National Recreation Trails Database


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Throughout construction of the Trail, the Boy Scouts of America have been involved. Eagle Scouts have done various projects to earn their badges.

Accesses outstanding natural, cultural and/or historic resources: The Richard Martin Trail has beautiful natural wetlands that have numerous wildflowers such as wild azaleas, dogwoods, redbuds, violets, passion and wild iris. A historical site on the Trial is where the bloodiest civil war battle on Alabama soil took place, the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle. There were a minimum of 200 men killed in battle on September 25, 1864. Most of the men killed were runaway slaves that had joined the Union Army.

Provides trail experiences for underserved communities: There are many events which take place all during the year that everyone, including underserved individuals, may participate in. In March we have Sassafras Tea Day. This is an early wildflower walk with a taste testing treat of fresh brewed sassafras tea from sassafras trees on the Trail. In April, the dogwoods and redbuds are in full bloom. May has Horse and Buggy Day for all area equestrians. National Trail Day is the June event. In August the jewel weed is in full bloom and attracts hundreds of hummingbirds and butterflies. This is a joy for people of all ages. October brings the beautiful fall colors. Although the Trail is a non-motorized trail, there is a Fall Walk and Ride each year at which time senior citizens are driven down the Trail in busses to enjoy the fall colors at their peak.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: