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The National Trails System is...

...the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.


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National Recreation Trail logo   Press Release --
Secretary Jewell Designates 28 National Recreation Trails in 18 States
Three women walking on a trail through the woods.   Hike. Bike. Paddle. Ride. Celebrate Trails --
National Trails Day activities will be available in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.
National Water Trail System logo   National Water Trails System Launched
National Water Trails System Brochure & Website
    Accomplishments Report --
National Trails System: Annual Report for FY 2012 (PDF 733 KB)
    Connect Trails to Parks Report --
A Three Year Program Report (PDF 2.1 MB)
    Press Release --
National Park Service Funds Trail Projects in 10 States and DC (PDF 63 KB)
    Interagency Cooperation --
The National Trails System Memorandum of Understanding (for 2006-2016)
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National Recreation Trail logo   National Recreation Trails
National Recreation Trails are established by secretarial action.
National Trails Training Partnership Logo   National Trails Training Partnership Improve your trails skills. Explore the NTTP web site.
Challenge Cost Share Program | Federal Lands to Parks | Hydropower Relicensing Program
Land and Water Conservation Fund | Conservation and Outdoor Recreation| National Trails System
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers | Rivers and Trails Program | Urban Park and Recreation Recovery
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