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The Razorback Greenway in Northwest Arkansas is one of nine new National Recreation Trails.
Razorback Greenway

From the lush, tree-covered peaks of the Ozark Mountains to the babbling Fox River in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois, the nation’s trail system just got a big upgrade: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has designated nine new national recreational trails spanning a total of 340 miles in nine states.

The new routes add to the existing US network of more than 1,300 national recreational trails located in every state, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

More broadly, the National Trail System, which includes recreational trails as well as historic and scenic trails, spans a total of 50,000 miles across the country. Created with the National Trail System Act in 1968, the network is intended to promote access to the outdoors “in both urban and rural settings for people of all ages, interests, abilities, and physical abilities,” according to the Park Service. Nationals.

“These trails offer a wealth of opportunities to experience our country’s stunning landscapes, while also supporting outdoor recreation and boosting local economies,” Haaland says in a statement.

If you’re looking for new destinations to explore, check out one of the additions:

Crown Zellerbach Trail in Scappoose and Vernonia, Oregon

The 22-mile Crown Zellerbach Trail, or Crown Z, is open to riders, runners, and walkers of all skill levels. Made mostly of gravel, the route follows the path of the historic Portland and Southwestern Railroad through the Columbia River wetlands and the Oregon Coast Range. It is lined with interpretive signs offering information on the human and natural history of the region.

Enterprise South Nature Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Enterprise South Nature Park includes 70 miles of trails through 2,800 acres of densely wooded forest. It is now the longest of the state’s national recreational trails, reports Hope McAlee for WATE-TV.

fabulous fox! Water Trail in Wisconsin and Illinois

This unique water trail along the Fox River invites kayakers, rafters, canoeists, and paddle boarders to explore 158 miles along southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. It offers more than 70 access points across a variety of landscapes.

Harris Greenway Trail in Gwinnett County, Georgia

This multi-use paved trail stretches for more than five miles and links two parks on the outskirts of Atlanta: Tribble Mill Park and Harbins Park. It is named for Lloyd N. Harris, who helped strengthen and expand the county’s public lands.

Iron Hills Trail System in Utah

Located on Bureau of Land Management land north of Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, the Iron Hills trail system is perfect for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding and other activities.

Old Highway 131 Trail in Kickapoo Valley Reserve, Wisconsin

This four-season trail is loved by cross-country skiers, snowshoes, bikers, hikers, and walkers alike. The state has already created a handy digital interpretive guide to learn more about the region.

Razorback Greenway in Northwest Arkansas

Stretching for 40 miles, the Razorback Greenway is an ideal starting point for exploring the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. It connects the cities of Fayetteville, Johnson, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, Bentonville, and Bella Vista, while providing access to museums, historic sites, entertainment venues, lakes, and local businesses.

Vernon Bush Garden Trail in Jackson County, Alabama

Located in Jackson County Park, the mile-long Vernon Bush Garden Trail is lined with thousands of plants, flowers, and trees, including hydrangeas, azaleas, and trilliums. It is named after volunteer Vernon Bush, who put in thousands of hours beautifying the park. Bush, who died in 2020 at age 83, would certainly be proud to be honored among that “elite group” of trailheads, says Steven Pereira, the county’s parks and recreation director, to the bama buzzIt’s Pat Byington.

Wilson Creek Trail in McKinney, Texas

With nearly ten scenic miles to explore, the Wilson Creek Texas Trail links Bonnie Wenk Park and Towne Lake Park. For adventurous four-legged friends, it also includes a special 0.44-mile dog course.

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