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Status of the Nationwide Digital Trails Dataset

June 3, 2021

Since the last newsletter, the USGS has added trails data from three states. The nationwide digital trails dataset is now up to 282,074 miles!  

Since the last newsletter we added trails data from North Carolina State Parks (625 miles),  VT Center for Geographic Information (8,639 miles), and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (1,330 miles).  The nationwide digital trails dataset is now up to 282,074 miles thanks to our state partners!  The dataset includes trails from four federal agencies, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and 35 states. The four federal agencies include Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service. The table below details current state data contributors. Visit Trails Explorer to see the most current trails dataset.  

NOTE: If you manage an authoritative public domain trail dataset that you think should be included in the nationwide dataset, please contact


USGS Nationwide trails database
The image above shows nationwide distribution of USGS trails data received from over 35 state agencies. The trails that are in the USGS dataset are displayed in yellow.  States that have contributed trails data are displayed in black and states with no trails data in the USGS dataset are displayed in gray.
National Trails Datasets
A national map displays distribution of USGS trails data received from state sources.
State trail contributors chart
State Trail Contributors to USGS Nationwide Trails Database.

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