On Wednesday, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the addition of 19 U.S. trails to the National Recreation Trails system. The 19 trails are already in existence and are located in 17 states.
“By designating these new national trails, we acknowledge the efforts of local communities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Secretary Zinke said in the press release. “Our network of national trails provides easily accessible places to exercise and connect with nature in both urban and rural areas while boosting tourism and supporting economic opportunities across the country.”
The 19 trails add more than 370 miles to the National Recreation Trails system, which now consists of more than 1,000 trails in all 50 states. The announcement was made ahead of the annual National Trails Day happening this weekend, June 2, and in conjunction with the National Trails system’s 50th anniversary.
Getting added to the National Recreation Trails system provides the trails with a plethora of benefits, including NRT logo trail markers, increased visibility, being added to the NRT database and access to funding opportunities.
Here is the full list of trails added:
– Mt. Umunhum Trail, California (3.7 miles)
– Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Trail System, Florida (20.85 miles)
– Fort Larned Historic Nature Trail, Kansas (1.1 miles)
– Fort River Birding and Nature Trail, Massachusetts (1.1 miles)
– Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Michigan (47 miles)
– North Western State Trail, Michigan (32 miles)
– Cannon Valley Trail, Minnesota (19.7 miles)
– Wilson's Creek Greenway, Missouri (5 miles)
– River's Edge Trail, Montana (53 miles)
– Climax Canyon Nature Trail, New Mexico (3 miles)
– Guadalupe Ridge Trail, New Mexico and Texas (100 miles)
– Martin Van Buren Nature Trails, New York (3.7 miles)
– Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail, Pennsylvania (3.1 miles)
– Blackberry Trail, South Dakota (1 mile)
– Bays Mountain Park Trail System, Tennessee (40 miles)
– Salado Creek Greenway, Texas (15 miles)
– Corona Arch, Utah (1.5 miles)
– Wright's Mountain Trails, Vermont (7.2 miles)
– Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, Virginia (15.7 miles)
Get out there this weekend and enjoy some trails for National Trails Day.
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