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published May 21, 2020

An Open Letter Encouraging Designating New National Recreation Trails

With no new National Recreation Trails (NRTs) designated in 2019, and the deadline for 2020 National Trails Day fast approaching, we are encouraging Secretary Bernhardt to uphold this tradition of honoring and celebrating our nation's trails and designating new NRTs. Please read and share our open letter.


posted Feb 14, 2020

2019 NRT Photo Contest Winners Announced

by American Trails Staff

The results are in! Here are our picks from the 275 photos submitted for the 2019 photo contest.


published Dec 13, 2019

FAQ: How to designate your trail as a National Recreational Trail.

The NRT program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. Here's an overview of how to apply for NRT designation.


posted Dec 9, 2019

National Recreation Trail (NRT) Signs are Making a Splash

Over the last few months we have distributed hundreds of NRT signs to trails all over America.


posted Nov 27, 2019

Five National Recreation Trails to Visit this Thanksgiving

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Check out these five National Recreation Trails that are perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving!


posted Nov 21, 2019

Submit your National Recreation Trail (NRT) Photos by December 15th

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Submit your photos for the NRT photo contest that highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails.


posted Oct 16, 2019

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 Sep 4, 2019

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

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Find out more about the National Recreation Trail program and the steps needed to apply.


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.


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posted Feb 26, 2020

NRT Ambassador Program

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to visit as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible to gather data and identify issues on these great trails.


posted Jun 19, 2018

NRT Program - Benefits


posted Mar 27, 2018

NRT Photo Contest

Submit your photos that highlight the diversity of the NRTs and to make more Americans familiar with these great trails.


posted Mar 27, 2018

NRT Program - How to Apply

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


posted Mar 27, 2018

NRT Program - Featured Trails

The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


posted Mar 27, 2018

NRT Program - ApplicationProcess - DOI

For trails on private, city, county, or state land, or on Federal land NOT overseen by the Department of Agriculture



posted Mar 27, 2018

NRT Program - About

The NRT program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways.


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Sheltowee Trace Association

Livingston, Kentucky

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit association with the purpose of achieving the formation of a highly functional cross-state recreation trail. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and promote the Sheltowee Trace National Recre...


PO Box 360, Livingston, Kentucky 40445
(606) 386-3636 • [email protected]