Secretary Haaland Designates Four New National Recreation Trails 

Four new National Recreation Trails in four states add 33.5 miles to the National Recreation Trails System.

by American Trails Staff

 

In celebration of Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day on June 1, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has announced the designation of four new national recreation trails in four states, adding 33.5 miles to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails, which can be found in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.    

“Increased access to green spaces nurtures our mind and bodies and helps to build stronger communities. Every American deserves to have a safe and nearby place to experience nature," said Secretary Deb Haaland. “The National Trails System improves access to the outdoors while providing significant impacts to local economies. The additions we are making today are part of our commitment to ensure that we leave a better, healthier planet for generations to come.”  

 “These four new national trails will build connections in communities, ensuring bikers, hikers and all who love our public lands have increased access to outdoor recreation opportunities close to home,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “This National Trails Day and Great Outdoors Month, I encourage everyone to visit these trails and enjoy the view.”  

Today’s trail designations are consistent with the principles of the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautifulinitiative, a locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to conserve, connect, and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend.   

The National Recreation Trails Program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with a number of Federal and not-for-profit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website.

Secretary Haaland has designated the following as National Recreation Trails for 2024. Each will retain their existing ownership and receive a certificate of designation, a set of trail markers, and a letter of recognition.      

photo credit: Mike Bullington
Enjoying the views from the 733-foot long, 80-foot high Buxton Trestle; photo by Mike Bullington

Enjoying the views from the 733-foot long, 80-foot high Buxton Trestle; photo by Mike Bullington

Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a 21-mile paved rail-to-trail route connecting the towns of Banks and Vernonia through the foothills of Oregon’s lush coastal mountain range. The gentle grade allows hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, and people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the scenic mountains, fields, and forests of Washington and Columbia Counties.  

Comal River Water Trail, Texas  

Flowing through the heart of New Braunfels, the Comal River Water Trail is 1.5 miles long and recognized as one of the best tubing rivers in Texas. The cool and clear spring-fed waters hail from the Edwards Aquifer and provide important habitat for rare aquatic flora and fauna. Using the wide range of recreational opportunities, you can find locals and visitors at the river trail year-round. From tubing to kayaking, to fishing and scuba diving, the Comal River Water Trail is a special place and leaves a lasting impression on visitors.  

The Hell's Revenge 4x4 Trail is a popular route, but extremely difficult due to hazardous terrain. It is recommended for only very experienced drivers with advanced equipment. 

The Hell's Revenge 4x4 Trail is a popular route, but extremely difficult due to hazardous terrain. It is recommended for only very experienced drivers with advanced equipment. 

Hell’s Revenge Trail, Utah  

The most popular off-highway vehicle trail near Moab is the 9.7-mile Hell’s Revenge Trail, located just outside of town and within the BLM Sand Flats Recreation area. The trail consists of long stretches of slickrock with outstanding views, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Colorado Rover Gorge, several Wilderness Study Areas surrounding Moab, and the exceptional landscape of the Sand Flats Recreation Area.  

Sweet Spring Turnpike Trail, West Virginia  

At just over one mile, the Sweet Springs Turnpike Trail is a multi-use gentle grade scenic trail that transitions from open pastures to dense forest. It boasts magnificent views of Sweet Springs Valley and the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Farm, and beautiful seasonal foliage with a wide variety of tree species, raptors, and wildlife. The trail runs along a remarkably intact section of the historic 19th-century stage road known as The Price's Mountain-Sweet Springs Turnpike and is associated with the nearby Old Sweet Springs Historic District.

 

 


About the National Recreation Trails Program

National Recreation Trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Each of the new National Recreation Trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from the Secretary of Interior or Secretary of Agriculture, and a set of trail markers.
 

The National Recreation Trails program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website and National Recreation Trail Database.

More National Recreation Trails

Explore over 1,300 trails that make up the NRT system.

Is your trail a good candidate for National Recreation Trail designation? This page will tell you the requirements and how to nominate your trail.

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