Long-distance trails in the United States

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The following is a list of long-distance trails in the United States:

Name Length Region Endpoint 1 Endpoint 2 Description
mi km
Allegheny Trail 330 530 West Virginia Appalachian Trail Mason–Dixon line mostly in West Virginia through the Appalachians and Allegheny Mountains
American Discovery Trail 5,000 8,000 Coast-to-coast Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean Point Reyes National Seashore, California on the Pacific Ocean passes through Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California. Quoted 6800 miles includes an additional 1800 miles of alternate routes, including bike routes.
Appalachian Trail 2,186 3,518 Appalachian Mountains Georgia Maine passes through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire
Arizona Trail 790 1,270 Arizona mountains and canyons Mexico Utah Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Art Loeb Trail 30.1 48.4 Pisgah National Forest Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp Davidson River Campground Transverses the Pisgah Ranger District from North to South, and passes through the Shining Rock Wilderness.
Backbone Trail 68 109 Santa Monica Mountains NW of Los Angeles, California Point Mugu State Park Will Rogers State Historic Park traverses Santa Monica Mountains, limited overnight capacity
Bartram Trail 153 246 southeast mountains Chattooga River Cheoah Bald connects to the Appalachian and Foothills Trails; traverses Georgia and North Carolina
Batona Trail 49.5 79.7 New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Ong's Hat Bass River State Forest Passes through three state parks in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Bay Area Ridge Trail 500 800 San Francisco Bay Area circles San Francisco Bay; under development
Bay Circuit Trail 200 320 Massachusetts Newbury Kingston under construction; will circumnavigate Massachusetts Bay
Benton MacKaye Trail 300 480 southeast mountains Springer Mountain in Georgia Davenport Gap[1] at the northeast end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park connects from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail; traverses Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Both endpoints meet with the Appalachian Trail. Together, the two trails form a figure-8 loop.
Bigfoot Trail 400 640 northwest California Klamath Mountains of northwest California Redwood National Park traverses Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness; under development
Bonneville Shoreline Trail 90 140 Utah circles ancient Lake Bonneville
Border Route Trail 65 105 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Follows the ridgeline above the chain of lakes along the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada and is known for its dramatic vistas.
Buckeye Trail 1,444 2,324 Ohio Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State Park Eden Park in Cincinnati circles Ohio; many scenic locations, such as the Hocking Hills region and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; passes through many small historical towns, shares path with American Discovery Trail and North Country Trail
California Coastal Trail 1,200 1,900 California Oregon Mexico more than half complete as of June 2012; within sight, sound, or at least the scent of the sea
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 68 109 Texas South Plains Terminal MM Estelline Terminal MM A rail trail 100 miles (160 km) southest[clarification needed] of Amarillo, Texas.
Catamount Trail 300 480 Vermont Readsboro, Vermont Canadian border in North Troy, Vermont A cross-country skiing trail which crosses the state of Vermont. Parts of the trail are only open in the winter.
Conestoga Trail 63 101 Horse-Shoe Trail Mason-Dixon Trail Lancaster County, Pennsylvania A trail that stretches across Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Centennial Trail 111 179 South Dakota Black Hills National Forest South Dakota
Chief Ladiga Trail 33 53 Alabama Georgia state line Weaver Alabama's longest rails-to-trails project, at the state line it turns into Georgia's Silver Comet Trail
Chilkoot Trail 33 53 Yukon Dyea, Alaska Bennett, British Columbia international historical trail; late 1890s major access route between the coast and Yukon goldfields
C&O Canal Trail 184.5 296.9 Maryland Cumberland Washington, DC trail is the old towpath for the abandoned Chesapeake and Ohio Canal along the Potomac River
Coast to Crest Trail 70 110 California Pacific Ocean at Del Mar Volcan Mountains near Julian The main east-west trail of the San Dieguito River Park, the trail follows the San Dieguito River from the ocean to the river's source. As of 2015, 45 of the planned 70 miles of trail have been completed.[2][3]
Cohos Trail 162 261 northeastern New Hampshire Notchland, near Crawford Notch State Park Canadian border at the southern edge of Quebec
Condor Trail 400 640 California Los Padres National Forest, ROUTE, under development
Colorado Trail 483 777 central Colorado Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver Durango completed in 1987; highest point 13,334 ft (4,064 m); most above 10,000 ft (3,000 m); often dips below the alpine timberline
Cowboy Trail 195 314 northern Nebraska Norfolk, Nebraska Valentine, Nebraska started in 1996, a multi-use rail trail. 321 miles (517 km) of former rail right-of-way, if completed may create the longest rail trail.
