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The National Trails System

Nearly 60,000 miles celebrate the diverse natural beauty and history of the United States


Pacific Crest Trail (FS photo)

The National Trails System offers a tremendous variety of recreation, preservation, fitness and heritage opportunities. These trails are recognized by Congress for their crucial role in re-tracing American history and celebrating the natural beauty of the United States. There are 11 national scenic trails, 19 national historic trails and over 1,000 national recreation trails throughout the country. Together the 30 scenic and historic trails total nearly 60,000 miles.

The National Trails System links historic sites, wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, wilderness areas, and provides the opportunity for environmental and historical preservation.

Mark your calendars for American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® on the first Saturday of every June. Participate in one of the many outdoor activities or take a look at the list of trails below where you can find your own trail adventures and use it as a resource for planning your great escape!

Search by: National Historic Trails, National Scenic Trails or National Recreation Trails.


National Historic Trails

Name Agency and Association Location
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail National Park Service (NPS), Ala Kahakai Trail Association HI
California National Historic Trail NPS, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Oregon-California Trails Association CA, CO, ID, KS, MO, NE, NV, OR, UT, WY
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail NPS, Chesapeake Conservancy VA, MD, DE, DC
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association LA, TX
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, FWS, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Association NM, Mexico
Iditarod National Historic Trail BLM, FWS, Iditarod National Historic Trail Alliance AK
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, Anza Trail Foundation, Web de Anz AZ, CA
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, FWS, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc., Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc. ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, Mormon Trails Association, Iowa Mormon Trails Association IL, IA, NE, UT, WY
Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail Forest Service (FS), BLM, FWS, Nez Perce Foundation OR, ID, MT, WY
Old Spanish National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, Old Spanish Trail Association AZ, CA, CO, NV, NM, UT
Oregon National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, FWS, Oregon-California Trails Association ID, KS, MO, NE, OR, WY
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail NPS, Overmountain Victory Trail Association NC, SC, TN, VA
Pony Epress National Historic Trail NPS, BLM, FWS, Pony Express Association CA, CO, KS, MO, NE, NV, UT, WY
Santa Fe National Historic Trail NPS, Santa Fe Trail Association CO, KS, MO, NM, OK
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail NPS AL
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail NPS DC, MD, VA
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail NPS, FWS, Trail of Tears Association AL, AR, GA, IL, KY, MO, NC, OK, TN
Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail NPS, W3R Inc. MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, DC

National Scenic Trails

Name Agency and Association Location
Appalachian National Scenic Trail NPS, FWS, Appalachian Trail Conservancy CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV
Arizona National Scenic Trail NPS, BLM, Arizona Trail Association AZ
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail NPS, BLM, Continental Divide Trail Coalition and Continental Divide Trail Society MT, ID, WY, CO, NM
Florida National Scenic Trail NPS, FS, Florida Trail Association FL
Ice Age Scenic Trail NPS, Ice Age Scenic Trail Alliance WI
New England National Scenic Trail NPS, Appalachian Mountain Club, Connecticut Forest and Park Association MA, CT
North Country National Scenic Trail NPS, FWS, North Country Trail Association MI, MN, ND, NY, OH, PA, WI
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail FS, BLM, Pacific Crest Trail Association CA, OR, WA
Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail FS, BLM, Pacific Northwest Trail Association MT, ID, WA
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail NPS, BLM, FWS DC, MD, PA, VA

National Recreation Trails

There are over 1,000 trails recorded in the National Recreation Trails Database around the country. Check it out when you plan your next adventure.