Long-distance trails in the United States

The following is a list of long-distance trails in the United States:

Name Length Region Endpoint 1 Endpoint 2 Description
mi km
Adventure Hiking Trail 25 40 Indiana loop in southern Indiana
Allegheny Front Trail 41.8 67.3 Pennsylvania around Black Moshannon State Park in central Pennsylvania
Allegheny Trail 330 530 West Virginia Appalachian Trail Mason–Dixon line mostly in West Virginia through the Appalachians and Allegheny Mountains
American Discovery Trail 5,000 8,000 Coast-to-Coast Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean Point Reyes National Seashore, California on the Pacific Ocean passes through Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. Quoted 6800 miles includes an additional 1800 miles of alternate routes, including bike routes.
Appalachian Trail 2,189.1 3,523.0 Appalachian Mountains Georgia Maine passes through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire
Arizona Trail 790 1,270 Arizona mountains and canyons Mexico Utah Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Art Loeb Trail 30.1 48.4 Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp Davidson River Campground Transverses the Pisgah Ranger District from North to South, and passes through the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Backbone Trail 68 109 Santa Monica Mountains NW of Los Angeles, California Point Mugu State Park Will Rogers State Historic Park traverses Santa Monica Mountains, limited overnight capacity
Baker Trail 132 212 Pennsylvania Allegheny National Forest Allegheny Township A hiking trail in Pennsylvania.
Bartram Trail 153 246 Southeast Appalachian mountains Chattooga River Cheoah Bald connects to the Appalachian and Foothills Trails; traverses Georgia and North Carolina
Batona Trail 49.5 79.7 New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Ong's Hat Bass River State Forest Passes through three state parks in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Bay Area Ridge Trail 500 800 San Francisco Bay Area circles San Francisco Bay; under development
Bay Circuit Trail 200 320 Massachusetts Newbury, Massachusetts Kingston, Massachusetts under construction; will circumnavigate Massachusetts Bay
Benton MacKaye Trail 300 480 Southeast mountains Springer Mountain in Georgia Davenport Gap[1] at the northeast end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park connects from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; traverses Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Both endpoints meet with the Appalachian Trail. Together, the two trails form a figure-8 loop.
Bigfoot Trail 400 640 Northwest California Klamath Mountains of Northwest California Redwood National Park traverses Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness; under development
Black Forest Trail 43 69 North-Central Pennsylvania loop near Slate Run, Pennsylvania
Bonneville Shoreline Trail 90 140 Utah circles ancient Lake Bonneville
Border Route Trail 65 105 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Follows the ridgeline above the chain of lakes along the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada and is known for its dramatic vistas.
Buckeye Trail 1,444 2,324 Ohio Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State Park Eden Park in Cincinnati circles Ohio; many scenic locations, such as the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; passes through many small historical towns, shares path with American Discovery Trail and North Country Trail
Bucktail Path 34 55 North-Central Pennsylvania Sizerville State Park Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvania straight-line trail in Elk State Forest, Pennsylvania
California Coastal Trail 1,200 1,900 California Oregon Mexico more than half complete as of June 2012; within sight, sound, or at least the scent of the sea
Caprock Canyons Trailway 68 109 Texas South Plains Terminal MM Estelline Terminal MM A rail trail in Caprock Canyons State Park 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Amarillo, Texas Open to hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Catamount Trail 300 480 Vermont Readsboro, Vermont Canada–US border in North Troy, Vermont A cross-country skiing trail which crosses the state of Vermont. Parts of the trail are only open in the winter.
Conestoga Trail 63 101 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Horse-Shoe Trail Mason-Dixon Trail A trail that stretches across Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Centennial Trail 111 179 South Dakota Black Hills National Forest South Dakota
Chief Ladiga Trail 33 53 Alabama Georgia state line Weaver Alabama's longest rails-to-trails project, at the state line it turns into Georgia's Silver Comet Trail
Chilkoot Trail 33 53 Yukon Dyea, Alaska Bennett, British Columbia international historical trail; late 1890s major access route between the coast and Yukon goldfields
C&O Canal Trail 184.5 296.9 Maryland Cumberland Washington, DC trail is the old towpath for the abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio Canal along the Potomac River
Chuck Keiper Trail 47 76 Sproul State Forest, Pennsylvania Loop trail with a connector.
Coast to Crest Trail 70 110 California Pacific Ocean at Del Mar Volcan Mountains near Julian The main east-west trail of the San Dieguito River Park, the trail follows the San Dieguito River from the ocean to the river's source. As of 2015, 45 of the planned 70 miles of trail have been completed.[2][3]
Cohos Trail 162 261 Northern New Hampshire Notchland, near Crawford Notch State Park Canada–US border at the southern edge of Quebec
Colorado Trail 483 777 Central Colorado Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver Durango completed in 1987; highest point 13,334 ft (4,064 m); most above 10,000 ft (3,000 m); often dips below the alpine timberline
Condor Trail 400 640 California Lake Piru Bottcher's Gap Los Padres National Forest, under development
Continental Divide Trail 3,100 5,000 Rocky Mountains Glacier National Park, Montana at the U.S.–Canada border Big Hatchet Mountains, New Mexico at the U.S.–Mexico border on or near the Continental Divide; 70% complete as of 2007; crosses Triple Divide Peak
Corvallis to the Sea Trail 62 100 Western Oregon Corvallis, Oregon Ona Beach eastern half opened September 2017; western half expected to be officially open in two years
Cowboy Trail 195 314 Northern Nebraska Norfolk, Nebraska Valentine, Nebraska started in 1996, a multi-use rail trail. 321 miles (517 km) of former rail right-of-way, if completed may create the longest rail trail.
Cranberry Lake 50 50 80 New York circles the shores of Cranberry Lake in the Northwestern region of the Adirondack Park
Cumberland Trail 175 282 Tennessee trail along the Cumberland Plateau
Des Plaines River Trail 55 89 Northern Illinois Wisconsin state line North Avenue in Melrose Park, Chicago short stretches incomplete
Desert Trail 2,223 3,578 Desert and mountains of the West Jacumba, California Snowy Top, Canada border Traverses the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, the Black Rock Desert, Pueblo Mountains, Blue Mountains, Columbia Plateau, and Selkirk Mountains.
Donut Hole Trail 81 130 Sproul State Forest hiking trail in Pennsylvania
Duncan Ridge Trail 35.5 57.1 Chattahoochee National Forest Appalachian & Benton MacKaye Trails at Three Forks Appalachian Trail at Slaughter Mountain A National Recreation Trail which forms a 60-mile (97 km) loop in combination with the Appalachian Trail.
East Coast Greenway 3,000 4,800 Eastern U.S. Calais, Maine Key West, Florida 29% complete as of 2013, multi-use path
Eastern Continental Trail 5,400 8,700 Eastern U.S. Key West, Florida Belle Isle, Newfoundland mountain route to Labrador, Canada
Erie Canalway Trail 360 580 New York Buffalo, New York Albany, New York 77% Complete as of 2014[4]
Finger Lakes Trail 557.7 897.5 New York Catskills Western New York Footpath: Main Trail from Allegany State Park to Catskills plus additional six branch trails. Traverses NYS along southern counties. Est. 1962
Flint Hills Nature Trail 117 188 Kansas Osawatomie, Kansas Herington, Kansas Rail-trail in eastern Kansas.
Florida Trail 1,000 1,600 Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore Big Cypress National Preserve up to 1,300 miles (2,100 km) total length is planned; construction began in 1966; designated a National Scenic Trail in 1983
Foothills Trail 76 122 Appalachian foothills Table Rock State Park Oconee State Park Follows the Blue Ridge Escarpment in South Carolina, and partly in North Carolina.
Fox River Trail (Illinois) 44 71 Northern Illinois Algonquin, Illinois Oswego, Illinois
Fox River State Recreational Trail 26.3 42.3 NE Wisconsin downtown Green Bay Hilbert northern 12 miles (19 km) paved, southern 14 miles (23 km) gravel
Gandy Dancer Trail 98 158 Wisconsin and Minnesota hiking and biking path
George S. Mickelson Trail 108.8 175.1 South Dakota within the Black Hills
Ghost Town Trail 36 58 Western Pennsylvania Ebensburg, Pennsylvania Black Lick, Indiana County A National Recreation Trail in Western Pennsylvania.
Grand Enchantment Trail 730 1,170 Southwest desert Phoenix, Arizona Albuquerque, New Mexico east-west mostly wilderness trail
Great Allegheny Passage 150 240 Northeast A rail trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Great Eastern Trail 1,600 2,600 approx. Eastern U.S. New York Alabama in development with portions open
Great Miami River Trail 75 121 Ohio Franklin, Ohio Piqua, Ohio multi-use path along the Great Miami River
Great River Trail 60 97 Northern Illinois Rock Island, Illinois Savanna, Illinois in development with most open
Great Western Loop 6,875 11,064 Western United States Grand Canyon Grand Canyon loop of the U.S. west combining the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and other trails.[5]
Great Western Trail 4,455 7,170 Western Rockies Canada Mexico passes through Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
Great Western Trail (Illinois) 92 148 Illinois, Iowa mostly rails to trails conversion
Green Bay Trail-Robert McClory Trail-Kenosha County Bike Path 36 58 Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Wilmette, Illinois Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Greenstone Ridge Trail 40 64 Isle Royale National Park Windigo Ranger Station Rock Harbor, Michigan Backbone trail of Isle Royale
Hayduke Trail 812 1,307 Utah and Arizona route in Utah and Arizona, linking Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks
Hennepin Canal Parkway 105 169 Northern Illinois Bureau Junction, Illinois Colona, Illinois
High Country Pathway 72 116 Michigan Loop through the Pigeon River Country State Forest near Vanderbilt, Michigan
High Line Canal Trail 58 93 Colorado Waterton Canyon, Chatfield State Park Aurora, Colorado Mostly unpaved trail along the High Line Canal waterway through metropolitan Denver, Colorado
High Sierra Trail 61.5 99.0 California Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park Mount Whitney
Highlands Trail 162.7 261.8 New York + New Jersey Storm King Mountain Delaware Water Gap [1]
Highline National Recreation Trail 54.8 88.2 Arizona Pine, Arizona Close to where Arizona State Route 260 intersects Mogollon Rim Historic trail established in the late 1800s to link various homesteads and ranches below the Mogollon Rim.
Horse Shoe Trail 140 230 Southeastern Pennsylvania Valley Forge Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg
Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail ? ? Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana proposed trail, possibly only an auto route but likely to have water and hiking trails; authorized in 2009 by US Congress
Ice Age Trail 1,200 1,900 approx. Wisconsin Potawatomi State Park Interstate Park generally follows end moraine of the last ice age
Idaho Centennial Trail 883 1,421 Idaho near Murphy Hot Springs Upper Priest Falls Traverses large wilderness areas
Iditarod Trail 1,025 1,650 Alaskan wilderness Seward Nome famous dog sledding race; route alternates each year
Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail 69 111 Northern Illinois Peru, Illinois Romeoville, Illinois
Illinois Prairie Path 61 98 Illinois Wheaton second of 27 new National Trails, consists of three radials
International Appalachian Trail 1,900 3,100 approx. Northeastern North America Mount Katahdin, Maine Newfoundland from the northern terminus of Appalachian Trail; proposals pending to extend to Europe and North Africa
Iron Horse Regional Trail 40 64 San Francisco Bay Area Concord, California Pleasanton, California The completed Iron Horse Regional Trail will span the distance from Livermore to Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County, a distance of 55 miles, connecting two counties and 12 cities.
Iron Mountain Trail 58 93 approx. NE Tennessee and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia Appalachian Trail at Cross Road Mountain, Tennessee Northwest of Fries, Virginia Transverses the Iron Mountains; most of the route was part of the Appalachian Trail prior to 1972. Many sections are open to bikes and equestrians.
John Muir Trail 211 340 California Sierra Nevada Yosemite Valley Mount Whitney
Jordan River Trail 40 64 Utah Great Salt Lake (U.S.) Utah Lake winds through city parks and residential areas, mostly paved; an unpaved extension continues another ~26 miles north
Katy Trail 240 390 Missouri crosses the state
Kekekabic Trail 41 66 Superior National Forest
Knobstone Trail 58 93 Southern Indiana The Knobstone Trail (KT) is Indiana's longest footpath - a 60-mile backcountry-hiking trail passing through Clark State Forest, Elk Creek Public Fishing Area, and Jackson-Washington State Forest. These state resource properties contain more than 42,000 acres of rugged, forested land in Clark, Scott and Washington counties in southern Indiana. The trail extends from Deam Lake, just north of State Road 60 in Clark County, to Delaney Park, just east of S.R. 135 in Washington County. The initial 32-mile segment of the trail was opened in 1980.[6]
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail 109 175 Florida part of the Florida Trail
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail 70 110 Southwestern Pennsylvania trail in the Laurel Highlands area
Little Miami Scenic Trail 74.9 120.5 Miami Valley in Ohio Springfield, Ohio Newtown, Ohio Entirely paved trail along the Little Miami River; almost entirely off-road. Continues an additional 32 miles (51 km) north to Bellefontaine as the Simon Kenton Trail.
Lone Star Hiking Trail 96 154 Texas A few miles East of Richards, Texas A few miles Northwest of Cleveland, Texas Traverses east/west through the Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston. A series of intersecting loop trails bring total potential mileage to 132. Heavily forested throughout, the trail skirts many developed areas, and contains a number of road walks (some several miles long) connecting sections of the trail. Trail is blazed, well signed, and regularly maintained along the entire length.
Long Path 347.4 559.1 New York + New Jersey George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey Altamont, New York (Albany)
Long Trail 272 438 Vermont Massachusetts Canada A footpath in the Wilderness begun in 1910 and completed in the 1930s. The Long Trail spans the length of Vermont, following the spine of the Green Mountains. Typical hiking time is 2 to 4 weeks.
Lost Turkey Trail 26.3 42.3 Western Pennsylvania Somerset County, Pennsylvania Bedford County, Pennsylvania Trail spanning three counties in Western Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Trail 59.2 95.3 North Central Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Route 87, 10 mi (16 km) north of Montoursville Meade Road, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from U.S. Route 220, just north of Laporte Hiking trail that runs parallel to Lycoming Creek. The trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Maah Daah Hey Trail 96 154 North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park the longest continuous single track mountain biking trail in America
Mark O. Hatfield Memorial Trail 60 97 Oregon Starvation Creek Multnomah Falls proposed in 2011, almost entirely in wilderness, course incompletely determined as of 2013, but expected to be on existing trails
Mason-Dixon Trail 190 310 Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail at Whiskey Springs, Pennsylvania Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Massanutten Trail 71 114 George Washington National Forest Large loop trail in Central Virginia; National Recreation Trail.
Mattabesett Trail 57 92 South-Central Connecticut
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail 114 183 New Hampshire Metacomet Trail on the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line Mount Monadnock
Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail 220 350 Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Huron
Midstate Trail (Massachusetts) 92 148 Massachusetts Worcester County, central Massachusetts
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway 50 80 Southwest New Hampshire Mount Monadnock Mount Sunapee
Monon Trail 18.1 29.1 Indiana Indianapolis Westfield
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 1,000 1,600 approx. North Carolina Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountains Jockey's Ridge, Outer Banks about 530 miles (850 km) complete as of 2011; follows the Appalachian Trail for 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Natchez Trace Trail 440 710 Southeastern U.S. Tennessee Mississippi disjoint trail; 62 miles (100 km) complete; not planned to be connected
New England Trail 233 375 Connecticut and Massachusetts Guilford, Connecticut New Hampshire border includes most of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Mattabesett Trail and Metacomet Trail; designated as NST in 2009
New River Trail State Park 57 92 Southern Virginia Pulaski, Virginia Fries, Virginia & Galax, Virginia A rail trail, with three end points, following the New River and one of its tributaries.
North-South Trail (KY/TN) 59 95 Kentucky/Tennessee near Grand Rivers, Kentucky near Dover, Tennessee Hiking trail running the length of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Terrain ranges from easy to moderate. Great lake views in the north and deeper woodlands in the south. Camping shelters every 10-12 miles; off-trail backcountry camping allowed with free permit (obtained at the North Welcome Station, Golden Pond Visitor Center, or the South Welcome Station). Many sites of historical interest on or near the trail.
North-South Trail (RI) 77 124 Rhode Island Blue Shutters Beach, Charlestown, Rhode Island Massachusetts border, Burrillville, Rhode Island A hiking trail that runs the length of Rhode Island from the Atlantic Ocean in Charlestown to the Massachusetts border in Burrillville, Rhode Island where it connects to the Mid-State Trail.
North Country Trail 4,600 7,400 Northern United States Crown Point, New York Lake Sakakawea State Park, North Dakota A diverse footpath crossing the prairies of North Dakota; the Northwoods of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; rural farm country of southern Michigan and western Ohio; and the rugged Allegheny Plateau of eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York; and finally the Finger Lakes region and Adirondacks of New York.
North Umpqua Trail 79 127 Southern Oregon follows the Umpqua River; 11 segments mostly in undeveloped forest
Northeast Texas Trail 132 212 Texas Farmersville, Texas (NE of Dallas) New Boston, Texas incomplete rail to trail conversion which passes through seven rural Texas counties and 19 towns, mostly east-west. There are overgrown and illegally fenced off sections.[7][8][9]
Northern Forest Canoe Trail 740 1,190 Northeastern United States Old Forge, NY Fort Kent, ME Water trail through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Northville-Placid Trail 138.4 222.7[10] New York Northville Lake Placid North-south low-elevation trail through the Adirondack Park (begin 1922, completed 1924).
OC&E Woods Line State Trail 105 169 Oregon Klamath Falls Thompson Reservoir a rail trail and Oregon State Park
Ocean to Lake Trail 63 101 Florida Hobe Sound Beach on the Atlantic Ocean Lake Okeechobee The Ocean to Lake Hiking Trail (OTLHT) runs approx 63 miles west from Hobe Sound Beach to Lake Okeechobee where it ends at the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) trail head.
Ohio to Erie Trail 318 512 Ohio Cincinnati on the Ohio River Cleveland Incorporates numerous rail trails and roads
Old Croton Trail 26.2 42.2 New York Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx New Croton Dam follows Old Croton Aqueduct
Old Loggers Path 27.1 43.6 Lycoming County, Pennsylvania loop trail on former lumber lands in Tiadaghton State Forest in Pennsylvania
Olympic Discovery Trail 120 190 Washington state's Olympic Peninsula Port Townsend La Push about 40 miles (64 km) complete as of 2011 with the remainder traversable using public roads
Oregon Coast Trail 362 583 Oregon North Oregon coast at South Jetty Brookings entire Pacific coast of Oregon
Oregon Desert Trail 750 1,210 Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Lake Owyhee State Park under development as of summer 2013, though no trail needs to be built: uses existing trails and public lands
Oregon Skyline Trail 428 689 Oregon Washington state California established in 1920, incorporated into Pacific Crest Trail in 1968; follows Cascades backbone
Ouachita National Recreation Trail 223 359 Arkansas and Oklahoma longest trail in Ouachita National Forest
Ozark Highlands Trail 218 351 Arkansas through the Ozark National Forest
Ozark Trail 350 560 approx. Missouri
Pacific Crest Trail 2,654 4,271 West Coast Mexico Canada traverses Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range paralleling the Pacific Ocean in California, Oregon and Washington
Pacific Northwest Trail 1,200 1,900 Pacific Northwest Chief Mountain Border Station, Glacier National Park, Montana Cape Alava, Olympic National Park, Washington Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Palmetto Trail 425 684 South Carolina Charleston Southern Appalachians 225 contiguous miles 362 km complete
Paumanok Path 125 201 Long Island, New York Rocky Point Montauk Point Only long-distance trail in the Long Island Central Pine Barrens
Pennsylvania Mid State Trail 327 526 Pennsylvania Maryland New York traverses width of state
Pinhoti Trail 335 539 Alabama and Georgia Benton MacKaye Trail Flagg Mountain near Weogulfa, Alabama Connects the Appalachian Trail to the southernmost mountain of the Appalachian Mountain chain that is over 1,000 feet (300 m) in elevation.
Potomac Heritage Trail 830 1,340 mid-northeastern U.S. incomplete; trail network within Potomac River basin
Quehanna Trail 74 119 Pennsylvania loop trail through Moshannon State Forest and Elk State Forest in North-Central Pennsylvania
River to River Trail 162 261 Southern Illinois Ohio River Mississippi River Stretches through Shawnee National Forest. It forms part of the Southern Section of the American Discovery Trail.
Robert Frost Trail 47 76 Massachusetts Connecticut River Valley
Rock Island Trail (Illinois) 32 51 Central Illinois Peoria, Illinois Toulon, Illinois
Rock Island Trail (Missouri) 47 76 Western Missouri Pleasant Hill, Missouri Windsor, Missouri
San Diego Trans County Trail 160 260 California Salton Sea Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve The Salton Sea to Torrey Pines Beach; ROUTE – under development.[11]
San Francisco Bay Trail 500 800 San Francisco Bay Area encircles shoreline of San Francisco Bay; under development
San Joaquin River Trail 73 117 Central California Friant Dam to Devils Postpile in the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; under development
September 11th National Memorial Trail 1,000 1,600 Mid-Atlantic states connecting the World Trade Center, Flight 93 and Pentagon memorials; under development [2]
Sheltowee Trace Trail 282 454 Kentucky Daniel Boone National Forest
Sierra High Route 195 314 California within Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Yosemite National Park
Silver Comet Trail 61.5 99.0 western Georgia Smyrna, Georgia Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown, Georgia paved rails-to-trails project that connects to Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail 29.5 47.5 California Saratoga Gap, Castle Rock State Park Waddell Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park San Francisco Bay Area hiking trail
Solitude Loop Trail 55.2 88.8 Wyoming Bighorn National Forest Wyoming loop trail beginning and ending at Coffeen Park Trail #592 parts run through the Cloud Peak Wilderness
Standing Stone Trail 71 114 Pennsylvania Greenwood Furnace State Park near McAlevys Fort, Pennsylvania Tuscarora Trail in Buchanan State Forest Connects the Mid State and Tuscarora Trails. Known as the Link Trail until 2007.
Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail 32 51 Ohio East Fork State Park Loop trail around East Fork State Park in south-western Ohio, named for Ohio native Steven M. Newman.
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway 75 121 West Central New Hampshire loop trail encircling the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region [3]
Superior Hiking Trail 296 476 Minnesota Jay Cooke State Park 270 Degree Overlook at the Canada–US border follows north shore of Lake Superior
Susquehannock Trail System 85 137 North Central Pennsylvania trail loop in the Susquehannock State Forest
Tahoe Rim Trail 165 266 California + Nevada loop trail surrounding Lake Tahoe
Tahoe-Yosemite Trail 180 290 California Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite Lake Tahoe
Tecumseh Trail 38.2 61.5 Indiana Morgan Monroe State Forest Monroe Reservoir
Theodore Solomons Trail 271 436 California Glacier Point Horseshoe Meadows parallel alternate to the John Muir Trail, laying lower and further west
Timberline Trail 40.7 65.5 Oregon loops around Mount Hood, almost completely in wilderness
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes 73 117 Idaho Mullan, Idaho Plummer, Idaho rail trail along abandoned Union Pacific right-of-way
Trans-Catalina Trail 38.5 62.0 California Avalon Two Harbors, California Traverses the length of Santa Catalina Island
Tunnel Hill State Trail 48 77 Southern Illinois Harrisburg, Illinois Karnak, Illinois
Tuscarora Trail 252 406 Appalachians parallels Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Twin Valley Backpack Trail 25.3 40.7 Western Ohio Germantown MetroPark Twin Creek MetroPark loops through two parks in the Five Rivers MetroParks system near Dayton, Ohio
Uinta Highline Trail 104 167 Utah Hayden Pass, Utah Route 150 U.S. Route 191 Follows the mountain ridges including Utah's highest mountain, Kings Peak; traverses the High Uintas Wilderness.
Uwharrie Trail 40 64 Central North Carolina Randolph County, North Carolina Montgomery County, North Carolina Original trail has been fragmented. Through hike requires a few miles of walking on country roads. Reconnection efforts are underway.
Virginia Creeper Trail 35 56 Southwest Virginia Abingdon, Virginia Whitetop, Virginia near the Appalachian Trail; multi use rail trail
Virginia Highlands Horse Trail 67 108 Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Elk Garden New River Trail State Park Multi-use trail that crosses the Appalachian Trail as it transverses Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
Wabash Cannonball Trail 63 101 Ohio Montpelier near Liberty, Ohio rail to trail conversion in northwestern Ohio; partially complete in 2012; two forks meet in Maumee[12]
Warrior Trail 67 108 Pennsylvania and West Virginia Monongahela River at Greensboro, Pennsylvania Ohio River south of Moundsville, West Virginia A hiking trail entirely on private property
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail 44.7 71.9 Northern Virginia Shirlington, Virginia Purcellville, Virginia A rail trail in Northern Virginia.
Waterloo-Pinckney Trail 36 58 Michigan Lower Peninsula and the closest city is Chelsea, Michigan
Wild Azalea Trail 31 50 Louisiana Woodworth, Louisiana Valentine Lake Recreation Area Biking and hiking trail through the Calcasieu Ranger District.
Willard Munger State Trail 63 101 Northern Minnesota Hinckley, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota A rail trail in Minnesota
West Rim Trail 30.5 49.1 North Central Pennsylvania On Colton Road 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south of U.S. Route 6, near the village of Ansonia Pennsylvania Route 414, 1.8 miles (2.9 km) south of the village of Blackwell Long-distance trail that follows the western edge of Pine Creek Gorge.
Wonderland Trail 93 150 Washington loop around Mount Rainier in Washington

