Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Happy Anniversary to the National Scenic Trails Act

On October 2, 1968, America was given a gift – the creation and protection of some of Americans’ favorite places to discover the great outdoors and our nation’s history. The first two trails to be designated were the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Soon nine more trails joined the party. In the mood to […]

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American Trails is a non-profit dedicated to building and protecting trails. Their searchable database helps you find trails in the USA (by state), as well as Canada and 30 other countries. If you’re looking for a place to hike, it’s a great place to start. Resources available include An online database of over 1,000 National Recreation […]

Happy 50th Birthday to the National Trails System


In 1968, the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail were established as the nation’s first National Scenic Trails in the National Trails System Act of 1968. The purpose of the legislation was stated in the opening paragraph of the act: In order to provide for the ever-increasing outdoor recreation needs of an expanding population and […]