News Release Date: May 12, 2020
Contact: Ashley Danielson
Omaha, Neb.- An expedition is only as successful as its preparation. On May 12, 2019, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail was extended to include eastern sites that played vital roles in the planning and supply procurement for the expedition. With a new historical trail-head at the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Trail now winds 4,900 miles to St. Louis, Missouri, along the Missouri River to the Great Plains, across the Rockies and on to the Pacific Ocean. This week, we celebrate the first anniversary of this 1,200-mile extension.
The trail extension has increased opportunities for interpretation and education. The extension also highlights recreational opportunities along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and engages partners and stakeholders in trail management and related activities.
National Park Service staff continues to work with partners and communities to integrate the new trail extension with the existing trail and continue to build strong state and local partnerships. Much progress has been made in the last year to incorporate these new sections in the larger national historic trail.
- The State of Kentucky and Indiana have officially identified the auto tour routes through their states. Many visitors follow the Lewis and Clark story through the auto tour routes. An auto tour route for a national historic trail is an officially recognized and signed existing public road that parallels the actual historic trail route.
- More than 30 sites with connections to the Lewis and Clark story have put up the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail emblem so visitors know they are traveling on the trail.
- Many members of the trail staff have traveled the new section of trail, meeting partners and forming connections to assist in future projects.
- Two kickoff events were held for the dedication of the new trail sections.