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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 - Elroy-Sparta State Trail, WI

Featured State - Wisconsin

Latest News and Features

New NRTs designated for 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the designation of 19 new National Recreation Trails in 17 states, adding more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system of more than 1,000 trails in all 50 states.


National Recreation Trails photo contest winners

See the winners of the 2017 contest for National Recreation Trails pictures, sponsored by American Trails  Read more and see photo galleries

Article: What’s a National Recreation Trail?

An Outdoor Illinois magazine article asked this question and also provided the answer: "From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences."  Read more...

Follow NRTs on Facebook

Follow National Recreation Trails on Facebook and receive updates on featured trails, photos, program news, and more.  Visit our Facebook page...

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...

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...

Learn about 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...

Oregon’s Mckenzie River Trail gains national interest

The Seattle Times is among the latest bringing attention to Oregon's most popular NRT. The Mckenzie River Trail is hailed nationally as a top-10 mountain bicycling trail.  Read the article

New trails designated for 2016

Secretary Jewell, National Park Service Director Jarvis Announce New National Recreation, Water Trails  Read 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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P.O. Box 491797
Redding, CA 96049-1797
(530) 605-4395

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