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posted Dec 31, 2018

Trails for America

by National Park Service

A 1966 study headed by Stuart Udall on the feasibility of a National Trails System

categories: historic
tags: historic

posted Aug 2, 2018

FAQ: The difference between a National Historic, Scenic and Recreation Trail

by American Trails Staff

The difference is usually ones of scale, significance, and administration responsibility and how they are designated.

categories: historic
tags: faq, historic, long-distance trails, thru-hiking

posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

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

categories: historic
tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, canal

posted May 16, 2018

The Forest Service and Horses: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by American Trails Staff

A historical presentation by the USFS at the Southeast Equestrian Trail Conference in 2008.

categories: historic
tags: historic, horses and equestrian trails

posted Apr 20, 2018

Volunteers promote trails and equine rides for public in NJ

Lusscroft Farm has a network of trails that connects the site with additional trails in High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. The major purpose of this event has been to reintroduce the concept of equine trail rides to this area of New Jersey.

categories: historic
tags: horses and equestrian trails, volunteers, historic

published Jun 1, 2002

Heritage Rail Trail County Park User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis

This analysis compares the original Users Survey taken in the spring of 1999 with a follow-up study conducted in 2001. The comparison measures any changes in usage behavior.

categories: historic
tags: historic, parks, user surveys

posted Oct 14, 2019

Texas Trail Looks to Connect Austin to San Antonio

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association is working to create a multi-use trail that will connect two of the lone star state's largest cities, Austin and San Antonio.

categories: historic
tags: historic

posted Oct 8, 2019

Ramble On: A History of Hiking

by Jim Schmid

An American Trails book review by Jim Schmid.

categories: historic
tags: historic, walking, hiking

posted Feb 19, 2019

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

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

February is Black History Month, and a perfect time to shine a light on some well known, and some lesser known, ways in which African Americans have helped shape our nation's trail and park history.

categories: historic
tags: historic

posted Oct 18, 2018

50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

by Leigh Schmidt with Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)

The historical events that led us to a robust nationwide movement for trails of all kinds

categories: historic
tags: historic, long-distance trails

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posted Mar 27, 2018

National Trails System - Overview

Congress passed the National Trails System Act in 1968, establishing a nationwide system of scenic, historic, and recreation trails.

tags: national trails system (nts), national trails system act, historic, national historic trails (nht)

posted Mar 27, 2018

National Historic Trails

National Historic Trails follow as closely as possible and practicable the original trails or routes of travel of national historical significance. They celebrate many aspects of our past.

tags: national historic trails (nht), national trails system (nts), national trails system act, historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

National Trails System - History

The National Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the Act in 1968.

tags: national trails system act, national trails system (nts), national historic trails (nht), historic

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