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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.

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Ohio River Water Trail
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Shetucket River Water Trail
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Willamette River Water Trail
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Applications are due November 1 of each year.

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NRTs showcase the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.

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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.

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