Continental Divide Trail 3,100 5,000 Rocky Mountains Mexico Canada along highest ridge; 70% complete as of 2007; crosses Triple Divide Peak
Cranberry Lake 50 50 80 New York circles the shores of Cranberry Lake in the northwestern region of the Adirondack Park
Cumberland Trail 175 282 Tennessee trail along the Cumberland Plateau
Des Plaines River Trail 55 89 Northern Illinois Wisconsin state line North Avenue in Melrose Park, Chicago short stretches incomplete
Desert Trail 2,223 3,578 Desert and mountains of the West Jacumba, California Snowy Top, Canada border Traverses the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, the Black Rock Desert, Pueblo Mountains, Blue Mountains, Columbia Plateau, and Selkirk Mountains.
Duncan Ridge Trail 35.5 57.1 Chattahoochee National Forest Appalachian & Benton MacKaye Trails at Three Forks Appalachian Trail at Slaughter Mountain A National Recreation Trail which forms a 60-mile (97 km) loop in combination with the Appalachian Trail.
East Coast Greenway 3,000 4,800 eastern U.S. Calais, Maine Key West, Florida 29% complete as of 2013
Eastern Continental Trail 5,400 8,700 eastern U.S. Key West, Florida Belle Isle, Newfoundland mountain route to Labrador, Canada
Erie Canalway Trail 360 580 New York Buffalo, New York Albany, New York 77% Complete as of 2014[4]
Finger Lakes Trail 557.7 897.5 New York Catskills Western New York Footpath: Main Trail from Allegany State Park to Catskills plus additional six branch trails. Traverses NYS along southern counties. Est. 1962
Florida Trail 1,400 2,300 Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore Big Cypress National Preserve
Foothills Trail 76 122 Appalachian foothills Table Rock State Park Oconee State Park Follows the Blue Ridge Escarpment in South Carolina, and partly in North Carolina.
Fox River Trail (Illinois) 44 71 Northern Illinois Algonquin, Illinois Oswego, Illinois
Fox River State Recreational Trail 26.3 42.3 NE Wisconsin downtown Green Bay Hilbert northern 12 miles (19 km) paved, southern 14 miles (23 km) gravel
Gandy Dancer Trail 98 158 Wisconsin
George S. Mickelson Trail 108.8 175.1 South Dakota within the Black Hills
Ghost Town Trail 36 58 Western Pennsylvania Ebensburg, Pennsylvania Black Lick, Indiana County A National Recreation Trail in Western Pennsylvania.
Grand Enchantment Trail 730 1,170 southwest desert Phoenix, Arizona Albuquerque, New Mexico east-west mostly wilderness trail
Great Allegheny Passage 150 240 northeast A rail trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Great Eastern Trail 1,600 2,600 approx. eastern U.S. New York Alabama in development with portions open
Great River Trail 60 97 Northern Illinois Rock Island, Illinois Savanna, Illinois in development with most open
Great Western Trail 4,455 7,170 western Rockies Canada Mexico passes through Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
Great Western Trail (Illinois) 92 148 Illinois, Iowa mostly rails to trails conversion
Great Western Loop 6,875 11,064 Western United States Grand Canyon Grand Canyon loop of the U.S. west combining the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and other trails.[5]
Green Bay Trail-Robert McClory Trail-Kenosha County Bike Path 36 58 Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Wilmette, Illinois Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Greenstone Ridge Trail 40 64 Isle Royale National Park Windigo Ranger Station Rock Harbor, Michigan Backbone trail of Isle Royale
Hayduke Trail 812 1,307 Utah and Arizona route in Utah and Arizona, linking Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks
Hennepin Canal Parkway 105 169 Northern Illinois Bureau Junction, Illinois Colona, Illinois
High Line Canal 58 93 Colorado trail along the High Line Canal waterway from Waterton Canyon through metropolitan Denver, Colorado
Highlands Trail 162.7 261.8 New York + New Jersey Storm King Mountain Delaware Water Gap [1]
High Country Pathway 72 116 Michigan Loop through the Pigeon River Country State Forest near Vanderbilt, Michigan
High Sierra Trail 61.5 99.0 California Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park Mount Whitney
Horse Shoe Trail 140 230 southeastern Pennsylvania Valley Forge Appalachian Trail near Harrisburg
Ice Age Trail 1,200 1,900 approx. Wisconsin Potawatomi State Park Interstate Park generally follows end moraine of the last ice age
Idaho Centennial Trail 883 1,421 Idaho near Murphy Hot Springs Upper Priest Falls Traverses large wilderness areas
Iditarod Trail 1,025 1,650 Alaskan wilderness Seward Nome famous dog sledding race; route alternates each year
Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail 69 111 Northern Illinois Peru, Illinois Romeoville, Illinois
Illinois Prairie Path 61 98 Illinois Wheaton second of 27 new National Trails, consists of three radials
International Appalachian Trail 1,900 3,100 approx. northeastern North America Mount Katahdin, Maine Newfoundland from the northern terminus of Appalachian Trail; proposals pending to extend to Europe and North Africa
Iron Horse Regional Trail 40 64 San Francisco Bay Area Concord, California Pleasanton, California The completed Iron Horse Regional Trail will span the distance from Livermore to Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County, a distance of 55 miles, connecting two counties and 12 cities.
