Active Trails

How We Help

Our national parks provide remarkable opportunities for outdoor recreation on more than 18,000 miles of land and water trails. The Active Trails program promotes healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing these precious land and water trail resources. This multi-faceted program offers many ways in which volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, students and educators can get involved with their national parks through hands on trail work, citizen science, formal and informal learning activities, special events and community activities.

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Success Story

  • Through NPF’s Active Trails program, Saguaro National Park’s “Pedals and Parks” program utilized creative methods to bring kids, youth, and their families to the park.  Located in Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro...



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Active Trails Grantees

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Through the park’s “Happy Hiking, Healthy Living” campaign, they will engage regional partners including libraries, volunteer clubs, and schools to offer a series of "Find Your Way to the Appalachian Trail" workshops.
Assateague Island National Seashore
“Assateague for Life” will help enhance community health and wellness opportunities through free recreation and lifestyle balance events and programs.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
“Small Boats, Big Canyon” will expand opportunities on the Bighorn Canyon Waterways trail for smaller boaters.
Booker T. Washington National Monument
“Healthy Parks Healthy People, Walk and Talk with Carilion” will offer a series of walks with Carilion Clinic health staff at the park.
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
“South Shore Shape Up” will offer a series of recreational opportunities on the park's trails, parade grounds, and waterfront for urban residents.
Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area
“Two Wheels Towards History: Discovering Historical Sites along Cane River Heritage Trail” will teach people about the park and its history through engaging, guided bike tours.
Buffalo National River
“Explore for Health” will connect underserved rural residents with Buffalo National River through a series of hikes, floats, and cave tours.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
“A TRACK Trail Guide to Connemara - Finding Your Way through Field, Farm, and Forest”
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Platt Trail Blazers II will invite and encourage visitors to use park trails for fitness and fun.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
“Riding through a Century of Aviation on the Aviation Bike Trail”
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
“Fourteen4Teens: Work, Hike, and Play at Your Park” will engage local underserved teens, encourage them to participate in trail crews, and invite them to help host special trail events.
Fort Stanwix National Monument
“The Walk with History” project will include a kick-off on National Trails Day, hike/fitness logs that track to historic activities, ranger walks, and a companion website/mobile app.
Gateway National Recreation Area
“Tu Parque! Tu Salud/Your Park! Your Health!” will engage teams of college interns each summer to deliver fun and heart healthy activities to thousands of visitors from the park's diverse, neighboring communities.
Grand Teton National Park
“The Teton Trails Challenge” will inspire a healthy community through incentive-based hiking experiences in Grand Teton National Park in partnership with St. John's Medical Center.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
“Connecting Trails with Community” will work with the town of Ganado to improve trails for visitor safety and recreation opportunities.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
“The Reach Higher Trail Challenge” will invite new hikers to burn calories and reach higher (on the trail) through a fun incentive program.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
“Improve Degraded Trail” will provide improved hiking opportunities for first-time and repeat park visitors including local community members, wounded veterans, Alaska Native and rural Alaskan youth, and the general public.
Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park
The 2014 Upper Valley High School Trail Corps will engage and train a team of girls to conduct trail work and learn vital life skills through teamwork and other outdoor activities.
Nez Perce National Historical Park
“Promoting Healthy Connections: The Nez Perce and Their Homeland Trail” will connect people with the Nez Perce story along trails passing through four states and 38 sites.
Olympic National Park
“Adventures in Your Big Backyard” partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula to offer a series of recreational adventures in Olympic National Park for the boys and girls enrolled in the summer camp program.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
“Hike to History, Bike to Battlefields” will create wayfinding materials to develop the Brownsville Historic Battlefield Trail and also a viable trail gateway to Palo Alto Battlefield.
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
Promoting “Healthy Parks, Healthy People,” this project will engage staff at the Burnett Medical Center and the Burnett County Department of Health and Human Services to create a series of prescriptive hikes and paddles to get people out and active on the trails.
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
“Bioluminescent Waterways” is a new 4-mile shoreline exploration of history, culture, and natural resources at Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Santa Monica Mountains' First Annual Recreation Festival will inspire urban visitors to discover recreation.
Sequoia National Park
“Trails to Tomorrow/Senderos al Mañana” is a project that consists of three weeks of service, learning, and recreation for underserved youth in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
“Moving Your Way to Fitness & Fun” will encourage visitors to log their trail fitness activities at kiosks and to eat from new healthy menu options at the park's concessionaires.
Kings Mountain National Military Park
“Huzzah for Hiking” will launch the Kings Mountain Hiking Club to promote healthy living among local communities.
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
“River Raisin Rx” will work with the Mercy Memorial Hospital System and the Monroe County Health Department to implement a wide range of land and water trail activities and special talks.
Rock Creek Park
“Rock Creek Park on the Move” is an interactive scorecard "game" that engages local residents in recreation, park stewardship, and health and wellness.


Active Trails” is made possible through the generous support of The Coca-Cola Foundation.