Today the National Park Service announced the designation of 28 trails as national recreation trails, one day in advance of National Trails Day on June 1. Every year since 2001, new trails have been chosen to be part of America’s national system of trails.
The newly named trails add nearly 650 miles to the national system that encompasses more than 15,000 miles of 1,200 trails spread throughout the Unites States.
“From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the great outdoors,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “These 28 new national recreation trails, established through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, connect federal, state and local lands and waters to provide access to inexpensive, enjoyable outdoor activities for all Americans.”
The National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the national recreation trail program with other federal partners and nonprofits like American Trails.
Trails dedications will take place on National Trails Day June 1 that will be celebrated with organized hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals and paddle trips. The American Hiking Society has a list of activities.
The newly designated trails are:
Harvest Square Recreational Preserve Trail System
Phenix City Riverwalk
The Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Trail System
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Trail System
Junction and Breakwater Trail
Northern Delaware Greenway Trail Brandywine Creek
Northern Delaware Greenway Trail Wilmington
Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail
Chipola River Greenway Butler Trail
Chipola River Greenway Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area
Sugar Bottom Mountain Biking Trail System
General Dacey Trail
Hellcat Interpretive Trail
North Eastern State Trail (NEST)
Pomme de Terre Multipurpose Trail
Running River Trail
Mud Pond Trail
Sierra Vista Trail
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail
Three Rivers Greenway
Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail
High Bridge Trail State Park
Tobacco Heritage Trail
Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail