A familiar agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Forest Service, which manages 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands. A wide variety of Forest Service trails are designated National Recreation Trails. Some of these are featured below; click on the links to see more photos and trail descriptions. Eligible trails may be designated in the future see the U.S. Department of Agriculture designation process for details.
Designating new National Recreation Trails
Periodically the USDA designates new national recreation trails in national forests and grasslands to the system of nationally significant and recognized trails. See the U.S. Department of Agriculture Designation Process for details and see the USDA Forest Service Contacts for National Recreation Trails. About 35% of all designated NRTs are on national forests and grasslands. To see details of these any all of the trails, visit the searchable online National Recreation Trails database.
Trails on USDA lands that have been designated as NRTs in recent years:
Ozark Trail (Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri )
Trail (Tahoe National Forest,
Rim Trail (Humboldt-Toiyabe
National Forest, Calif. and Nev.)
Daah Hey Trail (Dakota Prairie
Trail (George Washington and
Jefferson National Forest, Va.)
The National Trails System Act of 1968 allows the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to recognize existing community trails that qualify as additions to the National Trails System. The Act promotes enjoyment and appreciation of trails and greater public access. Along with inclusion in the National Recreation Trails System, each of the four trails will receive a certificate of designation and National Recreation Trail markers. See more benefits of NRT designation.
The National Recreation Trail program provides technical assistance and support for outreach efforts. The Forest Service and National Park Service administer the program with help from a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trail Web site: www.americantrails.org/.
Each 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.
Whoever manufactures, sells, or possesses the National Recreation Trail logo, or any colorable imitation thereof, or photographs or prints in any other manner, makes or executes any engraving, photograph or print, or impression in the likeness of this insignia, or any colorable imitation thereof, without written authorization from the United States Department of the Interior, is subject to the penalty provisions of section 701.
Updated July 6, 2012
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