By Gary Lloyd
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson has been named one of 28 trails designated as a national recreation trail by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis.
The 28 trails adds almost 650 miles of trails to the National Trails System.
Three nature trails totaling 2.13 miles showcase the unique beauty of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, according to a press release. The paved Highland Trail provides walkers and bicyclists a moderate climb through the Highland Forest; the easy Boy Scout Trail takes hikers past some of the most scenic reaches along the banks of Turkey Creek; and the Thompson Trace offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing.
“From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the great outdoors,” Jewell said. “These 28 new national recreation trails, established through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, connect federal, state and local lands and waters to provide access to inexpensive, enjoyable outdoor activities for all Americans.”
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. Communities and other partners supporting the establishment of the new national recreation trails receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Jewell and a set of national recreation trail markers.
The national recreation trail program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and nonprofit partners, notably American Trails.
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