Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary
June 1, 2006
| Contact: Shane Wolfe
|Secretary Kempthorne Announces Designation of 36 New National Recreation Trails in 24 States|
WASHINGTON-- Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today designated 36 trails in 24 states as new National Recreation Trails, adding more than 800 miles of trails to the National Trails System.
"The new trails joining the National Recreation Trail System illustrate the diversity of the country's pathways," Kempthorne said. "These remarkable resources provide outdoor recreational opportunities that include the chance to hike the rolling tundra of Alaska's backcountry, paddle an urban waterway in Milwaukee, bike an abandoned railway in Utah, ride an equestrian trail in Virginia, or wander along a nature loop in Oklahoma."
The announcement coincides with the 14th annual celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, 2006. The theme for this year's event, "Experience your Outdoors", encourages people to use trails for exercise and exploration. More than 1,100 locally organized activities will take place throughout all 50 states including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, volunteer repair projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. A complete schedule of activities is available at www.NationalTrailsDay.org.
Each of the trails inducted into the National Recreation Trails System will receive a certificate of designation and trail markers. They join a network of more than 900 trails encompassing more than 10,000 miles.
The National Recreation Trails Program is jointly administered by the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trail website at www.american trails.org/nationalrecreationtrails.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) is a community resource of the National Park Service. RTCA staff provides technical assistance to community groups and local, state, and federal government agencies so they can conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways. More information is available online at http://www.nps.gov/rtca.
Secretary Kempthorne designated the following 36 trails as National Recreation Trails:
St. Paul Island High Bluffs Trail - Located in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, this 6-mile backcountry trail takes visitors through a landscape of coastal cliffs, rolling tundra, windswept beaches, and the Bering Sea.
District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia Potomac River Water Trail - This water trail and greenway traverses over 300 miles, offering diverse experiences and exciting opportunities to view the varied landscapes and rich history of the Potomac River.
Smithville Lake Trail - Located near Kansas City, this 20-mile multi-use trail provides a natural haven where visitors can enjoy an array of recreational activities, such as hiking and biking.
Genesee Riverway Trail - This 15-mile urban trail/bikeway takes trail users through the scenic, historic, and cultural heart of Rochester, linking parks, historic districts, waterfalls, and more.
Hudson River School Art Trail - This 3-mile historic theme trail is part of a larger network comprised of seven sites linking the home of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School, with painting sites that inspired the work of many artists in the nineteenth century.
Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail System - This 14-mile interpretive, community trail system connects downtown Hyde Park with nearby residential neighborhoods, four National Park sites, three town parks, and a nonprofit nature preserve.
House Creek Greenway - This 3.2-mile urban trail/bikeway is a vital link in the State's greenway system and features the Reedy Creek Pedestrian Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North Carolina.
Mountains-to-Sea Trail - Falls Lake South Shore - This 26-mile scenic hiking trail is part of a larger trail system that will eventually connect 37 counties on the East Coast, including numerous cities, state parks, and federal lands.
Washburn Discovery Trail - This 2.2-mile multi-use trail connects Harmony Park (on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail) with Riverside Park and provides scenic vistas of the Missouri River.
Eagle Roost Nature Trail - Located in Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, this 1.25-mile interpretive nature trail forms a loop through a diversity of habitats and provides opportunities to view bald eagles, whooping cranes and other waterfowl.
Ridgeline Trail - This 14-mile urban trail/bikeway provides an extensive opportunity for recreation and nature appreciation just a few miles from downtown Eugene and features Spencer Butte, the highest and most prominent landmark at the southern end of the Willamette Valley.
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail - This 28-mile rail-trail and bikeway traverses areas rich in cultural history, such as the Wasatch Mountains near Park City and the wetland meadows in Silver Creek Canyon, providing not only recreational opportunities for local residents, but alternative transportation options as well.
Milwaukee Urban Water Trail - This 35-mile water trail flows through urban portions of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers, providing miles of access and paddling to the 1.5 million people in the Greater Milwaukee metropolitan area.