National Trails System

  • Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail
  • California National Historic Trail
  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
  • Florida National Scenic Trail
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Iditarod National Historic Trail
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
  • Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • New England National Scenic Trail
  • Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
  • North Country
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Oregon National Historic Trail
  • Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  • Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail
  • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
  • Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
America’s National Trails System consists of the 30 national scenic and historic trails, more than 1,000 recognized regional and local recreational trails, and several side or connecting trails.


30 National Scenic and Historic Trails (National Trails) are congressionally designated corridors that contain significant recreational, scenic, historic, natural and cultural elements. These 30 trails — stretching for a hundred or thousands of miles each and more than 55,000 miles in total — connect with 70 wildlife refuges, 80 National Parks, 90 Bureau of Land Management areas, 90 National Forests, 123 Wilderness Areas, and 100 major metropolitan areas.

These National Scenic and Historic trails traverse wilderness, rural, suburban and urban areas in 49 states connecting with every distinct ecological area or biome in the US. They protect crucial conservation areas and provide wildlife migration corridors, as well as education, recreation, & fitness for people of all ages.

Set up as collaborative projects by the National Trails System Act of 1968, hundreds of nonprofit organizations, assisted by a variety of state and federal agencies, support the National Trails System and offer recreational and heritage identity to thousands of communities nationwide.

Stewards of the National Scenic and Historic Trails
The Partnership for the National Trails System brings together the non-profit stewards of the National Scenic and Historic Trails, as well as the 5 Federal agency partners who have jurisdiction over the trails. Since 1997, the Partnership has embodied the collaboration of the National Trails System Act and has advocated for these trails. Today, the Partnership has 34 member and 8 affiliate organizations.

What is a ‘national trail?’

America’s National Trail System today

Threats to the National Trail System

Decade for Trails