The Dedham Water Trail has been recognized as a designated National Recreational Trail by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewel, Dedham officials announced Monday.
Trails designated as such are considered to be apart of a national system of trails and greenways on water and over land that combine nature, wildlife, outdoor activity and history, officials said.
"Trails are a vital part of our community; they encourage stewardship of our environment and connect people with the nature and each other," Virginia LeClair, Dedham's Environmental Coordinator, said in a statement. "We are very proud that the Dedham Water Trial has received this national recognition and honored to be included in America's national system of trails. We invite you to visit and explore Dedham's beautiful trail network both on land and on the Charles River."
The Dedham Water Trail is apart of the local trail system that comprises Wilson Mountain, Whitcomb Woods, Cutler Park, Dedham's Town Forest and the NewBridge on the Charles trail system.
The entire trail system was also recently expanded to include the Dolan Center, which is connected via the trail system to Whitcomb Woods, Wilson Mountain and NewBridge, officials said.
For more information on National Recreational Trails, visit www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails. More information on Dedham's trails can be found at www.dedhamtrails.org or on Twitter @DedhamTrails