Update on the National Trails System

Many miles of right-of-way need to be acquired for the public to be able to fully enjoy the National Scenic Trails and many sites and remnants remain to be preserved and fully interpreted for the public to fully understand and appreciate the National Historic Trails. Properly preserved Historic Trail resources evoke a sense of the past that helps visitors to appreciate how the events of long ago forged the way to the world of today. Although steady progress has been made to transform these trails from lines on maps to places in the landscape for people to learn from and enjoy, at the current pace it will be decades before most of them will be fully available for public use.

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Congressionally authorized National Scenic and Historic Trails are complex partnerships

National Trails - Official Site

The Ridgeway National Trail forms the middle section of the 583 kilometreGreater Ridgeway, which runs from Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast to Hunstantonon the north Norfolk coast.

National Trail Raceway - Official Site

Mojave Trails National Monument protects irreplaceable historic resources including ancient Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. Additionally, the area has been a focus of study and research for decades, including geological research and ecological studies on the effects of climate change and land management practices on ecological communities and wildlife.

Browse the National Scenic and Historic Trails managed by the BLM to learn more.

The National Old Trails Road - Federal Highway Administration

Boole, the largest giant sequoia on National Forest System Land, is the 8th largest of all known sequoias. This trail offers spectacular views of the Kings River gorge and spectacular high Sierra Nevada mountain vistas. As you travel along the trail, you’ll come across remains of sequoias left where they fell in the historic logging days.

The National Old Trails Road Part 1: The Quest for a National Road

The National Trails System Act was signed into law October 2, 1968, yet forty years later only the initial two trails—; the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails— are fully available for the public to experience from end to end. Despite recent progress in opening new miles on the Continental Divide, Florida, and Ice Age National Scenic Trails through the generosity of private land owners, organizations, corporations, State agencies, and other entities; the other six National Scenic Trails and all of the National Historic Trails are still, after many years of effort by citizen volunteers and public agency trail managers, in various stages of completion.

Today the National Trails System totals over 60,000 miles in all 50 states (longer than the Interstate Highway System) and is comprised of:

National Trails Fund Grant Program – American Hiking Society

In December 2006, six Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pledging to work closely together to enhance visitor satisfaction, to coordinate trailwide administration and site-specific management, to protect resources, to promote cultural values, to foster cooperative relationships, to share technical expertise, and to fund lands and resources associated with the National Trails. The MOU continues until 2016 as an active partnership of the Federal Interagency Council on Trails, an interagency group that has met since 1969 to coordinate activities under the authorities of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241-1251).

National Trails are long distance footpaths and bridleways in England and Wales

Hiking Trails | Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Description: Though strenuous, this Sequoia hiking trail to Alta Peak is considered by many to be one of the best day hikes in Sequoia National Park. At 11,204 feet, the summit of Alta Peak provides jaw-dropping views of the Great Western Divide and the High Sierra. On a clear day you can even see all the way to Mt. Whitney!

World's Best Hikes: Epic Trails - National Geographic

National Trails - Home | Facebook

National Scenic and Historic Trails are signature components of the National Trails System, and protected by the BLM as a part of the National Conservation Lands. Congress established the National Trails System in 1968 and designated the Appalachian and Pacific Crest as the first national trails. From that time on, the BLM engaged with other agencies and volunteers along the Pacific Crest, and on many other trails later enacted.