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American Trails Annual Website Roundup


American Trails continues our annual roundup of some of the best websites in the cyberworld of trails and greenways. These examples from around the globe highlight many ways that advocates and agencies are promoting the value of public lands and pathways. Our goal is to recognize the diversity of the trails community, including urban trails and bikeways, greenways, wilderness trails, motorized routes, water trails, and winter trails.

Visit these great websites for information, ideas, and inspiration!



We have recognized websites in several categories to showcase the ways that trail organizations, communities, and agencies are using the internet to promote trails and greenways:


State programs and statewide trail organizations

~ Delaware State Parks provides many different types of trails and details of all trail routes online

~ Indiana Trail Riders Association promotes trail riding and equine activities in Indiana and the surrounding area

~ Vermont Trails & Greenways Council works to increase funding for trail planning and development, protect the public rights-of-way, ease regulatory permitting, and foster good landowner relationships


Community trails system site (town, county, or other local jurisdiction)

~ Evansville-Area Trails Coalition works to promote healthy activities while expanding trails along the Pigeon Creek Greenway and connecting routes in southern Indiana

~ Norwalk River Valley Trail is a planned 27-mile trail through Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton and Norwalk, Connecticut

~ Ozark Greenways is celebrating 20 years as a non-profit citizens organization in the Springfield, MO area with a new, improved website

~ Winston-Salem Greenways advocates for the improvement and expansion of Winston-Salem, NC's trails and greenways system, encouraging residents to learn about trails and work for a greener and more pedestrian-friendly community


Trail organization or club website

~ Butler Freeport Community Trail provides events and support for the 21 mile rail-trail that follows Little Buffalo Creek to the Allegheny River at Freeport, PA

~ Rainbow ROUTES Association is map and route focused to help people in Sudbury, Ontario find trails and routes available to walking, cycling, and other forms of non- motorized transportation

~ Upper Valley Trails Alliance advocates for the use, maintenance and development of trails and connecting Vermont communities


Designated National Recreation Trail website

~ Black Heritage Trail (Columbus, Georgia) - A National Recreation Trail linking thirty historic places

~ Friends of the Ouachita Trail works to provide assistance for the maintenance, enhancement and use of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail

~ Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is the seventeenth rail trail in New York State and in 2007 it was designated a National Recreation Trail


Personal site maintained by an individual

~ Coast of Michoacan Hiking enthusiast has walked the whole coast and documents this stretch of western Mexico with detailed topo maps and a wealth of photos and descriptions

~ Meanderthals - A Hiking Blog features trails of western North Carolina, including some of the lesser known trails, with descriptions, topographic terrain maps, photos of trail features, elevation, directions, and difficulty rating.

~ Walking Down a Dream: Bart Smith, a nature photographer, took 17 years to hike 16,500 miles on all 11 National Scenic Trails in this country


Presentation of plans and proposals (information or public involvement for a major trail project)

~ Cleveland Bikeway Master Plan site presents planned trail corridors with photos, maps, and descripotions, as part of the city's commitment to becoming a bicycle-friendly community

~ Harahan Bridge Project would open the former roadways of the Mississippi River bridge to bicyclists and pedestrians, connecting vibrant downtown Memphis, Tennessee with Arkansas

~ Austin's Trail at Lady Bird Lake has ambitious plans as well as a long history of project development, with a major boardwalk planned to complete a one-mile gap


Education and stewardship

~ Equine Land Conservation Resource is the only national organization dedicated to saving land and trail access for horse-related activities

~ Kentucky Mountain Bike Association is a bicycle advocacy organization dedicated to providing education, outreach and environmental stewardship programs to communities and agencies across Kentucky

~ Vermont River Conservancy protects public access, wildlife habitat, clean waters, scenic natural beauty and ecological integrity by conserving undeveloped land along rivers, lakes and wetlands


Graphics and site design

~ Chelan-Douglas Land Trust works with local organizations, businesses, and individuals to protect natural areas and provide trails in Chelan and Douglas Counties, WA

~ Mountains to Sound Greenway connects natural areas, trails, farms and forests, communities, and recreation opportunities from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains; the website was recently developed in a partnership with Groundwire

