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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…

Collaboration and Engagement 2021 Highlights

Collaboration and engagement efforts take many forms on National Scenic and Historic Trails. The individuals, organizations, and agencies responsible for National Trails work hard to ensure that the Trails tell the full story of the lands they traverse and the people they impact. From instituting…

Land Protection and Restoration 2021 Highlights

With 69% of Americans living within an hour drive of a National Trail, the 30 Congressionally designated National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails provide access to iconic natural places and capture significant stories of the nation. They are uniquely positioned to further connect and…

PNTS Year in Review 2021

It has been a banner year at the Partnership for the National Trails System; one of continued transition and growth. Here are some of the highlights: Advocating for National Trails  A highlight of PNTS advocacy activity each year is Hike the Hill. In 2021, participants…

Message from the Executive Director Winter 2021/22

Message from the Executive Director Winter 2021/22

Each year, the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) team has the pleasure of collecting annual highlights from the nonprofit organizations and agencies that work together to manage, maintain and promote National Scenic & Historic Trails. After a year filled with feats of physical…

2021 National Scenic and Historic Trail Highlights

2021 National Scenic and Historic Trail Highlights

2021 National Scenic and Historic Trail Highlights by Trail National Scenic Trails Appalachian NST Arizona NST Continental Divide NST Florida NST Ice Age NST Natchez Trace NST New England NST North Country NST Pacific Crest NST Pacific Northwest NST Potomac Heritage NST National Historic Trails…

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) provided the following highlights for the Appalachian NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) continues to convene the Appalachian Trail Landscape Conservation Partnership (ATLP) with the National Park Service…

Arizona National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Arizona National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Arizona Trail Association provided the following highlights for the Arizona NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience Staff, volunteers and Federal agency employees worked together to restore a natural spring that was negatively impacted by a recent wildfire…

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) provided the following highlights for the Continental Divide NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience CDTC completed its “Connecting across the Continent” report that showcases how the CDT contributes to the America the…

Florida National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Florida National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Florida Trail Association provided the following trail highlights and photos for the 2021 calendar year: Local Economy, Tourism and Community Health This year our Gateway Communities program has continued to grow, thanks in large part to our intern grant from PNTS. Our intern added…

Ice Age National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Ice Age National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Ice Age Trail Alliance provided the following highlights for the Ice Age NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience In February of 2020 the Ice Age Trail Alliance purchased 46 acres of land at the edge of the…

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The following highlights took place along the Natchez Trace NST during the 2021 calendar year: Local Economy, Tourism and Community Health 2021 saw the revival of both the Tour the Trace ride, which invited 50 competitive cyclists to ride the entire 444-mile length of the…

New England National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

New England National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Appalachian Mountain Club provided the following highlights for the New England NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience The Connecticut Forest and Park Association hosted an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team in Connecticut this Fall. The team…

North Country National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

North Country National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The North Country Trail Association and the National Park Service provided the following trail highlights and photos for the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement NCTA’s JEDI Committee has been meeting monthly and is focused on staff, board and community training as well as the…

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) provided the following highlights for the Pacific Crest NST during the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement The PCTA sponsored Crystal Gail Welcome’s “Footprints for Change Hike for Justice” this summer on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the…

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA) provided the following highlights for the Pacific Northwest NST during the 2021 calendar year: Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships PNTA coordinated collaborative work with the Forest Service, Olympic National Park, Back Country Horsemen, and other local stakeholders to reopen a…

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 2021 Highlights

The following highlights took place along the Potomac Heritage NST during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience A mile of off-road trail was added to the Potomac National Scenic Trail in northern Virginia, connecting Belmont Bay to Veterans Park via…

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Ala Kahakai Trail Association (AKTA) provided the following highlights for the Ala Kahakai NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience AKTA closed on a land acquisition of 1300 acres at Kaunamano on October 12, 2021, were able to…

Caption John D. Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Caption John D. Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following highlights for the Captain John D. Smith Chesapeake NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience In July 2021, Chief Dennis Coker of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware offered a land acknowledgment…

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro 2021 Highlights

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following trail highlights and photos for the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 2021), the National History Academy invited the National Park Service, National Trails office (NTIR) to present virtually on the…

El Camino Real de Los Tejas 2021 Highlights

El Camino Real de Los Tejas 2021 Highlights

The El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail Association (ElCat) provided the following highlights for the El Camino Real de Los Tejas NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Local Economy, Tourism and Community Health In March, ElCaT’s Trail de Flores chapter organized a…

Iditarod National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Iditarod National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance (IHTA) provided the following highlights for the Iditarod NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Local Economy, Tourism and Community Health The Forest Service manages the Southern Trek of the Iditarod National Historic Trail. In the summer of 2021, the Chugach…

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The following highlights for the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT were provided by the National Park Service and the Anza Trail Foundation for the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience This summer’s record-breaking monsoon rain gave the all-volunteer Anza Trail Coalition…

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following highlights for the Lewis and Clark NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience This year marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship, also known as an Interagency Agreement, between the Trail and…

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following trail highlights and photos for the 2021 calendar year: Education, Interpretation and Cultural Expression In 2021, National Park Service, National Trails office (NTIR) staff worked with an award-winning exhibits design and development firm and the Iowa Mormon Trail…

Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The following highlights were submitted for the Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail by a representative of the Bitter Root Cultural Heritage Trust for calendar year 2021: Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships The NPNHT has awarded a Challenge Cost Share Agreement to the Bitter Root Cultural…

Old Spanish National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Old Spanish National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The following highlights were submitted by the Old Spanish Trail Association for events that occurred on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail during the 2021 calendar year: Strengthening Organizations and Partnerships During summer 2021, the National Park Service, National Trails office (NTIR) hosted an intern…

