20th American Trails National Symposium

Hosting the 2012 Symposium
Highlight your communities, your state, your great trail projects!


arrow The 2012 bid packet is now available! To receive the bid packet, please contact Candace Mitchell at candace@americantrails.org

arrow Download the full 2010 Symposium Program (pdf 14.75 mb)


Interested in hosting the 2012 American Trails National Symposium?

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Calling all bids for the 2012 American Trails National Symposium! American Trails’ biennial National Trails Symposiums are a premier opportunity for trail advocates, managers, builders, planners, and users— as well as tourism and business interests— to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and educational conference. The Symposium is a gathering of trail enthusiasts and professionals representing all types of trail users. This is the only national gathering of all trail interests who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone. The Symposium includes numerous educational sessions covering the broad range of trail issues; nationally prominent speakers; a state-of-the-art, exhibit hall; informative and interactive mobile workshops; and much more.

The 2010 Symposium generated an estimated 1.8 million dollars for the Chattanooga community!

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Celebrating at the 2008 Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas

THREE PARTNERS must jointly submit a bid in order for it to be considered.

For the community/State bidding to host the event, American Trails will only accept proposals from entities included on page 2 of the bid specs. Please review the bid packet for details. The DMO must be a partner in this event. It is also preferred that they be the partner that signs the actual contract.

Because success depends on the enthusiastic support of state and local agencies, we will NOT accept proposals from hotels, resorts, or attractions.

For geographic balance, proposals from communities near or on the west coast on Pacific or Mountain Time, or the northeastern states are especially encouraged to bid and will be given priority consideration.

Symposium proposals must be postmarked by April 30, 2011.

Additional guidelines and submission instructions are explained in detail in the bid packet. To obtain the 2012 bid packet that is now available, contact Candace Mitchell at candace@americantrails.org. Please read through it carefully. If you are considering bidding on a future Trails Symposium (2014, 2016, etc.) then we strongly encourage you to attend and exhibit at the 2012 Symposium.


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If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact Candace Mitchell via email at candace@americantrails.org or phone at (530) 547-2060.


To learn more about past Symposiums, please visit the webpages we created for each of them:




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