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National Forest System Trails

National Trails Strategy

The Forest Service’s national trail strategy inspires a different way of thinking and doing and lays-out 26 high-leverage actions that will move the agency toward a sustainable trail system achieved through collaborative stewardship with partners and volunteers

Panorama Trail

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona

Courtesy photo by Simon Cox


Heather Meadows Accessible Trail

Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

USDA photo

Oh-Be-Joyful Trail – Grand Mesa

Uncompahgre Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Courtesy photo by Devin Pool

Centennial Trail

Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

USDA photo by Beth Doten

Summit Trail

Dakota Prairie National Grassland

Courtesy photo by Curtis Glaseo

Find a Trail!

There are more than 158,000 miles of trails to hike, bike, ATV, ride horseback, snowmobile, snowshoe, and more.

A graphic showing total trail miles of 158,600, 60,300 miles or 30% motorized, 98,400 miles or 62% nonmotorized, 31,900 miles or 20% wilderness.

National Forest Visitor Map image

Check out our interactive visitor map to find great trails to explore.

America’s National Scenic, Historic, and Recreation Trails

There are 11 National Scenic Trails and 19 National Historic Trails— totaling more than 55,000 miles. The Forest Service serves as the lead agency for six national trails, in additional to managing portions of 16 other National Scenic and Historic Trails, and numerous National Recreation Trails. Learn more about National Trails.

Join an event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act in 2018!

A picture showing a person sitting a rocky hill overlooking a small valley with the sun on the horizon.

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) is a National Scenic Trail that extends 3,100 miles along the physical continental divide between Canada and Mexico. Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico. Courtesy photo by Francisco Miller.

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Tonto National Forest, Arizona. Courtesy photo by Alan Levine.

Get involved

If you want to lend a hand with your national trails, contact a forest near you, or visit our volunteer website.

Learn More:

  • Leave No Trace – is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. Balancing recreation access with good
  • Tread Lightly! - is a nonprofit focused on promoting recreation access through outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship.

For More Information

If you have questions or comments, please contact FS-Trail Management at

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