Happy Birthday National Trails System Act

I can’t let this go by unnoticed, so I’ve come out of blogging hibernation to celebrate a milestone. Today is the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System Act of 1968.

The act made possible a system of national trails, including National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails, and a series of connecting and side trails. Later, National Historic Trails were added to the system.

Most notably, the act formally established and promoted the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. The Continental Divide Trail was added about 10 years later.

There are some trails established by the act or later added to the system, like the Overmountain Victory Trail, that may never see completion. Mounting budget difficulties and encroaching development are to blame.

But overall, the act was a bold and lasting step to preserve and promote outdoor recreational opportunities and historic areas.

How often do we get a chance to celebrate something the federal government did that was done right? This is one.

 

Map of National Trails System

Map of National Trails System

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2 Responses to Happy Birthday National Trails System Act

  1. [...] what is left of it, is the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System Act of 1968. The act made possible a system of national trails, including National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails, and a [...]

  2. the traveler says:

    At least someone had their head on right 40 years ago. Don’t tell today’s politicians, they mat over turn it!

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