The U.S. Department of the Interior recently designated 41 trails as National Recreation Trails, adding almost 650 miles of trails to the National Trails System.
Spanning across 17 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors as part of a healthier lifestyle.
Several trails were designated in the Mid Atlantic region, including:
Catoctin Trail (Blue Trail) - Maryland
Barclay Farm Trails - New Jersey
Croft Farm Trails - New Jersey
Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail - Pennsylvania
Susquehanna River Water Trail (West Branch) - Pennsylvania
The announcement comes in advance of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, when hundreds of organized activities including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications will take place around the country.
The National Recreation Trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.
The new trails join a network of more than 1,100 previously designated trails that total more than 13,000 miles.
For more information, visit the national recreation trails website at: