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The National Recreation Trails Database

NRT Application


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See a preview of the online NRT application process to inform trail managers of the information and documents required. You may use this as a checklist to gather data for the online application. Basic information is entered on the database website, and supporting materials (maps, photos, etc.) can be uploaded but must be in standard electronic formats.

This application process is for trails on state, local, or private land, OR on federal land (outside the US Department of Agriculture). If your trail is on National Forest, National Grassland, or other land managed by the Department of Agriculture, see the USDA Application Process for NRTs.





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The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails:


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