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The NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS (NRT) program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. We invite you to explore America’s great national system of trails and greenways. You’ll find trails that bring our communities closer together. You’ll discover nature and wildlife. You’ll enjoy fitness and family fun. Celebrate America's history and future on a National Recreation Trail! Learn more about the NRT Program:


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Featured Trail - Tradewinds Trail, Puerto Rico

Featured State - Indiana

Latest News and Features

NRTs designated for 2015

On June 4, 2015, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis designated 10 local and state trails as National Recreation Trails


An overview of the National Water Trails System

From coast to coast, and on many coasts in between, people are out exploring our nation’s waterways. A new national network of exemplary water trails is expected to increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America.   Read more...

See what’s required for National Recreation Trail designation

National Recreation Trail applications for trails on local, state, BLM, and National Park lands are processed on an annual cycle through the Department of the Interior. Applications for designation of trails on National Forests and Grasslands have a separate process.   Learn how to nominate a trail for NRT designation...

Learn how to update your trail record in the database

The National Recreation Trails Database may be updated by the trail manager of each trail.  Read more...

Winners in the NRT Photo Contest

View the winners in this year's contest for photographs of National Recreation Trails sponsored by American Trails  See the winning photos and all 160 entries in the 2014 Contest...

Learn about 15 years of new National Recreation Trails in our Annual NRT Designations index

Since 2001, National Recreation Trails have been designated each year. See the entries below for each year's designations and a link to details of the trails.   Read more...

Use the NRT logo to blaze your trail on land or paper

One of the most effective ways of highlighting your trail's status as a National Recreation Trail is to install colorful NRT logo signs right on the trail. The signs are available for a reasonable price in two convenient sizes.  Learn more...

See 65 trails on National Wildlife Refuge System lands

The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service is a supporter of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program. A wide variety of trails on National Wildlife Refuges are designated National Recreation Trails.  Read more...

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