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Trails Day 2016 and the annual designation of new National Recreation Trails brought about a buzz of articles in the news media nationwide. The following is a list of some of the more noteworthy entries we saw:
John Bartram and his son, William, were naturalists and authors who explored the St. Johns River in the 1700s. Their legacy inspired the creation of a combined 250 miles of hiking, cycling, and paddling trails with related driving tours. A wealth of online resources facilitates planning for adventures within this slice of rural Florida. Read the article.
The Interior Department says the Kankakee River Water Trail traverses what was once one of the largest wetlands in the U.S. It says it boasts ample public access sites, thousands of acres of natural areas and preserves, remarkable wildlife, overnight camping for paddlers, many historic sites, and a high-quality sports fishery. Read the article.
Shetucket River Water Trail (CT)
The National Park Service announced Friday that Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area trails are to be designated as part of the National Trails System. Read the article.
Troy Daily News
The Great Miami Watershed Water Trail has been named a National Water Trail System by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The water trail includes the Great Miami, Stillwater and Mad rivers and is the only national water trail in Ohio. Read the article
Ventura County Star
Maybe a movie about a Backbone Trail hiker trying to walk off a life crisis would bring it some overdue recognition, but a little more tourism promotion and a few more campgrounds and other lodging opportunities also would help make it more of a destination spot. Read the article.
High Plains Journal
The Arkansas River National Water Trail is 192 miles long, begins in Great Bend, Kansas, and ends at the Kansas-Oklahoma border southeast of Arkansas City. It runs through widely varied prairie and woodland habitats and passes a number of cities along its course. Read the article.
South Bend Tribune
The Kankakee River gained status over the weekend as a National Water Trail. The National Park Service and the Department of Interior conferred the status on the historic ditch that paddlers can access near Crumstown, following a straight, channelized line of water as it widens, then wiggles naturally as it crosses into Illinois. Read the article.
Journal of the San Juan Islands
The Trails Committee of the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District is pleased to announce that the Roche Harbor Resort Trails are now designated the honor of being a National Recreation Trail. On June 3rd, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Director Jonathon B. Jarvis announced that the Roche Harbor Trails were one of six trails nationally to join the National Trail System. Read the article.
About the National Recreation Trails program
National Recreation Trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Each of the new National Recreation Trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from the Secretary of Interior or Secetary of Agriculture, and a set of trail markers.
The National Recreation Trails program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website at www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails.
For more about the new designations and details of many featured trails, please visit: