Cassandra Andrews, Press-Register
Mobile, AL — Dauphin Island’s Audubon Bird Sanctuary trail system, including beaches leading to historic Fort Gaines, was among 54 spots recently designated as national recreation trails by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
The official designation last week added almost 1,400 miles of trails to the National Trails System. Spanning 23 states, the land and water trails provide opportunities for communities to connect to the great outdoors, a spokesman said.
There were more than a dozen spots in Alabama that received the special designation. National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation.
Each of the new national recreation trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Salazar, and a set of trail markers.
“From Alabama to Alaska, these national recreation trails provide a gateway to outdoor recreation in both urban and rural areas,” Salazar said in a written statement. “I am proud to partner with communities across the nation to expand this extraordinary network of trails, allowing more Americans to enjoy the great outdoors.”
The national trail system has become so extensive that if all the trails were laid end to end they would cross the entire country more than four times, offering millions of Americans opportunities to bike, hike, paddle and spend time with their family and friends outdoors, officials said.
For the full article, including a list of the 54 trails, go to: http://blog.al.com/live/2012/06/post_199.html