See also

References

  1. ^ "Resupply Information". Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Retrieved 15 August 2015. Mile 286.2, (TN Hwy 32/NC 284), Davenport Gap, AT Intersection, BMT Northern Terminus
  2. ^ "Trails". San Dieguito River Park – Preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley. San Dieguito River Park. 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Regional Trails Plan: Coast to Crest Trail (San Dieguito River Park)" (PDF). County Trails Program, Community Trails Master Plan. County of San Diego, Community Trails Master Plan Trails Program. 24 June 2009. p. 138. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.ptny.org/pdfs/canalway_trail/CloseGaps/2013_Close_the_Gaps_Final_Report.pdf
  5. ^ "Great Western Loop". Andrew Skurka. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
  6. ^ https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/4275.htm
  7. ^ Pitchford, Joseph (December 31, 2012). "Blazing the Northeast Texas Trail". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  8. ^ "Trail Conditions". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  9. ^ "Discover the Northeast Texas Trail – 130 mile Rails to Trails conversion ~ Dallas NW". Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  10. ^ "Section Descriptions and Mileages". Northville-Placid Trail Chapter of the ADK. 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  11. ^ "Regional Trails Plan: Trans-County Trail" (PDF). County Trails Program, Community Trails Master Plan. County of San Diego, Community Trails Master Plan Trails Program. 24 June 2009. p. 144. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Welcome to". Wabash Cannonball Trail. 1994-03-24. Retrieved 2015-06-09.

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Arizona Trail

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a National Scenic Trail from Mexico to Utah that traverses the whole north–south length of the U.S. state of Arizona. The trail begins at the Coronado National Memorial near the US–Mexico border and moves north through parts of the Huachuca, Santa Rita, and Rincon Mountains. The trail continues through the Santa Catalina north of Tucson and the Mazatzal Mountains before ascending the Mogollon Rim north of Payson, eventually leading to the higher elevations of Northern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks. The trail then continues across the Coconino Plateau and in and out of the Grand Canyon. The Arizona Trail terminates near the Arizona-Utah border in the Kaibab Plateau region. The 800-mile (1,300 km) long Arizona Trail was completed on December 16, 2011. The trail is designed as a primitive trail for hiking, equestrians, mountain biking, and even cross country skiing, showcasing the wide variety of mountain ranges and ecosystems of Arizona.

The idea for the trail was originally developed and promoted in 1985 by Dale Shewalter, a Flagstaff, Arizona, teacher. The Arizona Trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail on March 30, 2009 by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. It forms part of the shortened version of the 6,875-mile (11,064 km) Great Western Loop. This version includes the Grand Canyon National Park.

Benton MacKaye Trail

The Benton MacKaye Trail or BMT is a footpath nearly 300 miles (480 km) in length in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States and is blazed by a white diamond, 5″ across by 7″ tall. The hiking trail was created and is maintained by the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, and it is named for Benton MacKaye, the Massachusetts forester and regional planner who first had the idea for the Appalachian Trail in 1921.The BMT runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia (sharing the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) to Davenport Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail passes through eight United States Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas, while traversing three states (Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina). The lowest elevation (765 ft) on the BMT occurs at the crossing of the Hiwassee River in Tennessee. The highest elevation is the 5,843-foot (1,781 m) summit of Mt. Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

The trail crosses various trout rivers along its path including Shallowford Bridge and The Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River in GA, the Ocoee, Hiwassee, Upper Bald and Tellico Rivers in TN and the Little Tennessee River in NC. It also crosses Eagle, Hazel, Forney, Noland and Big Creeks in the Smokies, along with Fontana Dam and the Oconaluftee River.

Border Route Trail

The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile (105 km) long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the far northeast corner of Minnesota (Arrowhead) and follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. It connects with the Superior Hiking Trail on its eastern terminus and with the Kekekabic Trail on its western end at the Gunflint Trail (Cook Cty. Road 12). In addition to the eastern and western termini, the Border Route Trail can be accessed through several spur and connecting trails, allowing for hiking trips ranging from short day-hikes to multiday backpacking expeditions.

The Border Route Trail Association was incorporated in 2004 to coordinate the maintenance and increase public awareness of the trail. The National Park Service is pursuing a re-route in northern Minnesota which will include the Border Route Trail into the North Country Trail.

The trail was planned and built in the early 1970s by the Minnesota Rovers Outing Club with the help of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service. It was the first long-distance, wilderness backpacking and hiking trail in Minnesota planned and constructed by volunteers.

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is a Texas state park located along the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado in Briscoe County, Texas, United States, approximately 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Amarillo. The state park opened in 1982 and is 15,314 acres (6,197 ha) in size, making it the third-largest state park in Texas.

Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail running for 486 miles (782 km) from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271 feet (4,045 m) above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000 feet (3,000 m). Despite its high elevation, the trail often dips below the alpine timberline to provide refuge from the exposed, storm-prone regions above.

The Colorado Trail was built and is currently maintained by the non-profit Colorado Trail Foundation and the United States Forest Service, and was connected in 1987.

Conestoga Trail

The Conestoga Trail System is an orange-blazed hiking trail that stretches 63 miles (101 km) through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The trail begins in the Furnace Hills about 16 miles (26 km) north of the city of Lancaster, where it intersects the Horse-Shoe Trail. It then winds its way south along various creeks through central Lancaster and County Central Park. From there it turns southwest to pass through the scenic and rather challenging river hills before crossing the Susquehanna River to reach the Mason-Dixon Trail in York County.

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail (CDT)) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Pass (near Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages.) The trail is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads and considered 70% complete. Portions designated as uncompleted must be traveled by roadwalking on dirt or paved roads. This trail can be continued north into Canada to Kakwa Lake north of Jasper National Park by the Great Divide Trail.

