National Trails System
1968 - 1996

Copyright (c) 1996 by Steve F. Russell
Revised: Mon Jan 18, 1999


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In 1968, the National Trails Systems Act was established by congress to provide for recreation, public access, enjoyment, and appreciation of the "open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources of the Nation." UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 16 - CONSERVATION, CHAPTER 27 - NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM

The following sources of the NTS Act are available:

To date, this act has established 19 National Scenic and Historic Trails that are governed under the act (as amended) and its provisions. The following is a list of the home pages for these national trails. Since not all trails have begun development of home pages, the address of the Partnership for the National Trails System has been given.


Appalachian National Scenic Trail (1968) [NPS]

California National Historic Trail (1992) [NPS]]

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (1978) [USFS]

Florida National Scenic Trail (1983) [USFS]

Ice Age National Scenic Trail (1980) [NPS]

Iditarod National Historic Trail (1978) [BLM]

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (1990) [NPS]

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (1978) [NPS]

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail (1978) [NPS]

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (1983) [NPS]

Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail (1986) [USFS]

North Country National Scenic Trail (1980) [NPS]

Oregon National Historic Trail (1978) [NPS]

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (1980) [NPS]

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (1968) [USFS]

Pony Express National Historic Trail (1992) [NPS]

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (1983) [NPS]

Santa Fe National Historic Trail (1987) [NPS]

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (1987) [NPS]

Other Sources of Trail Information

Partnership for the National Trails System

NTS PARTNERS - Click here to create your own web page

American Hiking Society, PO Box 20160, Washington, DC 20041-2160
(301) 565-6704 voice, (301) 565-6714 fax

Trails, Recreation and Conservation Resources on the World Wide Web
Compiled by Steve Elkinton, National Park Service
Edited and updated by Steve F. Russell Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation

GORP - Great Outdoor Recreation Pages

National Historic Trails
National Scenic Trails
National Recreation Trails

Hiking and Backpacking - Clubs and Organizations

Hikenet's USA Hiking, Climbing and Walking Club listings

National Park Service

National Park Service, National Trails System Map and Guide

Internet Resources for Heritage Conservation, Historic Preservation, and Archaeology
Compiled and maintained by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, National Park Service.

U.S. Forest Service

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Other Trails-Related Pages
Compiled by Charles Cuvilier, Natchez Trace NST
Edited and updated by Quentin Blacklock, Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation

This Web page is provided courtesy of Iowa State University and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation