These are voluntary, locally led efforts that improve community quality of life.

You might be wondering, what’s the difference between a Blue Trail, paddle trail, water trail, and National Water Trail? They all have one important thing in common. They all help people enjoy their rivers through recreation.

But Blue Trails are slightly different. The term “Blue Trail” describes an effort by communities to improve access and protect their river and surrounding lands.

Visit our Blue Trails Guide to learn more and explore these special rivers.

Don’t miss these special Blue Trails