The Partnership regularly reports on critical elements of maintaining and developing the National Trails System. These reports serve to educate decision makers, funders, advocates and friends of the National Trails System on the current threats, the contributions made by volunteers, the challenges and the excellent programs offered by member organizations and partners.
These reports are produced by the Partnership for the National Trails System with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The case studies are aligned with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s strategic goals: safety, infrastructure, innovation, accountability.
- Fall 2020 case study: Protecting Waikapuna: Nana i waele mua i ke ala, mahope aku makou, na poki’i (He or She First Cleared the Path and Then We Younger Ones Followed) (high-resolution) (compressed)
- Summer 2020 case studies: Partnerships, Planning, and Persistence: Collaborative Approaches Aid Three Ice Age Trail Acquisitions (high-resolution) (compressed)
- Spring 2020 case study: Saving Fones Cliffs: A Remarkable Conservation Success Story Along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
- Fall 2019 case study: Saving Land on the Trinity Divide: A Pacific Crest Trail Success Story
State of the Trails Reports
These reports show the collaborative impact of the nonprofit trail organizations and Federal agency partners, using the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act as a benchmark.
Volunteers & Contributions to Support the National Trails
These reports summarize the hours of volunteer time contributed to build, interpret, and maintain the different trails and dollars donated.
- 2020 report
- 2019 report
- 2018 report
- 2017 report
- 2016 report
- 2015 report
- 2014 report
- 2013 report
- 2011 report
- 2010 report
- 2009 report
Youth/Young Adult Reports – View these on Next Generation page
These reports highlight the variety of programs offered across the trails system for youth and young adults.