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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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2002 National Recreation Trail designations

 

Twenty-six trails have been designated this year as new National Recreation Trails

On May 31, 2002, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and National Park Service Director Fran Mainella designated 26 new National Recreation Trails in 16 states in a National Trails Day preview.

The following trails were designated as National Recreation Trails; click on the state or trail name for more information:

 

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Running event on the Air Line State Park Trail (photo by Stan Malcolm)

California:

Colorado:

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Georgia:

Illinois:

Indiana:

Maryland:

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North Dakota:

Oregon:

Pennsylvania:

South Carolina:

South Dakota:

Virginia:

Washington:

National Recreation Trails are components of the National Trails System and recognize already existing trails that connect people to resources and improve their quality of life. The program is jointly administered by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails. Each of the trails inducted into the system will receive a certificate of designation and trail markers. They join a network that contains more than 11,000 miles of trails. More information is available at the National Recreation Trails website, hosted by American Trails. Following are the 40 additions to the National Trails System named by Secretary Kempthorne:

Each year nominations for designation of new National Recreation Trails may be submitted. The National Park Service and USDA Forest Service jointly administer the NRT program with help from other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website (www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails). The National Recreation Trail Program recognizes trails that provide opportunities for all Americans to enjoy the out-of-doors and improve the quality of life of our communities.

The nomination process follows an annual timetable which results in official designation by the Secretary of the Interior each June. See the 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture NRT Designations page for additional trails on National Forests and Grasslands.

The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the USDA Forest Service administer the program in conjunction with a other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website. RTCA is a community resource of the National Park Service which provide technical assistance to community groups and local, State, and federal government agencies to help conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways.

 

trail noteEach year nominations for designation of new National Recreation Trails may be submitted. Details of the program may be found on the NRT website hosted by American Trails: (www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails). The National Recreation Trail Program recognizes trails that provide opportunities for all Americans to enjoy the out-of-doors and improve the quality of life of our communities.

 

 

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