Just in time for summer, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and National Trails Day, the Department of the Interior and National Park Service have designed 19 new National Recreation Trails, stretching out over 17 different states.
Some short, some long, the existing 19 trails add up to over 370 miles; designating them as National Recreation Trails means they will receive additional funding for upkeep, will be marked with National Recreational Trail signage and resources, and will of course receive a lot more visitors thanks to their increased profile.
The 19 trails are located in 17 states all across the country, from California to Massachusetts. The longest is the 100-mile Guadalupe Ridge Trail, stretching from New Mexico to Texas, while the shortest are the 1.1-mile long Fort Larned Historic Nature trail in Kansas and 1-mile Blackberry Trail in South Dakota.
A few other highlights include the trail to Corona Arch, on BLM land in Utah, and the 53-mile long River’s Edge trail in Great Falls, Montana.
So if you live in the proximity of one of these trails, be sure to check them out this summer and take advantage of the all the beauty this country has to offer.