National Historic Trails

Oregon Trail at sunset.
Oregon Trail at sunset. © Bart Smith

National historic trails recognize original trails or routes of travel of national historic significance including past routes of exploration, migration, and military action.

Information about each national historic trail is provided below.

Ala Kahakai

Length: 175 miles
State(s): HI
Administering Agency: National Park Service

California

Length: 5,600 miles
State(s): CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, NE, NV, OR, UT, WY
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Captain John Smith Chesapeake

Length: 3,000 miles
State(s): VA, MD, DE, DC, PA, NY
Administering Agency: National Park Service

El Camino Real de los Tejas

Length: 2,600 miles
State(s): TX, LA
Administering Agency: National Park Service

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Length: 404 miles
State(s): NM, TX
Administering Agency: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management

Iditarod

Length: 2,400 miles
State(s): AK
Administering Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Juan Bautista de Anza

Length: 1,200 miles
State(s): AZ, CA
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Lewis and Clark

Length: 3,700 miles
State(s): ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Mormon Pioneer

Length: 1,300 miles
State(s): IL, IA, NE, UT, WY
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo)

Length: 1,170 miles
State(s): ID, OR, MT, WY
Administering Agency: U.S. Forest Service

Old Spanish

Length: 2,700 miles
State(s): AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, UT
Administering Agency: National Park Service; Bureau of Land Management

Oregon

Length: 2,170 miles
State(s): ID, KS, MO, NE, OR, WA, WY
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Overmountain Victory

Length: 330 miles
State(s): NC, SC, TN, VA
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Pony Express

Length: 2,000 miles
State(s): CA, CO, KS, MO, NE, NV, UT, WY
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Santa Fe

Length: 1,203 miles
State(s): CO, KS, MO, NM, OK
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Selma to Montgomery

Length: 54 miles
State(s): AL
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Star-Spangled Banner

Length: 560 miles
State(s): DC, MD, VA
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Trail of Tears

Length: 5,045 miles
State(s): AL, AR, GA, IL, KY, MO, NC, OK, TN
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route

Length: 700 miles
State(s): MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC
Administering Agency: National Park Service

Last updated: August 15, 2018