The National Trails System


Quick Take - September 24, 2020
Judy Din

National Trails System Map

Story Map


Administration and Management

The National Trails System: A Brief Overview, CRS Report, February 2020

"The 30 national scenic and historic trails are administered by either the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the land management agencies. The NPS administers 21 of the 30 trails; the FS administers 6 trails; the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers 1 trail; and the NPS and BLM jointly administer 2 trails. The administering agency typically develops the trail management plan, oversees development of trail segments, coordinates trail marking and mapping, develops maintenance standards, coordinates trail interpretation, administers cooperative and interagency agreements, and provides financial assistance to others for trail purposes, among other functions."

National Park Service
USDA Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program

"The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from nonhighway recreational fuel use: fuel used for off-highway recreation by snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, and off-highway light trucks."

Partnership for the National Trails System


Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Pacific Crest Trail Association
Continental Divide Trail Coalition

American Trails

National Recreation Trail Database

Federal Trails Data Standards
Standardizes data about trails across the four agencies that administer national trails

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