National Recreation Trails Database
What is an NRT?
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.
Update a Trail
Trail managers, learn how to submit an edit to your trail.
National Water Trails
National Water Trails are a sub-set of the National Recreation Trails Program.
Apply for 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
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