Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

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What is the Star-Spangled Banner Trail?

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces over 560 miles of land and water routes that commemorate the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects the people, places and events that led to the birth of America’s National Anthem.

What is a trail steward?

Students and teachers participate in the Trail Stewards program to learn about their piece of the trail’s history in order to inspire future preservation and conservation of special places in their communities.

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Happy #WorldPoetryDay!Francis Scott Key is best known as the author of 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' which was inspired by the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 and later became the national anthem of the United States. While it is his most popular, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is just one of the dozens of poems that Key wrote during his lifetime. Many of Key's poems were written as odes to his family and friends and commentary on political and social events. Others served as Key's personal reflections on nature and religion, like one of his shorter pieces titled 'Creation.'

'From the dark depth of nature’s void arise
Unnumbered worlds, and glitter in the skies.
No bright materials the vast orbs demand,
Nor rule, nor compass, nor a forming hand;
Self-poised their axes, self-sustained their poles,
A universe of wonders o’er us rolls.
They were not, and were called; were called and heard,
And cost, and scarcely cost, the effort of a word.'

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Happiest of birthdays to the U.S. Department of the Interior!Happy Birthday to us! The U.S. Department of the Interior was officially created on March 3, 1849. For 170 years, Interior’s mission has expanded to include protecting and managing our natural resources and cultural heritage, providing scientific solutions and honoring trust responsibilities to our nation’s first people. With public lands being what we’re best known for, instead of candles on a cake, we’ll celebrate with sunlight glowing on a gorgeous mountain. Photo at Glacier National Park in Montana courtesy of Christina Adele Warburg-Hon. ... See MoreSee Less

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In 2018, thousands of people came together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. With every event, hike, ride, photo, or story you shared, the significance of the National Trails System was highlighted and celebrated.

We are grateful to our partner organizations for their leadership, effort, and resources to celebrate the anniversary and their ongoing work to preserve, protect, and strengthen the National Trails System. Please visit and like their Facebook pages to continue to #FindYourTrail

American Hiking Society
American Trails
Partnership for the National Trails System
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service

Photo: Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Credit: Samantha Hass
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