The National Trails

National Scenic and Historic Trails

The National Trails System Act of 1968 authorized a National System of Scenic, Historic and Recreation trails to preserve access to significant outdoor scenic and historic resources of the nation. A National Scenic Trail (NST) or National Historic Trails (NHT) requires Congressional approval by both the House and Senate.

Starting with the Appalachian NST and Pacific Crest NST in 1968, the system has grown to 30 NSTs and NHTs as shown on the map. NST and NHT are supported by official non-profit groups that provide countless hours of volunteer labor as well as funding.

Follow the link below to launch an interactive map of the 30 scenic and historis trails.

National Scenic and Historic Trails

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. Through designation, these trails are recognized as part of America's national system of trails. National Recreation Trails (NRT) provide for numerous outdoor recreation activities in a variety of urban, rural, and remote areas. Over 1,000 trails in all 50 states, available for public use and ranging from less than a mile to 485 miles in length, have been designated as NRTs on federal, state, municipal, and privately owned lands. American Trails is working with the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the National Recreation Trails Program.

For more information about National Recreation Trails, including maps for the National Recreation Trails nationwide visit: