In honor of National Trails Day, June 7, 2014, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced four trails in the Gwinnett County park system as national recreation trails. They also chose 15 other hiking and biking trails and two water trails around the U.S., adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System.
Gwinnett’s four national trails are located in Harbins Park in the Dacula area, Little Mulberry Park in the Dacula area,McDaniel Farm Park in the Duluth area, and Settles Bridge Park in the Suwanee area. In total, Gwinnett’s four trails make up approximately 15 miles of the 452 newest miles in the trail system.
“This is an exciting time for parks and recreation in Gwinnett County,” said Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “I am so proud that all four trails named in Georgia this year are within our very own county parks system.”
The 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. Each of the new national recreation trails will receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Jewell and a set of trail markers.
“I appreciate all of the staff and volunteers who work so hard to make our trails system the best in the nation,” said Tina Fleming, Parks and Recreation Operations Division Director. “Our trails are wonderful features that offer residents the opportunity to invest in their personal wellness while enjoying Gwinnett’s serene natural settings.”
The national recreation trails program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Forest Service in conjunction with a number of other federal and not-for-profit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the national recreation trails website.