Who We Are

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) connects member nonprofit trail organizations and federal agency partners to further the protection, completion, and stewardship of the 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails within the National Trails System.

The National Trails system offers the American public a tremendous variety of recreation, preservation, fitness, and heritage opportunities. National Trails are designated by Congress for the crucial role each trail plays for re-tracing American history and celebrating the diverse natural beauty of the United States. The National Trails System links historic sites, wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, wilderness areas, and other public lands with communities, and it provides unique linear corridors for environmental and historical preservation. Building, maintaining, and interpreting the National Trails system thus requires complex collaboration between federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners. YOU can get involved by volunteering with / joining a local trail organization, participating in advocacy, or financially supporting the efforts of the Partnership and/or its partner organizations.

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Recent News

Planning is underway for the 2015 National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, to take place in Nashville, Tennessee!  Please contact the PNTS if you have any ideas for speakers or topics you would like to see!

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