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Michigan Among 17 States to Receive New Recreation Trails

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MICHIGAN (WNEM/AP) -

Saturday is National Trails Day, and ahead of hundreds of planned events, the National Park Service is adding to opportunities for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities.

Michigan is one of 17 states to see a portion of nearly 375 miles of new recreation trails and will benefit from the addition of two trails.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement on Wednesday, May 30th.  

“By designating these new national trails, we acknowledge the efforts of local communities to provide outdoor recreational opportunities that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Zinke said.

The state’s two new trails are a 47-mile trail that connects Marquette to Republic in the Upper Peninsula and a 32-mile stretch in northern Lower-Michigan that will connect a handful of resort towns between Petoskey and Mackinaw City.

Both trails will be open year-round for a variety of uses.

California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Texas and Virginia are among the other states with new trail designations.

Each of the 19 new trails will be recognized by the Department of the Interior and receive new trail markers.

This year also marks the 50th year of the National Trails System.

The National Trails Act was signed into law in 1968 and since has paved the way for more than 1,000 miles of recreational trails throughout the country.

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