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National Forest System Trails

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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. Learn more about the National Trails Strategy...

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National Crosscut and Chainsaw Program

Develop your advanced sawyer skills. Master the basics of crosscut and chainsaw use. Learn more about the Forest Service Saw Program...

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

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Check out the National Forest 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...

Hikers walking on a board walk of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The Florida National Scenic Trail highlights Florida’s most scenic, natural, and cultural resources along 1,300 miles of trail and is the nation’s only sub-tropical National Scenic Trail. Courtesy photo by Rachel Skeen.

A trail crew posing with a cross-cut saw on the Deschutes National Forest. Clearing a trail with a cross-cut saw. Deschutes National Forest, Oregon.

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.
  • Tread Lightly! - is a nonprofit focused on promoting recreation access through outdoor ethics to heighten individuals’ sense of good stewardship.
  • Forest Service Saw Program - manages use of crosscut and chainsaws on national forest system lands by forest service employees, volunteers, and partners.

For More Information

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