Nearly 1,400 miles of trails have been added to the National Trails System, according to a press release from the National Park Service. Spanning 23 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect to the great outdoors. The announcement was made in concert with NPS’s promotion of National Trails Day.
National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Each of the new national recreation trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and a set of trail markers.
The national recreation trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the USDA Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the national recreation trails website.
For more information on each of the trails nominated, including the Zim Smith click here. For information on other trails in NY, and to find a trail near you visit Parks & Trails New York’s Trailfinder.