Late last week the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the designation of 41 trails as National Recreation Trails, adding almost 650 miles of new trails to the National Trails System. Spanning across 17 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors as part of a healthier lifestyle.
“From coast to coast, National Recreation Trails help connect Americans with the wonders of America’s Great Outdoors," said Deputy Secretary Hayes. "Today’s new National Recreation Trails, built through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, provide great opportunities for people to get outside, get active and have fun. The trails establish a strong link in our urban and rural communities alike to a conservation legacy for future generations to build upon."
With the announcement, the state of Alabama saw 21 trails officially designated as National Recreation Trails. The only trails to receive designation in the Smokies region was the Warriors' Path State Park Mountain Bike Trail System. The park is located near Kingston, Tennessee.