America’s National Trails System includes scenic, historic, and recreational trails for everyone to explore – discover just some of these fantastic trails and points of interest along their routes!Less
Established in 2000 for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of traditional Native Hawai'ian culture and natural resources, Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail takes visitors on a 175-mile journey. Traversing through hundreds of ancient settlement sites, including Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and over 200 ahupua'a (traditional land divisions), trail segments are managed by community-based, descendant-led teams.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,180-mile footpath that traverses 14 states from Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. Thru-hiking the trail is on many serious hiker's bucket list, but it also has great day hikes and campgrounds for hikers of all levels. Originally established by private citizens, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies, and thousands of volunteers.
Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s: the greatest mass migration in American history. The California National Historic Trail is over 5,000 miles long and covers portions of 10 states. Step into history along more than 1,000 miles of ruts and traces from travelers and their overland wagons.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail stretches across 3,000 miles and is America’s first national water trail. Discover places that commemorate the cultural traditions and histories of the region’s indigenous peoples and follow the route of Captain John Smith when he sailed the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers 400 years ago. Explore four visitor centers along the way, including the one in Historic Jamestowne which serves as the trail’s headquarters.
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail extends 2,580 miles and five states (in the U.S.) and thousands of miles in Mexico. Preserving the stories of the Spanish struggle to missionize American Indian nations, the growth of cattle ranching, and the movement for Texan independence and statehood, the trail features many museums, interpretative centers, and historic sites along its route, including San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail extends 404 miles between El Paso, Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Explore the complicated legacy of 300 years of conflict, cooperation, and cultural exchange between empires through museums, historic sites, and original trail segments along its route into Mexico, including Gutiarrez-Hubbell House, an adobe structure that dates back to the 1860s and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
During the Ice Age 15,000 years ago, much of North America laid under a huge glacier. Some of the strongest evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200-mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail traces the glacier's edge. Whether you are planning a thousand-mile journey or an afternoon hike, it is important to plan ahead and review a map before setting out.
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail captures the leadership and independent spirit of Captain Anza, who in 1776 led almost 300 people over 1,200 miles to settle in Alta California. Walk in the footsteps of these settlers from Arizona to California, and make sure to check out the exhibits in San Francisco’s Presidio, where the Spanish settlers built their garrison.
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. Connecting 16 states and many tribal lands, it follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.
Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the 1,300-mile route traveled by Mormons who fled Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1846-1847. There are many places of history and commemoration on the trail to visit, such as museums, interpretive centers, and historic sites.