Centennial Celebration: Trails & Parks

  In honor of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, here is an excerpt from our love letter to national parks from national trails. (To read the entire piece, visit Earth Island Journal)   Map of the National Trails System - courtesy of the National Park Service   National parks offer perennial destinations [...]

National Trails infographic

  This blog entry unveils a brand new infographic introducing the National Trails. We'll be expanding this graphic in the coming months but for now, here is a basic introduction to the trails with a visual spin: the infographic.   Stay tuned for more multimedia offerings from the National Trails Guide, like this infographic, as [...]

2015 National Trails (PNTS) conference

  It's an honor to be speaking at the 15th National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, just outside Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is sponsored by the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) and my topic is "Working with Youth and Technology to Promote Our Trails." Here is the synopsis: It’s important in today’s fast-paced [...]

Selma – History and Meaning

It's hard to imagine that a simple bridge can stand for so much. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses that bridge and provides visitors with a chance to understand the struggles faced by the civil rights movement of the 1960s.   Events that took place on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma provide [...]

By | February 3rd, 2015|National Historic Trails, Thru-hikers|

Trail Angels – National Scenic Trail Heroes

  Trail Angels are a special breed. It's likely that most people have never heard of them -- but it's a given that anyone who has completed a long-distance trail is not only familiar with the term but may have even met one of these elusive characters.   Hikers who have been on a trail for [...]

National Trails Guide Interview: Father/Son Thru-Hikers

  The National Trails System is a world-class network of Congressionally-designated trails which span the United States. The Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and similar national trails attract many outdoor enthusiasts, some of whom make plans to hike the entire length of the trail. These individuals are called thru-hikers. Our National Trails Guide site continues [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|National Scenic Trails, National Trails - general, Thru-hikers|

National Trails Guide Interview: Desert Jewel

Having completed the Triple Crown and most recently the Arizona National Scenic Trail, Fred Gaudet has been given a unique monicker on behalf of his accomplishments: "Triple Crown with a Desert Jewel!" Fred persevered through plenty of physical and natural challenges until he reached his goals. We interviewed him on behalf of our National Trails [...]

By | November 17th, 2013|National Scenic Trails, Thru-hikers|

National Trails Guide Interview: Across America on National Trails!

  The National Trails System is a world-class network of Congressionally-designated trails which span the United States. The Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Continental Divide Trail (CDT) together cover about 8,000 miles -- people who complete all three of these long trails over a period of time are bestowed with the hiking [...]

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