National Trails System
The National Historic Trails System, established by the National Trails System Act of 1968, commemorates historic routes and promotes their preservation and development for public use. National historic trails recognize diverse facets of history such as prominent past routes of exploration, migration, trade, communication, and military action. The historic trails generally consist of remnant sites and trail segments, and thus are not necessarily contiguous. Although national historic trails are administered by federal agencies, land ownership may be in public or private hands.
Learn more about the National Trails System, including national historic, scenic, and recreation trails. View the National Trails System map.