National Scenic Trails

There are 11 National Scenic Trails within the National Trails System. These trails are long-distance trails (more than 100 miles long) and are recreational in nature. Just as wonderful for a short day visit as a long-distance backpacking adventure, these trails call to all who want to explore America's natural landscapes.

 
 
McAfee Knob Photo Credit: Benjamin Hays

McAfee Knob
Photo Credit: Benjamin Hays

Appalachian trail

The Appalachian Trail travels for more than 2,100 miles from Springer Mountain, GA, to Mount Katahdin, ME. One of America's most iconic hiking trails, it was created with the passage of the original National Trails System Act of 1968. 

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Grand Canyon National Park Photo Credit: Chelsea Bodamer

Grand Canyon National Park
Photo Credit: Chelsea Bodamer

Arizona trail

The Arizona Trail travels approximately 800 miles from Mexico to the Arizona/Utah border. This trail is available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and even snow mobiling. 

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Yellowstone National Park Photo Credit: Warrior Expeditions

Yellowstone National Park
Photo Credit: Warrior Expeditions

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide Trail travels 3,100 along the Continental Divide from Mexico to the US/Canadian border where it terminates in Glacier National Park. This long-distance trail is now more than 70% complete.

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Pensacola Beach Photo Credit: Florida Trail Association

Pensacola Beach
Photo Credit: Florida Trail Association

Florida Trail

The Florida Trail makes its way from Big Cyprus National Preserve in southern Florida all the way up to the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the panhandle. No pricey tickets or standing in line at this Florida attraction!

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Photo Credit: Ice Age Trail Alliance

Photo Credit: Ice Age Trail Alliance

Ice Age Trail

Tracing the edge of the glacier that covered much of Wisconsin during the Ice Age, this 1,000+ mile trail travels from Sturgeon Bay, Door County, to St. Croix Falls, Polk County. These days of course, you're more likely to see a moose than a mammoth!

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Gordon House south of Nashville, TN Photo Credit: Marc Muench

Gordon House south of Nashville, TN
Photo Credit: Marc Muench

Natchez Trace Trail

A trail that weaves elements of the historic Natchez Trace with foot trail as well as a paved parkway, this trail is unique among the National Scenic Trails. This trail is steeped in history and is part of a trail used by early Native Americans.

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Guilford, CT Photo Credit: Teresa Gallagher (www.boxingthenet.blogspot.com) 

Guilford, CT
Photo Credit: Teresa Gallagher
(www.boxingthenet.blogspot.com) 

New England Trail

This trail meanders among through scenic New England areas and communities for 215 miles. Primarily comprised of the Metacomet-Monadnock-Mattabesett trail system, it is sometimes referred to as the Triple-M Trail. 

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Adirondack State Park Photo Credit: North Country Trail Association

Adirondack State Park
Photo Credit: North Country Trail Association

North Country Trail

Weaving through seven states from New York to North Dakota, the North Country Trail is the longest continuous trail in the US. Owning their northern heritage, supporters and volunteers of this trail proudly proclaim themselves, "red plaid nation!"

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Agnew Meadow Photo Credit: Aaron Doss

Agnew Meadow
Photo Credit: Aaron Doss

Pacific Crest Trail

Already an incredibly popular trail, the PCT was made even more famous in the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This gem travels from the US border with Mexico more than 2,600 miles to the US/Canada border. 

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Glacier National Park Photo Credit: Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Glacier National Park
Photo Credit: Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Pacific Northwest Trail

Wandering across the states of Montana, Idaho, and Washington, this 1,200 mile trail visits three National Parks and seven National Forests. Among the newest of National Scenic Trails, it was designated as such by Congress in 2009. 

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Photo Credit: NPS

Photo Credit: NPS

Potomac Heritage Trail

This land trail that shares a story with a waterway that helped shape our young nation travels for about 700 miles through Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. 

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