreational path that runs along the spectacular waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida.

  tags: wildlife, fitness, greenway, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Sixteen miles of the rail trail are managed by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways & Trails. It runs due south from the main Tallahassee trailhead near Capital Circle (US 319) southeast, to the coastal town of St. Marks.

  tags: greenway, historic

posted Mar 26, 2018

Wacissa River Paddling Trail, Jefferson County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Wacissa River is one of the most pristine rivers in Florida with a multitude of springs flowing through a rugged area in Florida's Big Bend region. The Wacissa is a state designated paddling trail and a wonderful place to explore for beginning paddlers or families with children.

  tags: birding, habitat, historic, wildlife

posted Mar 26, 2018

Withlacoochee State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Withlacoochee State Trail (WST), managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways & Trails, is the longest rail-trail in Florida, extending 46 miles from just south of Dunnellon in Citrus Springs to its southern terminus in the City of Trilby.

  tags: shared use, horses and equestrian trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail, Gwinnett County, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located in Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, this multi-purpose 2.2-mile trail circles a beautiful lake and provides multiple access points to the lake including two fishing pier.

  tags: historic, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cress Creek Nature Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Cress Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretative trail that highlights the unique natural characteristics of eastern Idaho.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

  tags: blm, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Weiser River National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

The 85-mile rail trail between Weiser and New Meadows passes through desert canyons, evergreen forests, alpine meadows, and small towns. Highlights of the trail are the historic trestles and abundant wildlife.

  tags: backcountry, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Carlyle Lake National Recreation Trail, Kaskaskia River, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The 10.3-mile multi-use trail system extends through diverse and scenic wildlife habitat and connects the City of Carlyle to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project.

  tags: shared use, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

General Dacey National Recreation Trail, Shelbyville, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the six-mile multi-purpose trail that connects Lake Shelbyville and Forrest Park with the City of Shelbyville, IL.

  tags: environment, greenway, shared use, fitness, nature trail, snow

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail which provides access to the shoreline at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: habitat, historic, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Rend Lake National Recreation Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

In addition to providing hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities, this meandering trail extends over 19 miles of Southern Illinois lakeside terrain.

  tags: habitat, fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Tunnel Hill State Rail Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

A 543-foot long tunnel gave the nearby town its name, and now the National Recreation trail.


posted Mar 26, 2018

B-Line Trail, Bloomington, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

The B-Line Trail, created from a former railway corridor, extends a total of 3.1 miles from the east side of Adams Street through downtown Bloomington and the former railroad switch yard to the north side of Country Club Drive.

  tags: art on trails, shared use, urban, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cardinal Greenway National Recreation Trail, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

This 30-mile long rail trail is the state's longest linear park.

  tags: greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Rivergreenway, Fort Wayne and New Haven, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

This 23-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, IN is located along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers.

  tags: shared use, greenway, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

Delphi Historic National Recreation Trail, Indiana

Trails have been integrated into this historic community using canal towpaths, stream corridors, and abandoned railroads.

  tags: historic, tourism, volunteers, canal, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (North Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Great Western National Recreation Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

A key connection between urban Des Moines and the surrounding rural landscape, this 16.5-mile scenic rail-trail offers trail users the opportunity to journey through Iowa history.

  tags: historic, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bailey's Woods National Recreation Trail, Oxford, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

Bailey's Woods Trail connects the University Museum at the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's residence in Oxford, MS.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Smith's Island Nature Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Trail partnerships and community support have made this a successful and popular trail.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Sugar Bottom Mountain Biking Trail System, Coralville Reservoir, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Set in rugged terrain surrounding the Coralville Reservoir on the Iowa River, the trail is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  tags: drainage, maintenance, mountain biking, signage

posted Mar 26, 2018

Summerset National Recreation Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

A 12-mile rail trail through rolling hills, river bottom wetlands, and remnant prairies of central Iowa.

  tags: birding, shared use, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail, Kansas

by American Trails Staff

Johnson County, Kansas, manages the 17.5-mile trail which begins in Olathe and continues north through Lenexa and Shawnee. The scenic, multi-use route was one of the first major trail facilities completed in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

  tags: historic, interpretation, shared use, greenway, nature trail, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

Pioneer Nature Trail, Kansas

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages this hiking trail in the Flint Hills of Kansas at at Council Grove Lake.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Timber Point Trail, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

by American Trails Staff

The trail is located on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and is a scenic 1.4 mile loop located in Biddeford Pool that takes visitors through forests and meadows to the Atlantic Ocean.

  tags: birding, nature trail, preservation, wildlife

posted Mar 26, 2018

Wolf River Greenway Trail, Memphis, Tennessee

by American Trails Staff

The Wolf River Greenway Trail is a 1.67 mile long paved, shaded trail that parallels the Wolf River. It provides pedestrians and bikers with views of the river and several ponds, wildlife habitat, and lush timberlands.

  tags: greenway, shared use

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cross Island National Recreation Trail, Maryland

by American Trails Staff

The trail links communities and scenic natural areas on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

  tags: shared use, backcountry, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Housatonic River Walk, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

by American Trails Staff

River Walk was created by community volunteers, and maintained to allow public access to the Housatonic River and to reclaim its banks for the benefit of wildlife and people.

  tags: birding, environment, greenway, interpretation, wildlife, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

North Central State Trail, Gaylord to Mackinaw City, Michigan

by American Trails Staff

The 62-mile rail trail in the northern Lower Peninsula is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It is open to bicycling, walking, and horseback riding, as well as snowmobiles in the winter months.

  tags: shared use, snowmobile

posted Mar 26, 2018

Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County, Michigan

by American Trails Staff

A popular community trail through natural areas in southeast Michigan. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2006.

  tags: historic, wildlife, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Froland National Recreation Trail, Froland Waterfowl Production Area, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail winds around several wetlands through scenic restored prairie and oak savanna in west-central Minnesota. An accessible trail leads to an observation platform overlooking a large wetland.

  tags: birding, conservation, habitat, interpretation, preservation, snow, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Paddle your way through the mature floodplain forest and rich backwaters of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lake Wobegon Trail, Stearns County, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

The Lake Wobegon Trail travels through the heart of the mythical land celebrated in the Prairie Home Companion radio show.

  tags: shared use

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mahnomen National Recreation Trail, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge hosts this trail through midwestern habitats.

  tags: habitat, wildlife

posted Mar 26, 2018

Verchota Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

This 11-mile marked paddling trail near Winona, MN, traverses broad pools, islands, braided channels, and extensive bottomland forest.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Magnolia Trail, Natchez, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Natchez hosts this trail.

  tags: birding, habitat, interpretation, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Spyglass Hill Trail, Enid Lake, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake manages the 17 mile multi-purpose trail. The trail provides visitors with recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, equestrian riding and a chance to visit historical areas of Enid Lake.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, historic, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Black River National Recreation Trail, Missouri

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 3.25-mile gentle paved and gravel trail that winds through the bottomland hardwoods and pines along the Black River below Clearwater Dam near Piedmont, MO.

  tags: birding, shared use, water trails, fitness, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Prairie Creek Greenway, Platte City, Missouri

by American Trails Staff

Prairie Creek Greenway, a 3.8 mile, 10' wide asphalt trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, meanders through Platte County’s 120-acre greenway south of Platte City.

  tags: greenway, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

South Creek Greenway National Recreation Trail, Springfield, Missouri

by American Trails Staff

The eight-mile paved linear park runs through the middle of Springfield, Missouri. It's used for biking, walking, running, enjoying nature close to home, and commuting without a car to work or school.

  tags: greenway, urban, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Drinking Horse Mountain National Recreation Trail, Montana

by American Trails Staff

Climbing 700 feet from Bridger Creek through to the summit of Drinking Horse Mountain, the figure-eight loop trail offers scenic vistas in the Bozeman area and surrounding mountain ranges.

  tags: birding, bridges, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Danny On National Recreation Trail, Whitefish, Montana

by American Trails Staff

A trail with spectacular views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park that is accessible by a chairlift.

  tags: parks, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Viewing Trail, Stevensville, Montana

by American Trails Staff

150,000 visitors per year use the Wildlilfe Viewing Trail and the adjacent Auto Tour Route on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Funk Peterson Wildlife Trail, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

Located in the Funk Waterfowl Production Area, this 3-mile backcountry loop trail is a bird watcher’s paradise, providing habitat for millions of bird.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Oak Creek National Recreation Trail, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

This rail-trail along Oak Creek links communities on the Nebraska plains and provides a picturesque setting for activities including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

  tags: shared use

posted Mar 26, 2018

Niobrara Scenic River, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

This 5.6 mile section of the Niobrara River offers visitors a unique scenic recreational floating experience. The river cuts a deep canyon in the limestone rocks that underlie Nebraska’s famed Sand Hills.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lower Cache River Trail, Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

This three-mile paddling and hiking trail is the result of a partnership between Illinois DNR, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy to preserve, restore, and manage a 60,000-acre complex of wetlands.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, restoration, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Trails System, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Located south of Dubuque along the Mississippi River, the 20-mile trail system provides opportunities for recreation as well as environmental education.

  tags: birding, environment, interpretation, nature trail, wildlife, backcountry, snow

posted Mar 26, 2018

Sligo Creek Parkway Trail, Maryland

by American Trails Staff

This popular urban trail and bikeway near Washington, DC connects Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

  tags: shared use, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

Grand Forks National Recreation Trail, North Dakota and Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

The Greater Grand Forks Greenway Trail connects the two cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota

  tags: shared use, partnerships, fitness, greenway, urban

posted Mar 26, 2018

River Mountains Loop Trail, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

The paved multiple use, multi-jurisdictional trail runs 35 miles around the River Mountains connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Henderson, and the Las Vegas Valley.

  tags: funding, interpretation, partnerships, wildlife, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Grimes Point Trail, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Trail through Grimes Point Archaeological Site provides access to petroglyphs near ancient lake.

  tags: historic, interpretation, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mud Pond Trail, Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

by American Trails Staff

The trail is located on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and is universally accessible. It includes a 900 foot long raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of a boreal forest and wetland communities.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Barclay Farm National Recreation Trail, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

Barclay Farm Trails are an interconnected system of trails totaling three-quarters of a mile located on a National Register of Historic Places designated eighteenth century farmstead that is now Cherry Hill Township Open Space land.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Croft Farm National Recreation Trail, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

Croft Farm Trails are an interconnected system of trails totaling 1.45 miles located on a National Register of Historic Places designated eighteenth century farmstead that is now Cherry Hill Township Open Space land.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Hackensack River Greenway, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

The Greenway is a 3.5 mile pedestrian walkway and nature trail along the Hackensack River.

  tags: nature trail, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 250-mile water trail along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers in Wisconsin, extending from the City of Green Bay to Portage and ending in Prairie du Chien at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: birding, habitat, historic, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Jacobus Park Nature Trail, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A hiking and biking loop trail takes visitors through a woodland island in Metropolitan Milwaukee.

  tags: nature trail, parks

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kohl Park Hiking Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

Milwaukee County's Kohl Park is a partnership with local scout troops and other volunteers.

  tags: shared use, urban, volunteers, fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 35-mile canoe and kayak route through urban reaches of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8 mile Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail located between Nelson, WI and Wabasha, MN is a treasure of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, habitat, preservation, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Seven Bridges Trail, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

This 2-mile nature trail is a focal point of Grant Park, one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Hennepin Canal Parkway, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The Hennepin Canal National Recreation Trail provides many miles of trail recreation for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and paddling along a historic canal corridor.

  tags: habitat, historic, partnerships, canal, water trails, parks

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (South Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, habitat, wildlife, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Longleaf Trace Trail, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

Extending from Hattiesburg to Prentiss, this 41-mile rail-trail offers a variety of natural features, opportunities for biking, hiking, and horseback riding, and provides economic benefits for local communities.

  tags: shared use

posted Mar 13, 2018

Rochester's Natural Connection: the Genesee Riverway Trail

A 3,572-foot-long bridge links city residents to nature along the Genesee Riverway Trail in Rochester, NY.

  tags: greenway

posted Feb 19, 2018

The Trail to 2017

by Allen MacPherson

Completing Canada's Trans Canada Trail.

  tags: urban, transportation

posted Feb 19, 2018

Bringing the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area Together: 400 Miles of Trails Built, 600 Miles to Go

25 years in planning and building a four-county and bi-state trails system.

  tags: urban, transportation

posted Feb 19, 2018

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

The history of the Columbia River Highway is a tale of visionaries, civic leaders, skilled engineers, and talented artisans.

  tags: urban, transportation, historic

posted Feb 19, 2018

Thinking Beyond Borders

This presentation chronicles the growth of the International Appalachian Trail.

  tags: urban, transportation

posted Feb 19, 2018

Blue Ways

Alabama Scenic River Trail, the longest river trail in a single state.

  tags: urban, transportation, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Trails Across the Divide

by Ginny Sullivan with Adventure Cycling Association

This session focuses on the innovative Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

  tags: urban, transportation

posted Dec 19, 2017

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

A new smooth, natural pathway with benches, accessible trailside restrooms, and viewing platform provides a more accessible wildlife experience.


posted Jun 6, 2018

McPhee Overlook Trail - Colorado

This project required an easement across private property to access the San Juan National Forest. Labor was provided by the Southwest Conservation Corps, Southwest Colorado Cycling Association, and Mesa Verde Backcountry Horsemen, with additional funding from the National Forest Foundation.


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