The popular Musketawa Trail in Michigan is a Community Millennium Trail.
Trails recognized under the Clinton White House Millennium Council (1999)
To engage all Americans in marking the new millennium in ways that would leave a lasting legacy, President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton created the White House Millennium Council to organize a number of national millennium projects. The millennium projects spurred by this effort were guided by the unifying theme to "Honor the Past — Imagine the Future."
Millennium Trails was a partnership between the White House Millennium Council, U.S. Department of Transportation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in cooperation with other agencies and organizations. As one of the national millennium projects, Millennium Trails recognized, promoted and supported trails as a means to preserve open spaces, interpret history and culture and enhance recreation and tourism. Under this initiative, more than 2,000 trails across America were recognized, enhanced or built. These included hiking trails, bicycle paths, greenways and scenic byways through rural and urban landscapes and cultural and heritage trails that preserve and commemorate major events in our nation's history.
Trails recognized received one of three designations: National Millennium Trails, Millennium Legacy Trails, or Community Millennium Trails.
National Millenium Trails
Visionary trails which reflect defining aspects of America's history and culture.
The 16 National Millennium Trails are visionary trails that reflect defining aspects America's history and culture. These selected trails are a celebration of America's rich history, as well as its bright future in the next millennium. Each of the 16 National Millennium Trails is a symbol of the great diversity, complexity and grandeur of our entire nation's trails in the 21st century. View the list of National Millennium Trails.
Millenium Legacy Trails
Trails which represent the spirit of the nation's states and territories.
The Millennium Legacy Trails were selected from nominations by the governors of the states and territories because they reflect the essence and spirit of our nation's states and territories. Millennium Legacy Trails are representative of the diversity of trails: rail-trails and greenways, historic trails, cultural itineraries, recreation paths, waterways, alternative transportation corridors and many other types of trails. As First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said when she announced these trails, "Each of them stitch a design in our landscape and together help to create a picture of America." View the list of Millennium Legacy Trails.
Community Millenium Trails
Community Millennium Trails include thousands of trails across the United States which commemorate and interpret the communities they serve, be they large or small. Each trail in this category is a trail in its most basic form: a path, either physical or conceptual, connecting places and people.
American Hiking Society, in cooperation with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, coordinated the application process and designation of the Community Millennium Trails category.