Mission Statement

America has 11 National Scenic Trails, but after 60 years only the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has a right-of-way set aside for posterity. The other 10 trails have gaps subject to closure and dangerous road-walks. Many have access problems. Hiking Trails for America (HTA) has been formed to support permanent protection and continuity for all National Scenic Trails and to educate the general public in the use of foot trails for walking, hiking and backpacking.

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This President’s Day, we recognize one of our favorites: President Theodore Roosevelt.

Theodore Roosevelt, often called "the conservation president," impacted the National Park System well beyond his term in office. He doubled the number of sites within the National Park system. As President from 1901 to 1909, he signed legislation establishing five new national parks: Crater Lake, Oregon; Wind Cave, South Dakota; Sullys Hill, North Dakota (later re-designated a game preserve); Mesa Verde, Colorado; and Platt, Oklahoma (now part of Chickasaw National Recreation Area). However another Roosevelt enactment had a broader effect: the Antiquities Act of June 8, 1906. The Antiquities Act enabled President Roosevelt and succeeding Presidents to proclaim historic landmarks, historic or prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest in federal ownership as national monuments.

Read more here: www.nps.gov/thrb/learn/historyculture/trandthenpsystem.htm
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Trails, trails and more trails!

Trail stories to celebrate 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Read here: www.wvgazettemail.com/life/travel/trail-stories-to-celebrate-th-anniversary-of-the-national-trail...
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Are you up for the challenge? The Arizona National Scenic Trail is perfect for skilled hikers looking for an epic experience.

Read about it here: www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/hiking/2018/01/22/arizona-trail-gila-river-canyons-passage...
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Good news! Our friends with the New England National Scenic Trail - NET have received approval to run the trail through the Whiting Reservoir and into Mount Tom. Previously, hikers would have to walk up Route 141 to get back on the trail.

More info here: www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2017/11/new_england_national_scenic_trail_winds_through_holyoke...

This is one small step toward our goal of closing all of the gaps in America's national scenic trails. Sign the petition here: hikingtrailsforamerica.org/sign-our-petition/
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There are events going on across the county to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts!

Check out the latest here: www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2018/02/03/blm-50th-anniversary-highlights-rivers-and-trails/...
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