The Continental Divide Trail, along with the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, form what thru-hiker enthusiasts have termed the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.

Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a 106-mile (171 km), paved rail trail in development in the Florida Keys. The completed trail will connect Key Largo to Key West, allowing travel through the Keys separate from U.S. Highway 1. It has been made part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3000-mile system of trails connecting Maine to Florida, forming its southernmost portion.

The trail incorporates most of the railbed of the former Overseas Railroad built by the Florida East Coast Railway. Rail service began in 1911; the effects of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane

ended service that year.Once fully completed, the trail will be a world-class, multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facility that will traverse the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. The trail will include an integrated system of educational kiosks, roadside picnic areas, scenic overlooks, fishing piers, water access points, and bicycle and jogging paths. The development of the trail will provide a mechanism for the preservation and use of the historic Flagler Railroad Bridges, 23 of which still exist and are mostly intact. Several alternatives exist for trail alignment, including cutting down the 22-foot-wide (6.7 m), 1940s-era roadway to its original 12-foot (3.7 m) spandrel width, or using the 22-foot-wide (6.7 m) roadway as is, particularly in multi-use areas. In all cases, original bridgework will be repaired or rebuilt, and the breaks created during the 1980s and 1990s fishing pier conversion will be reconnected. Where the original roadway no longer exists, the trail will be temporarily cantilevered on the side of the current US 1 highway bridge, until new 12-foot-wide (3.7 m) trail bridge sections can be built. The new sections will be built to match the historical character of the original bridges.

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2004.

George S. Mickelson Trail

The George S. Mickelson Trail is a rail trail in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

The main trail route extends 108.8 miles (175.1 km), from Edgemont to Deadwood, with approximately nine miles of additional branch trails, including a three-mile (5 km) paved link from Custer to the Custer State Park completed in 2007. Intermediate points along the route include the towns of Custer and Hill City, and a short branch provides access to the city of Lead.

Nearly all of the trail follows the route of an abandoned railroad branch line constructed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1890-91 and last operated by the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1986. The trail's route is mountainous, forested, and scenic, traversing the heart of the Black Hills and largely within the boundaries of the Black Hills National Forest, although there are parts of the trail that pass through privately owned land, where trail use is restricted to the trail only. The trail alignment includes four tunnels and more than 100 converted railroad bridges. There are fifteen established trailheads spaced along the route, all of which include vehicle parking, self-sale trail pass stations, vault toilets, and tables. The trail surface is packed crushed limestone and gravel.The trail is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. The first segment of the trail was opened in 1991, and the entire route was completed in 1998, and is the first rails to trails project in South Dakota. The trail is named after George S. Mickelson, the South Dakota governor who helped spearhead the project.

Greenbrier River Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail (GRT), is a linear state park comprising a 77.1-mile (124.1 km) rail trail between North Caldwell and Cass in eastern West Virginia.The GRT route and its contours were originally engineered by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, serving as a passenger and freight line before becoming unviable after the Great Depression. The right of way was gifted to the State of West Virginia in the late 1970s and the former railbed reopened in 1980 as a recreational multi-use trail.

The wheelchair-accessible trail features a hard-packed crushed-limestone surface accommodating hiking, bicycling, ski-touring and horseback-riding. Access is provided at 14 trailheads. The route features 16 primitive campsites (several with three-sided camping shelters) and 50 to 60 picnic tables along its length — and passes next to three state parks and two state forests. As it follows the Greenbrier River, the trail drops 732 feet (223 m) (north to south) along its route, crossing 35 trestles and traversing two tunnels — Droop Mountain Tunnel with a length of 409 feet (125 m) and Sharps Tunnel with a length of 500 feet (150 m).In 1999, the GRT was one of 50 trails in the United States designated a Millennium Legacy Trail. In 2012, the trail was elected to the National Rail Trail Hall of Fame and was named by Backpacker magazine as "one of the Top 10 hiking trails in the United States."

Long Trail

The Long Trail is a hiking trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. The club remains the primary organization responsible for the trail, and is recognized by the state legislature as "the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector" of the Long Trail System.

Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail

The Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail (also known as the Michigan Riding and Hiking Trail) is a 220-mile-long (350 km) trail that runs between Empire on Lake Michigan and Oscoda on Lake Huron across the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. It is open to horseback riders and hikers but not bicycles.

The trail's western end is located within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The trail, going from west to east, travels through the Boardman River valley and follows the Au Sable River for about 50 miles (80 km). The trail was developed by trail riders in 1962 and travels through mixed hardwood and conifer forests. Public campgrounds are located throughout the route.

Michigan has many other important and scenic trails. Chief among them is the North Country National Scenic Trail.

North Country Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail, generally known as the North Country Trail or simply the N.C.T., is a footpath stretching approximately 4,600 miles (7,400 km) from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota in the United States. Passing through the seven states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, it is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails authorized by Congress. As of early 2019, 3,129 miles (5,036 km) of the trail is in place.The NCT is administered by the National Park Service, managed by federal, state, and local agencies, and built and maintained primarily by the volunteers of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) and its partners. The 28 chapters of the NCTA, its 3,200+ members and each affiliate organization have assumed responsibility for trail construction and maintenance of a specific section of the NCT.

