A Blue Trail is a river adopted by communities that are dedicated to improving family friendly recreation such as fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife watching, and to conserving rivers and riverside lands. They are voluntary, locally led efforts that improve community quality of life.

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  • Hitchcock Creek Kayak | Bob Irvin

    Transforming A Forgotten Creek Into A Community Treasure

    “This all has far exceeded our expectations” Rockingham, NC mayor Steve Morris told American Rivers’ President Bob Irvin and me as he drove us on an early May day to the Roberdel Access. We were going to kayak down the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail to celebrate its official opening. The Mayor proudly admitted to taking… Read more »

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    Report: River Recreation Boosts Economy and Creates Jobs

    The Outdoor Industry Association recently released a groundbreaking report, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Take it Outside for American Jobs and a Strong Economy,” detailing the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the U.S. This report is a follow up and expansion of the 2006 economic impact report commissioned by the Outdoor Industry Association demonstrates that… Read more »

  • Guy Jones

    Blue Trails Boost Local Economies

    Guest Blogger: Guy Jones, Owner, River Runner Outdoor Center Columbia, South Carolina Rivers are an important part of my life. Rivers underpin a successful career, a deep-seeded passion, and even helped introduce me to my wife. Three decades ago, my hometown river, the Saluda near Columbia, South Carolina, was threatened by a proposed hydroelectric dam…. Read more »

What They’re Saying

  • Holly Loff

    “Rivers has always been at the heart of our family time. And we experience great things there together. We’ve watched goslings attempt their first swim, collected snail shells, caught laughably small fish and admirably large fish together, and so much more. Blue Trails help families like mine more easily enjoy their rivers. Whether through tubing,… Read more »