[Cdt-l] National Scenic Trail Status

Karen Somers kborski at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 19 14:51:23 CDT 2008

I have authored a guidebook for East Texas' 100-mile Lone Star Trail (LST), which has National Recreation Trail Status.  I understand a bit about the definitions regarding the types of status (national vs. recreation).  However, you may want to contact someone involved with the LST; I have contacts, both federal and nonprofit, if you are interested.
Texas is way overdue and VERY under-utilized when it comes to long distance hiking trails.  The LST is by far the longest marked trail in the state.  For a state of its size with so much scenery and diversity, this is a shame.  Good luck with your efforts for a Hill Country Trail.
Karen Somers
AT'98, PCT'04, CDT'07 (almost!)

--- On Thu, 6/19/08, Jeff Hunt <jeff.hunt at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Jeff Hunt <jeff.hunt at gmail.com>
Subject: [Cdt-l] National Scenic Trail Status
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2008, 1:49 PM

Hi, I'm looking for some information on the history of the CDT trail, specifically how one begins the process of seeking National Scenic Trail status. I and a few others have an interest in developing such an idea here in Texas. Some details are here
I did a feasibility study comparing the proposed trail route to a much longer existing one (AT) in terms of census data like population density etc. Now at this point I'd like to begin to try to interest local officials in this topic, but first wanted to gather my facts about what the steps are to get at trail idea in front of the government. The CDT is a much different and grander trail than this proposed one of 33 miles, as well I'm sure much of the CDT is built on national or public land which there's not much of in Texas, but any information might carry over. Thanks
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