Iron Mountain Trail 58 93 approx. NE Tennessee and Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia Appalachian Trail at Cross Road Mountain, Tennessee North west of Fries, Virginia Transverses the Iron Mountains; most of the route was part of the Appalachian Trail prior to 1972. Many sections are open to bikes and equestrians.
John Muir Trail 211 340 California Sierra Nevada Yosemite Valley Mount Whitney
Jordan River Trail 40 64 Utah Great Salt Lake (U.S.) Utah Lake winds through city parks and residential areas, mostly paved; an unpaved extension continues another ~26 miles north
Katy Trail 240 390 Missouri crosses the state
Knobstone Trail 58 93 southern Indiana
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail 70 110 southwestern Pennsylvania trail in the Laurel Highlands area
Lone Star Hiking Trail 120 190 Texas Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston
Long Path 347.4 559.1 New York + New Jersey George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey Altamont, New York (Albany)
Long Trail 272 438 Vermont Massachusetts Canada A footpath in the Wilderness begun in 1910 and completed in the 1930s. The Long Trail spans the length of Vermont, following the spine of the Green Mountains. Typical hiking time is 2 to 4 weeks.
Lost Turkey Trail 26.3 42.3 Western Pennsylvania Somerset County, Pennsylvania Bedford County, Pennsylvania Trail spanning three counties in Western Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Trail 59.2 95.3 north central Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Route 87, 10 mi (16 km) north of Montoursville Meade Road, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from U.S. Route 220, just north of Laporte Hiking trail that runs parallel to Lycoming Creek. The trail is maintained by the Alpine Club of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Maah Daah Hey Trail 96 154 North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park the longest continuous single track mountain biking trail in America
Mark O. Hatfield Memorial Trail 60 97 Oregon Starvation Creek Multnomah Falls proposed in 2011, almost entirely in wilderness, course incompletely determined as of 2013, but expected to be on existing trails
Mason-Dixon Trail 190 310 Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail at Whiskey Springs, Pennsylvania Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Massanutten Trail 71 114 George Washington National Forest Large loop trail; National Recreation Trail.
Mattabesett Trail 57 92 south-central Connecticut
Metacomet-Monadnock Trail 114 183 New Hampshire Metacomet Trail on the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line Mount Monadnock
Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail 220 350 Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Huron
Midstate Trail (Massachusetts) 92 148 Massachusetts Worcester County, central Massachusetts
Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway 50 80 southwest New Hampshire Mount Monadnock Mount Sunapee
Mountains-to-Sea Trail 1,000 1,600 approx. North Carolina Clingman's Dome, Great Smoky Mountains Jockey's Ridge, Outer Banks about 530 miles (850 km) complete as of 2011; follows the Appalachian Trail for 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Natchez Trace Trail 440 710 southeastern U.S. Tennessee Mississippi disjoint trail; 62 miles (100 km) complete; not planned to be connected
New River Trail State Park 57 92 Southern Virginia Pulaski, Virginia Fries, Virginia & Galax, Virginia A rail trail, with three end points, following the New River and one of its tributaries.
North-South Trail 77 124 Rhode Island Blue Shutters Beach, Charlestown, Rhode Island Massachusetts border, Burrillville, Rhode Island A hiking trail that runs the length of Rhode Island from the Atlantic Ocean in Charlestown to the Massachusetts border in Burrillville, Rhode Island where it connects to the Mid-State Trail.
North Country Trail 4,600 7,400 northern United States Crown Point, New York Lake Sakakawea State Park, North Dakota A diverse footpath crossing the prairies of North Dakota; the Northwoods of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; rural farm country of southern Michigan and western Ohio; and the rugged Allegheny Plateau of eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York; and finally the Finger Lakes region and Adirondacks of New York.
Northeast Texas Trail 132 212 Texas Farmersville, Texas (NE of Dallas) New Boston, Texas incomplete rail to trail conversion which passes through seven rural Texas counties and 19 towns, mostly east-west. There are overgrown and illegally fenced off sections.[6][7][8]
Northville-Placid Trail 125 201 New York Northville Lake Placid north-south valley trail through the Adirondack State Preserve
OC&E Woods Line State Trail 105 169 Oregon Klamath Falls Thompson Reservoir a rail trail and Oregon State Park
Old Croton Trail 26.2 42.2 New York follows Old Croton Aqueduct
Olympic Discovery Trail 120 190 Washington state's Olympic Peninsula Port Townsend La Push about 40 miles (64 km) complete as of 2011 with the remainder traversable using public roads
Oregon Coast Trail 362 583 Oregon north Oregon coast at South Jetty Brookings entire Pacific coast of Oregon
Oregon Desert Trail 750 1,210 Oregon Oregon Badlands Wilderness Lake Owyhee State Park under development as of summer 2013, though no trail needs to be built: uses existing trails and public lands
Oregon Skyline Trail 428 689 Oregon Washington state California established in 1920, incorporated into Pacific Crest Trail in 1968; follows Cascades backbone
Ouachita National Recreation Trail 223 359 Arkansas and Oklahoma longest trail in Ouachita National Forest
Ozark Highlands Trail 218 351 Arkansas through the Ozark National Forest
Ozark Trail 350 560 approx. Missouri
Pacific Crest Trail 2,654 4,271 west coast Mexico Canada traverses Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range paralleling the Pacific Ocean in California, Oregon and Washington
Pacific Northwest Trail 1,200 1,900 Pacific Northwest Glacier National Park (U.S.) Cape Alava, Olympic National Park, Washington Designated a National Scenic Trail in 2009.
Palmetto Trail 425 684 South Carolina Charleston southern Appalachians 225 contiguous miles 362 km complete
Paumanok Path 125 201 Long Island, New York Rocky Point Montauk Point Only long distance trail in Long Island's Pine Barrens
Pennsylvania Mid State Trail 327 526 Pennsylvania Maryland New York traverses width of state
Pinhoti Trail 335 539 Alabama and Georgia Benton MacKaye Trail Flagg Mountain near Weogulfa, Alabama Connects the Appalachian Trail to the southernmost mountain of the Appalachian Mountain chain that is over 1,000 feet (300 m) in elevation.
Potomac Heritage Trail 830 1,340 mid-northeastern U.S. incomplete; within Potomac River basin
River to River Trail 126 203 Southern Illinois Ohio River Mississippi River Stretches through Shawnee National Forest. It forms part of the Southern Section of the American Discovery Trail.
Robert Frost Trail 47 76 Massachusetts Connecticut River Valley
Rock Island Trail 32 51 Central Illinois Peoria, Illinois Toulon, Illinois
San Diego Trans County Trail 160 260 California Salton Sea Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve The Salton Sea to Torrey Pines Beach; ROUTE – under development.[9]
San Francisco Bay Trail 500 800 San Francisco Bay Area encircles shoreline of San Francisco Bay; under development
San Joaquin River Trail 73 117 Central California Friant Dam to Devils Postpile in the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range; under development
Sheltowee Trace Trail 282 454 Kentucky Daniel Boone National Forest
Sierra High Route 195 314 California within Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Yosemite National Park
Silver Comet Trail 61.5 99.0 western Georgia a rails-to-trails project, at the state line it turns into Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail 29.5 47.5 California coastal mountains Pacific Ocean
Solitude Loop Trail 55.2 88.8 Wyoming Bighorn National Forest Wyoming loop trail beginning and ending at Coffeen Park Trail #592 parts run through the Cloud Peak Wilderness
Standing Stone Trail 71 114 Pennsylvania Greenwood Furnace State Park near McAlevys Fort, Pennsylvania Tuscarora Trail in Buchanan State Forest Connects the Mid State and Tuscarora Trails. Known as the Link Trail until 2007.
Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway 75 121 west central New Hampshire loop trail encircling the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region [2]
Superior Hiking Trail 296 476 Minnesota Jay Cooke State Park 270 Degree Overlook at the Canadian-U.S. Border follows north shore of Lake Superior
Susquehannock Trail System 85 137 north central Pennsylvania trail loop in the Susquehannock State Forest
Tahoe Rim Trail 165 266 California + Nevada loop trail surrounding Lake Tahoe
Tahoe-Yosemite Trail 180 290 California Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite Lake Tahoe
Tecumseh Trail 38.2 61.5 Indiana Morgan Monroe State Forest Monroe Reservoir
Theodore Solomons Trail 271 436 California Glacier Point Horseshoe Meadows parallel alternate to the John Muir Trail, laying lower and further west
Tuscarora Trail 252 406 Appalachians parallels Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
Timberline Trail 40.7 65.5 Oregon loops around Mount Hood, almost completely in wilderness
Trans-Catalina Trail 37.2 59.9 California Avalon Starlight Beach Traverses the length of Santa Catalina Island
Tunnel Hill State Trail 48 77 Southern Illinois Harrisburg, Illinois Karnak, Illinois
Uintas Highland Trail 120 190 Utah follows the mountain ridges including Utah's highest mountain King's Peak]]; wilderness
North Umpqua Trail 79 127 southern Oregon follows the Umpqua River; 11 segments mostly in undeveloped forest
Virginia Creeper Trail 35 56 Southwest Virginia Abingdon, Virginia Whitetop, Virginia near the Appalachian Trail; multi use rail trail
Virginia Highlands Horse Trail 67 108 Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Elk Garden New River Trail State Park Multi-use trail that crosses the Appalachian Trail as it transverses Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.
Wabash Cannonball Trail 63 101 Ohio Montpelier near Liberty, Ohio rail to trail conversion in northwestern Ohio; partially complete in 2012; two forks meet in Maumee[10]
Warrior Trail 67 108 Pennsylvania and West Virginia Monongahela River at Greensboro, Pennsylvania Ohio River south of Moundsville, West Virginia A hiking trail entirely on private property
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail 44.7 71.9 Northern Virginia Shirlington, Virginia Purcellville, Virginia A rail trail in Northern Virginia.
Wild Azalea Trail 31 50 Louisiana Woodworth, Louisiana Valentine Lake Recreation Area Biking and hiking trail through the Calcasieu Ranger District.
Willard Munger State Trail 63 101 Northern Minnesota Hinckley, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota A rail trail in Minnesota
West Rim Trail 30.5 49.1 north central Pennsylvania On Colton Road 0.5 miles (0.8 km) south of U.S. Route 6, near the village of Ansonia Pennsylvania Route 414, 1.8 miles (2.9 km) south of the village of Blackwell Long distance trail that follows the western edge of Pine Creek Gorge.
Wonderland Trail 93 150 Washington loop around Mount Rainier in Washington
Waterloo-Pinckney Trail 36 58 Michigan Lower Peninsula and the closest city is Chelsea, Michigan

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  1. ^ "Resupply Information". http://www.bmta.org/. Benton MacKaye Trail Association. Retrieved 15 August 2015. Mile 286.2, (TN Hwy 32/NC 284), Davenport Gap, AT Intersection, BMT Northern Terminus 
  2. ^ "Trails". San Dieguito River Park – Preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley. San Dieguito River Park. 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Regional Trails Plan: Coast to Crest Trail (San Dieguito River Park)" (PDF). County Trails Program, Community Trails Master Plan. County of San Diego, Community Trails Master Plan Trails Program. 24 June 2009. p. 138. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.ptny.org/pdfs/canalway_trail/CloseGaps/2013_Close_the_Gaps_Final_Report.pdf
  5. ^ "Great Western Loop". Andrew Skurka. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  6. ^ Joseph Pitchford (December 31, 2012). "Blazing the Northeast Texas Trail". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Trail Conditions". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Discover the Northeast Texas Trail – 130 mile Rails to Trails conversion ~ Dallas NW". Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Regional Trails Plan: Trans-County Trail" (PDF). County Trails Program, Community Trails Master Plan. County of San Diego, Community Trails Master Plan Trails Program. 24 June 2009. p. 144. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to". Wabash Cannonball Trail. 1994-03-24. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 

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