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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.

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2004 National Recreation Trail designations

Secretary of Interior announces designation of 27 new National Recreation Trails

The nomination process follows an annual timetable which results in official designation by the Secretary of the Interior each June. All trails designated as National Recreation Trails become part of the Online NRT Registry.

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Angel of Goliad National REcreatiopn Trail

The following trails and greenways were designated in 2004 as National Recreation Trails:

trail noteWhat makes a trail a National Recreation Trail? Learn more about the NRT program and the effort to preserve and celebrate America's greatest trails.


For more great photos of NRTs, see the photos and dozens of entries in the NRT Photo Contest, sponsored by American Trails.

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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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