Here are some of the criteria for a destination trail:
- length - The trail should be over 20 miles long.
- scenery - The trail should have scenic appeal of one kind or another.
- accessibility - The trail should be maintained so that a wide variety of guests can use it.
- attractions - The trail should have certain characteristics to draw tourists such as tunnels, trestles, wildflowers, spectacular views, a distinct landscape, regional characteristics, historical significance, points-of-interest, unique design or construction, water feature, or some other reason that would attract people to visit the trail.
- nearby attractions - In addition to the trail's inherent attractions it should also other reasons, nearby, to visit the area. (monuments, parks, architectural structures, waterfalls, mountains, etc.)
- facilities - The trail should have at least the basics like parking and restrooms. It is also desirable for it to have water, educational signage, and campgrounds or access to lodging.
|Mount Vernon Trail with D.C. monuments|
- Trail of the Coeur d' alenes in Idaho
- Glenwood Canyon Trail in Colorado
- Great Allegheny Passage Trail in Pennsylvania
- C & O Canal Towpath Trail in Maryland
- Silver Comet Trail in Georgia
- Withlacoochee State Trail in Florida
- Longleaf Trace Trail in Mississippi