Oregon and California National Historic Trails 2021 Highlights

Oregon and California National Historic Trails 2021 Highlights

The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) provided the following highlights for the Oregon and California NHTs during the 2021 calendar year: Education, Interpretation and Cultural Expression OCTA partnered with the Amargosa Conservancy to win a California Humanities Council grant and the end result is a 25-minute…

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Overmountain Victory Trail Association provided the following highlights for the Overmountain Victory NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) and the principal partner organization the Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) have continued to find new…

Pony Express National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Pony Express National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Pony Express Association provided the following highlights for the Pony Express NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Historic Preservation With the help of our partnership with the National Park Service, the Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association was able to repair…

Santa Fe National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Santa Fe National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The Santa Fe Trail Association provided the following highlights for the Santa Fe NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience A new pedestrian hiking trail with interpretive wayside exhibits was opened in 2021 at the Black Jack Rut Site…

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following highlights for the Selma to Montgomery NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement On Wednesday, June 23 2021, a groundbreaking ceremony at Brown Chapel marked the beginning of a much-needed restoration/repair project to bring back the…

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following highlights for the Star-Spangled Banner NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement The Star-Spangled Banner NHT recently concluded the inaugural year of its Trail Ambassador Sail program in partnership with Pride of Baltimore, Inc. (Pride, Inc).…

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 2021 Highlights

The National Trail of Tears Association provided the following highlights for the Trail of Tears NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Collaboration and Engagement In June 2021, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU-CHP) completed and submitted to the National Park…

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route 2021 Highlights

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route 2021 Highlights

The National Park Service provided the following highlights for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT during the 2021 calendar year: Conserving Trail Lands and Boosting Climate Resilience In collaboration with the National Park Service, W3R-US provided technical assistance with locally based organizations along the Trail and…

Short Film Spotlights Pilgrimage on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT

Short Film Spotlights Pilgrimage on the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT

Every year beginning in late September and culminating on October 4, thousands of pilgrims from all over Mexico and southern Arizona converge on the city of Magdalena de Kino, Mexico, bringing a 120-mile stretch of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail National Historic Trail (JBDANHT)…

Fall 2021 Comings and Goings

We welcome… Federal Agency Partners: Tracy Stone-Manning was confirmed as the head of the Bureau of Land Management. She will be the first person to lead the organization since the Obama Administration. Dr. Tracey Ritchie joined the National Park Foundation as vice president of education and…

National Park Service Volunteer Rides and Kayaks All 680 Miles of Washington-Rochambeau Trail

National Park Service Volunteer Rides and Kayaks All 680 Miles of Washington-Rochambeau Trail

by Johnny Carawan, Trail Administrator, National Park Service, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Lilienthal is the first person to complete the “Revolutionary Ride” On Saturday, August 28, National Park Service volunteer Sal Lilienthal completed a 680-mile revolutionary ride at the Yorktown Victory Monument, becoming…

Rethink Outside™ – It’s Time to Tell a New Story

Rethink Outside™ – It’s Time to Tell a New Story

by Berkeley Bryant, Program Coordinator, Blue Sky Funders Forum The Rethink Outside™ Shared Narrative was the subject of the opening session of the 2021 National Trails Workshop Time in nature has often been seen as a ‘nice to have’ and not a critical need for…

Arizona Trail Association Releases Trail Skills Institute Series

Arizona Trail Association Releases Trail Skills Institute Series

by Wendy Lotze, Volunteer Program Manager, Arizona Trail Association The Arizona Trail Association’s (ATA) Trail Skills Institute video series is now online and available to the public. Each of the eight videos are less than six minutes long and are available for anyone to stream…

Missouri’s Jewels of the Santa Fe Trail

Missouri’s Jewels of the Santa Fe Trail

by Marcia Will-Clifton Franklin, Missouri, Arrow Rock Ferry Landing and Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge are three jewels along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. September 1, 2021, 200 years to the day since September 1, 1821, historians, friends, descendants and visitors gathered…

Santa Fe National Historic Trail Commemorates 200 Years with Events Along the Entire 1,200-Mile Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail Commemorates 200 Years with Events Along the Entire 1,200-Mile Trail

The origin of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail (SFNHT) can be traced back to June 10, 1821, when William Becknell published a notice in the Missouri Intelligencer newspaper soliciting participants for a trip “to the westward for the purpose of trading for Horses &…

Historic Iron Forge Discovered on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Historic Iron Forge Discovered on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

The David Allen Iron Works site may have been critical to America’s victory in the Revolutionary War The discovery of a long-lost iron forge on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail by a grandfather and his grandsons Jonah (age 9) and Phillip Walker (age 6),…

Brown Chapel Is Awarded $1.3 Million by NPS for Restoration

Brown Chapel Is Awarded $1.3 Million by NPS for Restoration

The award is part of NPS’ $15 million African American Civil Rights Grant program Still a functioning church today, Brown Chapel stands at the Western terminus of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail as a monument to the sacrifices made by protestors to ensure…

Nearly 15,000 Acres Conserved in Montana National Forest, Protecting Miles of Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce NHTs

Nearly 15,000 Acres Conserved in Montana National Forest, Protecting Miles of Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce NHTs

Project Quick Facts: Area secured: 14,800 acres Trail preserved: 8 miles Lewis and Clark NHT; 12 miles Nez Perce NHT Funding source: Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund Land manager: USDA Forest Service Cost of Acquisition: $10,800,000 A recent acquisition of 14,800 acres in western…

Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association Installs Signage Along Original Pony Express Route

Utah Division of the National Pony Express Association Installs Signage Along Original Pony Express Route

State Divisions of the National Pony Express Association are in the process of installing route marking signs as near as possible to the original route taken by Pony Express riders between 1860-61. The automotive or auto tour route of the Pony Express National Historic Trail…