International Trails and Related Organizations


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United States

ADVENTURE SPORTS
       
Information on wilderness, medical and survival schools, wildflower bloom hotspots, and lots more. A good general starting point.

AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY

APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY

A volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. Works with the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Park Office, 30 maintaining clubs and multiple other partners.

 

APPALACHIAN TRAIL HOMEPAGE

A personal webpage on the Appalachian Trail.

THE BACKPACKER
       
A link to the home page of The Backpacker. Take a look at some articles and get information on gear, destinations, etc. Also be sure to check out "Trail Talk" for new trail information.

BACKPACKING.ABOUT.COM
        Backpacking basics, clubs, footwear, books, gourmet trailfood and more!

CALIFORNIA HIKING, A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION
Check out this collection of cyber hikes from all across California. Includes maps, pictures, and trail descriptions.

CICERONE GUIDES
        Books for the great outdoors: walking, trekking, adventure, mountaineering, mountain biking.

DMOZ HIKING TRAIL DIRECTORY

FINGER LAKES TRAIL CONFERENCE

The main FLT extends 562.9 miles from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Branch and loop trails currently total 236.0 miles. The FLT System has been and is being built and maintained by 20 organizational and 38 individual and family trail sponsors. All of these groups and individuals are volunteers, except for personnel of the U.S. Forest Service who maintain the 12-mile-long Interloken Trail, one of the FLT System's branch trails. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Inc., (FLTC) was organized in 1962 to promote and coordinate the building, maintenance, and protection of the FLT System. The trail system of over 875 miles is located almost equally on private and public land. There are currently over 450 private landowners who allow the trail to be on their land. Several sections of the main FLT have been certified by the National Park Service as official components of the North Country National Scenic Trail. When completed, the North Country Trail will extend 4,600 miles across seven states between eastern New York to central North Dakota.

HAWAII FOREST AND TRAIL, UNITED STATES
A look at the Hawaii Forest and Trail including information on Nature and Bird watching tours.

NATIONAL OREGON/CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER The Oregon/California Trail Center page provides information about the center including recreational information on accommodations, events, and other recreation hot spots.

THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, UNITED STATES

An excellent site providing information on all of the trails found in National parks. It also includes information on long distance trails.

THE NATIONAL TRAIL SYSTEM
        An interview with Steve Elkinton, Program Leader for the National Trails System. Includes links to various portions of the trail including Appalachian, Potomac Heritage, Lewis and Clark and the Pony Express.

NORTH AMERICAN WATER TRAILS INC. Their mission: "We promote, encourage, and support the establishment of recreational waterways on North American interior and coastal waters". This link is to a website that lists the water trails in the United States for which there is online information available. (At the time of this update, the official site www.watertrails.org is not running.)

THE OREGON TRAIL, UNITED STATES
        This site gives readers a chance to learn more about the Oregon Trail and its historical importance.

OUT THERE BACKPACKING
        A site that gives you information on various backpacking opportunities.

RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Links to many diverse trail websites based in the U.S, including fitness, trail locations, as well as outlining the services they provide to the trail user community.

USPARKS.ABOUT.COM
       
Site features park trivia, weather info, statistics, maps, and more about US/Can. Parks.

WEST VIRGINIA RAILS-TO-TRAILS COUNCIL, TRAIL LINKS, UNITED STATES
        This site has numerous links to rail-trails in the United States, Canada in addition to other international rail-trails.

WEST VIRGINIA TRAILS ON LINE
        This site provides the use with an opportunity to search for different types of trails in West Virginia in addition to providing links to trail news and events, resources and updates.


Europe

THE EMERALD TRAIL, IRISH CYCLE TOURS
This page provides details on the dates and rates of tours as well as a description of what the cycling tours involve.

EUROPEAN LONG DISTANCE PATHS
A great page which provides maps with the length and details of various long distance trails across Europe.

FEDERACION ARAGONESES DE MONTANA, SPAIN - examples of trails and signage.

HIKING LINKS
This page includes links to various trail pages in Europe and across the globe.

LEBANON TRAILS
This link provides access to guide book for outdoor Lebanon experiences, ranging from hiking, cycling and camping to water activities such as rafting.

NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK
This network offers 5000 miles of continuous routes, including traffic-free and traffic-calmed sections, and minor    roads. The routes run right through urban centres and reach all parts of the UK.

NATURAL ENGLAND
This site provides information and maps of over 1000 walks in England. There is a search tool so you can look for information on specific regions and trails.

 

OPEN SPACES SOCIETY

Protects common land and promotes public rights of way in the UK.

 

ORDNANCE SURVEY

The national mapping agency in Great Britain, internationally renowned in its field, especially for its high level of activity and accessibility.

PEAK TO PEAK
Links to trails and wilderness areas across the world.

PEMBROKE COAST TRAIL, UNITED KINGDOM
This page provides information of the many trails along the Pembrokshire Coastal path as well as links to other British trails.

PENNINE WAY, UNITED KINGDOM
The web page of the Pennine Way provides information on accommodations and services, landscape features of the trail as well as some basic information on England's most well-known trail.

PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE INITIATIVE

Provides communication forums and consulting services on international conservation issues. Based out of the England.

THE RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION Site and magazine promoting walking, natural and cultural heritage events in Scotland Wales.

SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
Britian's longest National Trail, running from Minehead in Somerset to South Haven near Poole Dorset.

TRAILS IN ARAGON, SPAIN

TRAILS IN SPAIN

UK COUNTRYSIDE AGENCY WEB SITE
        This site provides information and maps of over 1000 walks in England. The Countryside Agency is the new name for what was called the Countryside Commission of the UK.


Global

GORP-GREAT OUTDOOR RECREATION PAGES
        The Starting place for general information on all outdoor activities.

THE GREAT GLEN WAY
        New Long Distance Route in Scotland, U.K. 73 miles/117 km in length. For beginners and more experienced. The route has historical sites to enjoy along the way. Sections open to mountain bikers, hikers and boaters.

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BICYCLING ASSOCIATION

The home page of the IMBA.  Includes information on new events, trail issues and the organization itself. A great site for mountain bike enthusiasts and those wanting to know more about this popular trail activity.

KLASERIE LOWVELD WILDERNESS TRAIL, AFRICA
        A 4-5 day trail located in the Klaserie Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga on the border of Kruger National Park. This site provides some more information on the trail and information on fares.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL REVIEWS
         Provides reviews of several trails in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL SOURCE - GLOBAL
        This is an excellent source for discovering mountain bike trails all over the world. Just click on the section of the world you are interested in to get information    on bike trails in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. 1000 trails and 50 countries are included.

SENDEROS PROTEGE
        A guide to the development the National Trail System in Chile.


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Last updated by Sarah Gauntlett, January 22, 2007.