30 Trails Designated in 25 States
On October 22, US Secretary of the Interior, David L Berhardt, announced that the Trump Administration expanded the National Trails System by adding 30 national recreation trails in 25 different states resulting in over 1,200 miles. In 2018, the White House had designated 49 trails and 370 miles resulting in over 1,600 accumulative miles throughout Trump's presidency.
In Secretary Berhardt's announcement, he expressed that he is encouraged by the expansion in trails as it increases Americans' availability to enjoy outdoor settings on public lands. Berhardt provided insight into the magnitude of the National Trails System by illuminating the fact that the trails system spans 83,000 miles, longer than the interstate highway system. Berhardt said, "The Trump Administration is committed to expanding public access to the outdoors, so more Americans have the opportunity and ability to experience it in all of its splendor."
The National Trails System Act of 1968 promotes greater public accessibility of trails in urban and rural settings. Stewart Udall, the United States Secretary of the Interior at the time, advocated for the system in saying, "A national trail is a gateway into nature's secret beauties, a portal to the past, a way into solitude and community. It is also an inroad to our national character. Our trails are both irresistible and indispensable.
Read the United States Department of the Interior's press release here:
The following trails were designated as National Recreation Trails:
Mohave Water Trail - Arizona and Nevada
Doug Ghee Accessible Trail (Bald Rock Boardwalk) - Alabama
Amboy Crater Trail - California
Scenic Loop Trail System at Staunton State Park - Colorado
Suwanee River Wilderness Trail - Florida and Georgia
Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County - Illinois