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Urban trails: direction signs for trail users


Clear signs indicating directions and routes help trail users stay oriented. Where does this trail go? Which way is my destination? How do I get back to the trailhead? These are all questions that trail users have in mind when they start out on an unfamiliar trail. On urban trails just as in the backcountry, visitors want to be sure they are on the right route. Many trails have discontinuous sections where users must take what seems like a detour, or jog out of the expected direction. Trails along canals, rivers, and abandoned railroads often have few access points as well as segments where the trail must leave the corridor. Helping trail users find their way back to the trail and to be confident they are on the right route is another valuable use of direction signs. It is also helpful to know which way popular destinations are, and what the mileage is. (Commentary and photos by Stuart Macdonald)

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