Early last month, the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, recently designated 22 trails in 13 states, as newly recognized National Recreation Trails, adding more than 525 miles of trails to the National Trails System.
The National Trail System Act of 1968 authorized creation of a national trail system comprised of National Recreation Trails, National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails. While National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails may only be designated by an act of Congress, National Recreation Trails may be designated by the Secretary of Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture to recognize exemplary trails of local and regional significance in response to an application from the trail's managing agency or organization. Through designation, these trails are recognized as part of America's national system of trails.
To see the complete list of new trails added to the system, please click here.
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