Today (June 3) is National Trails Day. It’s a time to celebrate trails of all shapes and sizes. From well known long distance trails like the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail to local bike paths and neighborhood walking trails. That said, not every trail is technically a “national trail.” There are three categories for national trails – National Scenic Trails like the AT or PCT, National Historic Trails like the Santa Fe Trail, and National Recreation Trails. This last category has over 1,000 trails of local or regional significance. They include rail trails, hiking trails, urban trails, rural trails, and wilderness trails. It would be impossible to list them all here, but the odds that there is a National Recreation Trail near you are excellent.
Here is a link for a list of trails by state as well as a link to the NRT Database from American Trails. Find one and get on it!