Secretary Haaland Designates 9 New Nationwide Recreation Trails

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Date: Friday 3 June 2022
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WASHINGTON— To mark Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day on June 4, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced the designation of nine new National Recreation Trails in seven states, adding nearly 600 miles to the National Trails System. The newly designated trails join a network of more than 1,300 existing national recreation trails found in every US state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“The National Trails System, which includes national scenic, historical and recreational trails, provides a wealth of opportunities to experience our nation’s breathtaking landscapes while supporting outdoor recreation and boosting local economies,” said State Secretary Haaland. “These new pathways will help expand community connections to green spaces where children can play, families can connect, and a love and appreciation for the outdoors can be fostered.”

“National Recreation Trails are community-based trails that provide quick, easy, and affordable access to the benefits of spending time outdoors,” he said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “They are sources of civic pride who support recreation opportunities and alternative modes of transportation. Whether you are a horseback rider or a pedestrian, a paddler or a peddler, we invite you to explore these trails.”

National recreation trails are jointly coordinated and managed by the National Park Service and the US Forest Service in cooperation with a number of state and nonprofit partners. Designation of a national recreation trail may be made by either the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture on an existing local or regional trail with approval of the federal, state, tribal, local, non-profit, or private entity in charge of the trail. The award must be requested by the managing agency or organization of the trail. The application deadline for new national leisure routes is currently November 1st.

Today’s trail markings align with the principles of the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful initiative, a locally led and volunteer nationwide effort to conserve, connect and restore the lands, water bodies and wildlife on which we all depend.

The list of newly designated trails is below and ready to explore. Everyone receives a nomination certificate, a set of trail markers and a letter of appreciation from State Secretary Haaland.

FLORIDA

Seven Mile Loop
The 7.25-mile Seven Mile Loop Trail in Crystal River Preserve State Park offers hikers and cyclists a chance to explore Florida while traveling through diverse coastal habitats. The trail is mostly limestone and suitable for hiking, running, mountain biking, and gravel biking. The trail crosses several freshwater tidal streams providing opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography or quiet appreciation of the outstanding beauty of this unique site.

MISSOURI

Fulbright Spring Greenway Trail
The Fulbright Spring Greenway Trail provides important connections within Greene County, Missouri. This 6.98 mile natural surface loop trail connects four parks, an elementary school, housing developments and other local trail systems. Many residents refer to this trail as the Emerald Chain because it connects so many unique outdoor areas just minutes from downtown Springfield, Missouri.

NEW YORK

Inwood Hill Park Orange Trail
The 1.43-mile Inwood Hill Park Orange Trail offers a trail through Manhattan’s only forest. Potholes, giant slabs of glacial slate and historic structures such as Straus Mansion and Cock Hill Fort showcase the geological and human history of the region. This moderate to strenuous trail takes visitors through the heart of the park’s Shorakapok Preserve with dramatic views of Spuyten Duyvil Creek, the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades.

New York State Canalway Water Trail
The New York State Canalway Water Trail consists of over 450 miles of land-cut canals and interconnecting lakes and rivers with more than 150 public paddle access points. The waterway follows the New York State Canal System across the expanse of upstate New York, providing visitors with a wealth of places and attractions to visit. Flowing through time and history, the waterway connects beautiful landscapes and communities, many of which have welcomed canal travelers for almost 200 years.

OHIO

Conotton Creek Bike Trail
The Conotton Creek Bike Trail is an 11.4 mile designated rail trail offering scenic tranquility in northern Harrison County, Ohio. It crosses the Conotton Valley parallel to the Conotton Creek. The trail offers visitors the chance to experience wetlands, farms, forests, rock formations, wildlife, and five covered bridges built on original railroad bridge platforms.

Little Miami State Park
Little Miami State Park is a 50-mile multi-use paved rail trail that runs parallel to the Little Miami River in southwest Ohio. Little Miami State Park provides a gateway trail between the greater Cincinnati and northern Ohio trail systems. For most of its route, the park follows the Little Miami River, a state scenic river and a national wild and scenic river.

South Carolina

South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail
The 60-mile South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail in Florence County, South Carolina, takes paddlers into the cypress- and tupelos-laden marshland that Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion used as a hideout to fight the British. In addition to rich history, the trail offers visitors access to the region’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem.

TEXAS

Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails
Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails are 9.9 miles of continuous hiking trails connecting two adjacent parks totaling 1,100 acres. As part of a regional trail network, the multipurpose trails provide easy access to a number of public amenities, including barbecue pavilions, a playground, a sand volleyball court, restrooms, an amphitheater, a recreation center, a dog park, two man-made lakes, soft-surface trails, a treetop canopy -Adventure course, a nature and retreat center and ample parking.

VIRGINIA

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Trail System
The 2.7-mile Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Trail System consists of seven interconnected trails that provide an opportunity to view the wildlife and vegetation of the refuge’s seven distinct habitats – ocean, beach, marsh, shrub, grassland, marine forest and freshwater bay . The surfaces of the trails vary from boardwalk, gravel, sand and gravel.

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