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The Gold Sheet: Demonstrating the Value of Volunteers and Private Investment in Trails

When we say we can’t do it without you, we mean it. Volunteers and private donors not only give their time and money to trails, but they showcase the immense value of National Scenic and Historic Trails (NSHT) to the public. The ability to demonstrate…

Hike the Hill®: 25 Years of Trails Advocacy for the Future

Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System. It brings together the trails community to advance shared trail priorities with congressional and Federal agency leaders including trails funding, public lands management and conservation, equitable…

2021 PNTS Trail Apprentice: Callum Cintron

This column shines a light on rising leaders in public lands and outdoor recreation who participate in PNTS’ Trail Intern Grants or Trail Apprentices Program (TAP). Trail Intern Grants help organizations hire interns to further their missions and expand their capacities. The TAP helps up-and-coming…

Teachers, trainers, local historians and an Iditarod dog musher stand together in Seward, Alaska at an iTREC! workshop. Mile zero of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

PNTS Programming Update Spring 2022

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) is committed to providing and sharing resources that help people protect and promote National Scenic and Historic Trails (NSHT). One way we do this is through webinars. Over the past year, PNTS has worked to increase the…

Message from the Executive Director Spring 2022

Spring can feel like a new beginning. The temperature warms. People in many parts of the U.S. see blooming flowers and budding trees for the first time in months. As we shed layers of clothing and emerge from our winter routines, a page of our…

Federal Agency 2021 Highlights

National Park Service (NPS) Trail Administration — NPS administered 23 National Scenic and Historic Trails, including two co-administered trails, spanning over 42,000 miles across 48 States, including the District of Columbia. Funding — Operational funding of $15.4 million was provided in support of the National…

Accessibility and Awareness 2021 Highlights

When immersed in a trail experience, it is simple to overlook the many hands and hours of labor need to create and maintain treasured public lands. Projects like removing obstacles on trails, refurbishing historic buildings, or temporarily reviving a historic route often occur without great…

Education and Interpretation 2021 Highlights

Each educational panel, signpost marking the way along a certified auto route and video or app you use to learn more about a National Scenic or Historic Trail involve hours of the collaboration of a host of skilled professionals, knowledgeable volunteers and others to create…

Local Impact 2021 Highlights

National Trails provide affordable outdoor recreation that contributes to the overall health and well-being of millions of people nationwide. As an arterial network that connects urban and rural communities in all 50 States and Washington, D.C., the National Trails System attracts eco- and heritage tourism,…

Capacity Building and Partnerships 2021 Highlights

National Scenic and Historic trails serve tens of millions of visitors each year. Since 2020, trail use has skyrocketed following social distancing requirements and increased use has continued throughout 2021. Trail managers in the public and private sectors have therefore had to work to expand…