San Francisco Bay Trail

The San Francisco Bay Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail that when finished will allow continuous travel around the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. As of 2019, 356 miles (573 km) of the trail have been completed. When finished, the trail will be over 500 miles (800 km) of paved and gravel paths, bike lanes, and sidewalks, linking 47 cities across nine counties and crossing seven toll bridges. It is a project of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in collaboration with other agencies, private companies, non-profit organizations, and advocacy groups.

The trail is intended to provide recreation for hikers and bicyclists, viewpoints for wildlife, space for environmental education, and corridors for bicycle transportation as well as access to historic, natural and cultural sites, including over 130 parks.

Sheltowee Trace Trail

The Sheltowee Trace Trail is a 323-mile (519.82 km) National Recreation Trail that was created in 1979 and stretches from the Burnt Mill Bridge Trail Head in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Tennessee to northern Rowan County, Kentucky. The trail is named after Daniel Boone, who was given the name Sheltowee (meaning "Big Turtle") when he was adopted as the son of the great warrior Chief Blackfish of the Shawnee tribe.The trail is primarily in the Daniel Boone National Forest, but also takes visitors through the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Natural Bridge State Resort Park, two large recreation lakes (Cave Run Lake and Laurel Lake), and many wildlife management areas. All but the southernmost 45 miles (72.42 km) are in Kentucky.

The trail is multi-use with certain sections, allowing horses, mountain bikes and all-terrain vehicless in some designated sections. Using off-road motorcycles, SUVs, 4x4, ATVs and even mountain bikes in certain areas can result in equipment confiscation and fines.

While the southern terminus was moved in 2014, the trail into Pickett State Park remains open for those that wish to exit on that trail or wish to walk further down the scenic Rock Creek.

Superior Hiking Trail

The Superior Hiking Trail, also known as the SHT, is a 310-mile (499 km) long footpath in northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. The path is 18 inches (46 cm) wide and is set in the middle of a 4-foot (1.2 m) clearing. The footpath travels through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir, and cedar. Hikers enjoy views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The lowest point in the path is 602 feet (183 m) above sea level and the highest point is 1,829 feet (558 m) above sea level. The footpath is intended for hiking only. Motorized vehicles, mountain bikes, and horses are not allowed on the trail. Many people use the footpath for long-distance hiking. Facilitating this purpose are 93 backcountry, fee-free campsites.

Tunnel Hill State Trail

The Tunnel Hill State Trail is a bicycle trail running from Eldorado to Karnak, Illinois. The trail runs along the former bed of a part of the Cairo and Vincennes Railroad, a transportation unit led during its early years by Civil War General Ambrose Burnside. The Cairo & Vincennes became a branch line of the Southern Railway before its trail section shut down in the late 1900s.

The northeast end of the trail is in Eldorado, on Trolley Road just north of U.S. Route 45. (37°48′10.5″N 88°27′25.0″W). The southwest end of the trail is west of Karnak just off Illinois Route 37 (37°18′41.4″N 89°1′4.0″W).

The trail connects to several trails including the River to River Trail; the Illinois southern route of the American Discovery Trail; the U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (part of the TransAmerica Bike Route); and the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.The trail is 45 miles (72 km) long. The trail is suitable for both hiking and bicycling. The trail surface is crushed limestone. During the summer, the surface is hard packed and easily ridden on a road bicycle. However, at other times of the year, the trail may be soft and is better navigated on a mountain bike or hybrid.

Parking is available at several locations. However, full services (restaurants, lodging, groceries) are only available in Harrisburg and Vienna. There are limited services elsewhere along the trail.

Tuscarora Trail

The 252-mile (406 km) Tuscarora Trail is a long distance trail in the Ridge and Valley Appalachians that passes through the US states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In the south, the Tuscarora begins at a junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT) near Mathews Arm Campground, 0.4-mile (0.64 km) south of the AT's crossing of Skyline Drive at MP 21.1 in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. In the north, it rejoins the Appalachian Trail at the top of Blue Mountain just west of the Susquehanna River and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, creating a 435 mi (700.1 km) circuit known as the Tuscalachian Loop. The Tuscarora Trail was built as an alternative parallel route for the Appalachian Trail. It was built farther west, in a more wild corridor, because it was feared that development would force closure of the AT, before passage of the National Scenic Trails Act of 1968.

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail

The Waterloo-Pinckney Trail is a 36-mile-long hiking trail which runs through Waterloo State Recreation Area and Pinckney Recreation Area in southeastern Michigan, United States. Part of the trail also passes through Park Lyndon County Park. The trail travels through glacial features such as eskers and kettle lakes as well as swamps and open meadows remaining from abandoned farmlands. Forest types include oak and pine. The trail tops out at 1,128 feet (344 m) on Sackrider Hill, 208 feet (63 m) above surroundings, the largest elevation gain. Other hills and ridges give 50-to-150-foot (15 to 46 m) rises. The trail is blazed with blue triangles and at some points shares trails with the Potawatomi Trail and the nature trails around the Eddy Discovery Center. Part of the trail is open to mountain biking and horseriding and hunting is allowed in most areas along the trail. The trail has several nearby campgrounds allowing it to be hiked as a 2, 3 or 4 day trip. Side trails to the campgrounds make the entire trip 38.5 miles (62.0 km).

The trail was first developed in the 1960s and the last link across the county park was completed in 1986.

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