650 Miles Added to US National Trail System

Obama's America's Great Outdoors Program kicks off initiative

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 28 new National Recreation Trails, covering 650 miles, on National Trails Day June 1.  

"From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the great outdoors," said Secretary Jewell.

National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced that this designation would add almost 650 miles of trails to the National Trails System.

“Today’s trails span 18 states and join a network of more than 1,200 previously designated trails that total more than 15,000 miles,” Jarvis said.

One of the trails added to the system was the Sugar Bottom Mountain Biking Trail, which is 13 miles in length and surrounds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Coralville Reservoir.  Sugar Bottom is known as the birthplace of mountain biking in Iowa.

For a complete list of the new trails that Secretary Jewell approved last week read the official press release from the NPS here. You can find a National Recreation Trail near you by clicking here.   And check out our interactive National Park Guide for information on all 400-plus national parks,  monuments, and other units in the NPS system.