Skip to main content
Celebrating the Rivers & Trails 50th Anniversary

On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers acts, establishing the two systems. Elements of the systems are stewarded by a variety of federal, state and local agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and Army Corps of Engineers. We are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this historic achievement.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and National Wild & Scenic Rivers systems, Niantic and the National Park Foundation are running a special campaign about exploring as many rivers and trails as possible. We’re going to try and collectively visit the thousands of trails across the U.S. and more than 12,000 miles of rivers protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers System, and we need your help.

How to get involved

Players and community members are invited to visit one of the many of rivers and trails starting October 4, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Participating players can receive a special patch and handwritten note from Niantic in the following two ways:

  1. Send Niantic a postcard of your adventures! Tell us what you did. You can send letters and postcards to: P.O. Box 194770 San Francisco, CA 94119 (Attn: Social Impact)
  2. OR

  3. Publish an Instagram post on your social feed with a picture of the trail or river you posted.
    1. Don’t forget to tag the location you visited!
    2. Use hashtags #ExploreWithNiantic and #FindYourWay
    3. Tag the @NianticLabs Instagram account
    4. If you want a letter response, fill out this form (also linked on the Niantic Instagram account)

Players who send a postcard (digital or physical) will receive a postcard and special merit patch in return from Niantic. For every postcard received, Niantic will donate $5 to the National Park Foundation! Please note that this campaign is limited to the US only.

Map your favorite river and trail!
As we receive postcards, we will update this map with the places in which players have visited.

Acadia National Park

50 Moraga Ave San Francisco, CA 94129

Almaden Quick Silver

Central Ave Hot Springs, AR 71901

Annette Lake

31323 Toe Rd. Yankton, SD 57078

Briones Regional Park

333 Pleasant St. Epping, NH 03042

Cal Sag Trail

11810 Pierce St Riverside, CA 92505

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

2040 Brown Ave Evanston, IL 60201

Fort Wilkins State Park

7 San Bernardino Trail Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Bear Lake Trail Estes Park, CO 80517

Grass River Nature River

6500 Alden Hwy Bellaire, MI 49615

Grass River Nature Trail

Northside Dr Yosemite Valley, CA 95389

Harper's Ferry

Brown Mountain Beach Rd Collettsville, NC 28611

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Horse Trail Pelham, AL 35124

Isle Royale National Park

Briceburg Rd Midpines, CA 95345

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

14050 Dawson Beach Rd Woodbridge, VA 22191

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

1309 Donnybrook Dr Carmel, IN 46032

Lamprey River

Grass River Natural Area Rd Bellaire, MI 49615

Lands End Trail

4779-4581 County Highway JR Kenosha, WI 53144

Manistee River

W5445 WI-49 Waupun, WI 53963

Merced River, National Wild and Scenic River

Unnamed Road Cobden, IL 62920

Missouri National Recreational River

Old Briones Rd Trail Briones, CA 94553

Monon Trail

S Ridge Dorr Trail Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Mugu Peak Trail

White Trail Connector Athens, GA 30606

North Branch Chicago River

Unnamed Road Amanda Park, WA 98526

O.P. Schnabel Park

McClish Rd Mesick, MI 49668

Oak Mountain State Park

Tippy Dam, Dilling Rd Brethren, MI 49619

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Sol Duc Rd Port Angeles, WA 98363

Petrifying Springs Kenosha

651 Salinas Rd San Juan Bautista, CA 95045


Snug Harbor Houghton Township, MI

River Walk Trail

Mandan Rd Mohawk, MI 49950

Rocky Mountain National Park

Unnamed Road San Antonio, TX 78240

San Gorgonio Wilderness - South Fork Trail

799 Pacific Coast Hwy NAS Point Mugu, CA 93042

Shawnee National Forest

1999 Blowing Rock Hwy Linville, NC 28646

Smoky Mountain National Park

4039 Southwest Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221

Sol Duc River

7 Lake Katherine Way Palos Heights, IL 60463

Tippy Dam

680 Point Lobos Ave San Francisco, CA 94121

Tufa Terrace Trail

Chimney Tops Trail Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Wildwood Trail in Forest Park

6625 Broadacres Dr San Jose, CA 95120

Yosemite National Park

Asahel Curtis Rd North Bend, WA 98045

Support our National Parks
Want to support the National Park Foundation in other ways? You can donate here!

What is the relationship between Niantic and the National Park Foundation?

Niantic has partnered with the National Park Foundation, the official national charitable partner of the National Park Service, to host a series of small group events for our players in America’s national parks, inviting gamers to meet up, complete tasks, and explore public lands

What is the inspiration for this campaign?

Niantic and the National Park Foundation are exploring innovative ways to inspire people to connect with the national parks community using technology. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and Wild & Scenic Rivers by encouraging everyone to visit a river or trail no matter where they are, and share their experience.

Will Niantic still donate to the NPF if I don’t include a return mailing address?

Yes! For every postcard (digital on Instagram or physical mail) will count as a $5 donation* to the NPF. (*limited to one per person, with a maximum of $100,000 in total donation to the National Park Foundation)

How can I be involved if I can’t visit a river or trail?

There are so many ways to get involved! You can visit the National Park Foundation's website to learn more, and if you’re interested, you can explore their important work.

Can I submit a location if I’m outside of the US?

At this time, we can only accept submissions from the US and its territories.