~ San Luis Obispo Parks Open Space & Trails Foundation works for hikers, bikers, and equestrians in the Central Coast region of California


Trail finding and database site

~ is a quick and easy way to find water and land trails in Pennsylvania and provides a community resource for searching, mapping and sharing trails information statewide

~ Horse Council British Columbia Online Trail Guide showcases dozens of trails with maps, photos, and descriptions

~ TrailWeb.Net provides free detailed trail descriptions, interactive trail maps, and trail profiles for areas in Idaho and throughout the Northwest


Trail tour or virtual visit

~ Blueways of St. Clair provides water access points, pictures, maps, and descriptions of 16 different paddling routes as well as greenway trails

~ Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of Newport, RI is world famous as a public access walk that combines the natural beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport's gilded age

~ provides detailed information for more than 60 hiking trails in Glacier National Park


Travel and tourism site for trails

~ Great Calusa Blueway helps plan trips on the 190-mile Kayak and Canoe Paddling Trail in Florida with maps, access points, accomodations, facilities, and communities along the way

~ Raccoon River Valley Trail in central Iowa invites visitors to enjoy communities along the soon-to-be 89-mile long trail including a 72 mile loop trail


International websites

~ Cycle Southern Flinders Ranges promotes the great cycling trails South Australia with the goal of becoming Australia’s pre-eminent cycle friendly destination

~ Great Western Greenway runs 42 km in the West of Ireland, the country's "longest off-road walking and cycling experience"

~ New Zealand Cycle Trail is a network of 19 “Great Rides” totalling over 1,000 miles so far


Trails for health and active living

~ Feet First promotes walkable communities in the Puget Sound region and across Washington State, helping people take steps that create better places to live, learn, shop, work and play

~ Healthy Shasta launched a new website this year with improved maps to connect people to trails while helping them identify routes that meet their needs and interests

~ Neon to Nature program is an online tool that aims to encourage physical activity by showcasing trail information and detailed maps for the Las Vegas area


Promotion of trail ethics and trail sharing

~ Ontario Federation of Trail Riders works to educate riders and promote safe and responsible motorcycle trail riding in the Province of Ontario, Canada

~ Show-Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen advocates for multiuse and shared trails as well as the care and use of equestrian resources


Recognition and promotion of volunteerism

~ East Bay Regional Park District east of San Francisco manages over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study, and hosts nearly 13,000 volunteers annually

~ Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio provides may opportunities for volunteers to care for the environment, learn new skills, and meet people with similar interests

~ Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona helps volunteers to quickly find available opportunities without have to search through agency sites, and helps staff promote and manage volunteer projects


Trail-related business or product

~ Bellfree Contractors, Inc. has over 35 years of experience in trail design, construction, consultation, and maintenance of natural surface trails

~ ET Techtonics prefabricated fiberglass bridges are designed to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to install in remote bridge sites

~ Kay-Linn Enterprises provides comprehensive and sustainable recreation and conservation planning services for communities, organizations and coalitions

~ Loris and Associates, Inc. specializes in urban corridors and shared-use paths as well as mountain trails in challenging terrain, and experience in bridges, retaining walls, underpasses, structures, streetscapes, and traffic calming features

~ MaxiForce Bollards manufactures a wide variety of patented collapsible, removable, fixed, and crash rated bollards

~ Pannier Graphics is a leader in digital printing technologies used to create displays and maps specific to trails and site locations

~ Professional Trailbuilders Association is North America’s largest private sector group of trail specialists, professional trail contractors, and consultants for quality trail design, construction, and maintenance for all types of trails

~ Rhino Marking & Protection Systems manufactures a wide variety of posts and signs for trail and recreation applications, designed to be durable and flexible

~ Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. provides trail surfacing improvements, including natural soil binders and manufactured soil amendments, as well as fiber reinforced sport, recreational, and landscape surfaces

~ The Acorn Group services in interpretive planning and design, visitor studies, and environmental education exhibits, interpretive panels, and wayfinding systems

~ The Greenway Team offers creative talents and over 30 years of practical experience in the planning, design, and implementation of greenway, trail, and open space projects

See links to great websites in the American Trails Website Roundup:

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      Telephone: (530) 547-2060
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