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THE NATIONAL RECREATION TRAILS (NRT) program works to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. We invite you to explore America’s great national system of trails and greenways.
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2001 National Recreation Trail designations
Fifteen trails have been designated this year
as new National Recreation Trails
of the Interior Gale Norton announced
on National Trails Day, June 2, 2001
the designation of 15 new trails in
13 states and Puerto Rico as National
Recreation Trails (NRT). The NRT is
a component of the National Trails
System that recognizes trails for
their exceptional conservation efforts.
The designation affords each trail
the unique distinction as part of
the National Trails System.
commend all of the citizens that have
labored to make these trails exceptional
and worthy of this prestigious designation,"
said Norton. "This designation is
an indication of the community's commitment
to conservation and ensuring public
access to outdoor recreational opportunities
close to home."
The following trails
were designated as National Recreation
Trails in 2001; click on the state or trail name for
Paseo del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Creek Trail System - A
backcountry trail in Norfolk Lake,
Arkansas, it is known for scenic areas
and mountain biking opportunities.
Peavine Trail - This scenic
rail-trail is Prescott, Arizona's
first multi-use, non-motorized trail
for all ages and has already been
accepted into the Arizona State Trails
Ingles Trail System - This
network is comprised of six loop trails
that offer scenic views of Kentucky's
Yatesville Lake. The trail has received
widespread multi-agency support and
is recognized for its historic and
Maryland and Pennsylvania:
Great Allegheny Passage - The main line of a trail
system running from the C&O Canal
Towpath at Cumberland, MD, to the
Forks of the Ohio River at Pittsburgh,
the trail will ultimately link Pittsburgh
with Washington, D.C. on a near-level
rail-trail through the Allegheny Mountains.
Trunk Trail - This rail-trail
serves as a link between two towns
and various trails in southern New
England. It is the result of a collaborative
effort between local, nonprofit, state
and federal agencies.
Trail (2 sections) - Primarily
a backcountry footpath for over 150
years, this multi-county trail in
Massachusetts is surrounded by historic/cultural
and natural resources.
Recreation and Nature Trail (3 sections) - This trail has received
distinction as the Nation's longest
rail to trail conversion, and Nebraska's
first State Recreation Trail.
Heritage Trail - A project
of Save America's Treasures, the dike
is the first phase of a continuous
trail system in Princeville, North
del Morro - This trail
dates back to the 1630's and provides
spectacular views of Old San Juan,
Puerto Rico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Trail - Located in Walterboro,
South Carolina, this trail combines
forest, wildlife and watershed management
to provide recreational and educational
Spring Nature Trail - This unique Tennessee trail
is an example of multiple-use forest
management, serving as an outdoor
classroom, low-impact recreational
corridor, and wildlife corridor.
Creek Nature Area - This
area of Virginia and its trails provide
a unique setting in which to educate
visitors about native plant species.
& Gauley Bridge Turnpike - Listed on the Register of Historic
Places, this trail precedes the Civil
War and serves thousands of visitors
to Burnsville Lake in West Virginia
Mountain Interpretive Nature Trail - Located near Casper, Wyoming, this
trail's surface and gentle grade allow
a variety of users to enjoy recreational
National Recreation Trails are components of the National Trails System
and recognize already existing trails that connect people to resources
and improve their quality of life. The program is jointly administered
by the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
Program and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with other federal
and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails. Each of the trails
inducted into the system will receive a certificate of designation and
trail markers. They join a network that contains more than 11,000 miles
of trails. More information is available at the National
Recreation Trails website, hosted by American Trails. Following
are the 40 additions to the National Trails System named by Secretary
Each year nominations for designation of new National Recreation Trails
may be submitted. The National Park Service and USDA Forest Service
jointly administer the NRT program with help from other federal and
nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National
Recreation Trails website (www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails).
The National Recreation Trail Program recognizes trails that provide
opportunities for all Americans to enjoy the out-of-doors and improve
the quality of life of our communities.
The nomination process follows an
annual timetable which results in official designation by the Secretary
of the Interior each June. See the 2003
U.S. Department of Agriculture NRT Designations page for additional
trails on National Forests and Grasslands.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation
Assistance Program and the USDA Forest Service administer the program
in conjunction with a other federal and nonprofit
partners, notably American Trails,
which hosts the National Recreation Trails website.
RTCA is a community resource of the National Park Service which provide
technical assistance to community groups and local, State, and federal
government agencies to help conserve rivers, preserve open space, and
develop trails and greenways.
Each year nominations
for designation of new National
Recreation Trails may be submitted.
Details of the program may be found
on the NRT website hosted by American
The National Recreation Trail Program
recognizes trails that provide opportunities
for all Americans to enjoy the out-of-doors
and improve the quality of life of
The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: www.AmericanTrails.org
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