In the year 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton and then Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater designated the East Coast Greenway as one of our nation’s 16 National Millennium Trails!
The Millennium Trails initiative was part of the White House Millennium Council’s efforts to stimulate national and local activities to”honor the past and imagine the future.”The public/private partnership was led by the Department of Transportation, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and a collaboration of other agencies and organizations.
The program was designed to spark the creation and enhancement of trails across the nation as part of America’s legacy for the future.
First Lady Hillary Clinton said, “Through the Millennium Trails project, we are building and maintaining trails that tell the story of our nation’s past and will help to create a positive vision for our future. The 16 National Millennium Trails that Secretary Slater designated… are all visionary projects that define us as Americans.”
“Transportation is about more than asphalt, concrete, and steel, it’s about people,”said Secretary Slater. “The National Millennium Trails connect our nation’s landscape,
heritage, and culture and demonstrate our national commitment to
improving the quality of life for all Americans. The designated
National Millennium Trails symbolize America’s legacy for the
The East Coast Greenway, conceived in 1991, already stands beside such storied pathways as the Appalachian Trail and the Iditarod.
Passing by or near many of our nation’s most important cultural and historic sites, as well as some of our most beautiful areas such as North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the Maine coast, and the Florida Keys, the East Coast Greenway is truly representative of the Millennium Trails ideal.
The other trails designated as National Millennium Trails were (alphabetically): the American Discovery Trail, the Appalachian Trail, Cascadia Marine Trail, the Civil War Discovery Trail, the Freedom Trail, the Great Western Trail, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, the Iditarod Trail, The International Express, Juan Batista de Anza National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Mississippi River Trail, North Country National Scenic Trail, the Underground Railroad, and the Unicoi Turnpike.