The RTP grant was instrumental in helping to make the Hyde Park Trail System “ready for prime time.”
In 2003, the Town of Hyde Park received a Recreational Trails Program grant for improvements to the Hyde Park Heritage Greenway Trail System. The Hyde Park Trail System includes 14 miles of trails within units of the National Park System, a State Park, several Town parks, a nonprofit nature preserve, and private lands, as well as trails that link between them.
Physical improvements and new parking for key trails made them accessible and appealing to the public. Trailhead kiosks help build a strong identity for the trails and cultivate public awareness of the storied landscapes that weave throughout the entire town, including National Park sites outside the boundaries of the town.
A new trail map/brochure, combined with a consistent system of trail directional signs and color-coded trail markers, provided high-quality visitor orientation and wayfinding regardless of land ownership.
Youth Conservation/Service Corps involvement made project completion possible:
The trails have steadily grown in popularity and are used by increasing numbers of groups and individuals. Trail counts by the National Park Service recorded over 44,000 trail visits during 2009.
2021: Evans Creek ORV Area
2020: Monadnock Trail Improvement Project
2019: Lassen Peak Trail
2018: Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming
2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona
2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia
2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah
2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa
2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers
2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont
2012: Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado
2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska
2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia
2007: Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps
2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland
2005: Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota
2004: North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon