The National Water Trails System continues to stream ahead



Here’s a list of those rivers currently included in the National Water Trails System and the approximate paddling mileage included as part of each designated trail. They are presented in alphabetical order.

  • Alabama Scenic River Trail (Alabama) = 631 miles
  • Bayou Teche Paddle Trail (Louisiana) = 135 miles
  • Black Canyon Water Trail (Arizona/Nevada) = 30 miles
  • Bronx River Blueway (New York) = 8 miles
  • Chattahoochee River National Water Trail (Georgia) = 48 miles
  • Hudson River Greenway (New York) = 256 miles
  • Huron River Water Trail (Michigan) = 104 miles
  • Kansas River Trail (Kansas) = 173 miles
  • Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail (Washington) = 371 miles
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Water Trail (Minnesota) = 76 miles
  • Mississippi River/Great River Water Trail (Illinois/Missouri) = 121 miles
  • Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail (South Dakota/Iowa) = 147 miles
  • Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trails (Georgia) = 120 miles
  • Red Rock Water Trail (Iowa) = 36 miles
  • Rock River Water Trail (Wisconsin/Illinois) = 330 miles
  • The Island Loop Group (Michigan) = 10.2 miles
  • Waccamaw River Blue Trail (South Carolina) = 100 miles
  • Willamette River Water Trail (Oregon) = 217 miles

TOTAL MILEAGE = 2,583.2 miles

Anyone who has ever read William Least-Heat Moon’s delightful travel narrative River-Horse, about his paddling and portaging the entire breadth of the United States, would find this ever-expanding water trail system an inspiring achievement. Everyone from weekend enthusiasts to lifetime adventure seekers should relish each time another stream is added to the system. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, our nation will be interconnected by an identified network of water trails that emulate the U.S. Bicycle Route System and the Interstate Highway System.


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