National Recreation Trails application
About National Recreation Trails
The National Recreation Trail system was created by an act of Congress in 1968. Learn more about this historic event and the legacy of NRTs.
How to Apply for Designation
Is your trail a good candidate for National Recreation Trail designation? This page will tell you the requirements and how to nominate your trail.
Benefits of Designation
The NRTs work to preserve and celebrate our nation's pathways. We invite you to explore America’s great national system of trails and greenways.
Join over 1,300 trails in the NRT System
New designations of National Recreation Trails are announced each year, generally by the Secretary of Interior prior to National Trails Day in June. Trails on USDA land (including National Forests) follow a separate designation process.
2024 applications are due Nov 1, 2023Create your account
Explore the NRT System Map
NRTs showcase the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.
What is the the National Trails System?
Congress passed the National Trails System Act in 1968, establishing a nationwide system of scenic, historic, and recreation trails.Learn More