National Historic Trails

National Historic Trails are windows into worlds past, their place in time immortalized with National Trail designations. These are America’s legendary routes, some of our most profound landmarks:


National Recreation Trails

There are more than a thousand National Recreation Trails — far too many to profile on this site. For detailed information on these trails, see the comprehensive database managed by American Trails.


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The National Trails are administered through the cooperative efforts of many individuals, organizations, and government agencies. This site and its guide are designed as an introduction. For more information and ongoing updates, visit the National Park Service and their National Trails System site.