Interior designates new routes on National Trails System

By Jennifer Yachnin | 05/31/2024 04:21 PM EDT

Secretary Deb Haaland added the 33.5 miles of recreation trails ahead of National Trails Day.

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Oregon.

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail in Oregon. Courtesy of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department/NPS

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Friday the incorporation of 33.5 miles of new recreational routes — used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-highway vehicles and river tubing — to the National Trails System.

The trails span public and private lands in Oregon, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

The Biden administration designated the trails ahead of the annual National Trails Day, an event organized by the American Hiking Society on the first Saturday in June since 1993.


“Increased access to green spaces nurtures our mind and bodies, and helps to build stronger communities. Every American deserves to have a safe and nearby place to experience nature,” Haaland said in a statement.