March 22, 2019
Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.
February 19, 2019
February is Black History Month, and a perfect time to shine a light on some well known, and some lesser known, ways in which African Americans have helped shape our nation's trail and park history.
February 06, 2019
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan an outing to one of America’s National Recreation Trails. Nothing is more romantic than time spent together outdoors, and since National Recreation Trails are some of the finest trails our country has to offer, planning a date on one of these trails is a sure fire way to create an unforgettable holiday.
November 15, 2018
Warrior Expeditions is a nonprofit group that helps veterans by giving them the opportunity to participate in outdoor expeditions with the intent of improving the transition back into civilian life.
October 29, 2018
Act by November 1 to preserve railbanking.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) just initiated a notice of proposed rulemaking to consider a rule proposed by opponents to railbanking that would significantly limit the ability of trail proponents to preserve rail corridors for interim trail use.
September 26, 2018
Time is running out to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund! Tell Congress to act NOW, before it expires on September 30th!
We need to protect the LWCF, America’s best parks program, before it’s too late. American Trails is proud to support action to permanently reauthorize this critical program. Join us now and add your name to #SaveLWCF
August 22, 2018
Past President of Ozark Greenways, Monty Montgomery, passed away on August 19, 2018. He was an avid supporter and longtime friend of Ozark Greenways. He inspired countless individuals to explore our beautiful Ozarks through bicycling, hiking, and running all while promoting fun and fellowship.
July 26, 2018
In his State of the City address in January, Mayor Ben Walsh announced he would bring bike-sharing to Syracuse. His administration has made good on that and is now seeking approval from the city council.
July 26, 2018
Congress is working on its budget for next year and infrastructure is expected to get a boost in funding—but some leaders want to leave out trails. Act Now! Tell your senator to restore funding eligibility for trails of all types in the new budget funding.
July 11, 2018
The history of American Trails is a history of trail giants. Of people who, decades ago, before there were positions like state trails coordinator, or books like Wild, espousing the healing power of trails, stood up and said to everyone who would listen, we need to realize the value of trails. Men and women who embodied the quote from French poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
June 06, 2018
The Coalition for Recreational Trails is pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.
April 11, 2018
American Trails participated in the largest ever Hike the Hill ®, which brought 123 hikers and trail organization representatives to Washington, D.C. to advocate before Congress and the federal government for trails and public lands.
April 11, 2018
The 750-mile trail will provide new opportunities for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through charming, historic communities, driving tourism and economic activity across New York.
March 14, 2018
The author walked over 4,000 miles from his home in Chadds Ford, PA to New Orleans and San Francisco. His goals were to learn something about his own behavior and beliefs, and also to learn about the lives and beliefs of the people he met along the way.
February 28, 2018
American Trails sponsors the annual Photo Contest for designated National Recreation Trails. In celebration of these great trails we are presenting awards in several categories to highlight the diversity of NRTs, from backcountry trails to urban greenways. Here are our picks from the 275 entries for 2017.
February 05, 2018
Is your community the next great mountain biking community? What does it mean to embrace bicycles on natural-surface trails and how do community leaders and land managers get started?
January 01, 2018
The thing that excites me is when I go out and I see people using our trails and I see families on the trails, you know? It pleases me and excites me that I’m beginning to, once again, see moms and dads and kids on trails, not just the mountain bikers.
May 01, 2017
Throughout the world, via the International Trails Symposium and our burgeoning international influence, AT has a growing role in trail development, quality assurance, funding, and advocacy.
March 15, 2017
The Professional Trailbuilders Association has honored Pam Gluck with its 2017 Roger and Harvey Bell Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the trails community. The award was presented at the PTBA Trailbuilders Conference in Bend, Oregon, March 15, 2017. Pam provided the following letter in her acceptance of the award.
February 01, 2017
David Burwell was a cofounder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and one of the most influential champions for trails and greenways. He later established the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse and founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
September 08, 2015
Tom was instrumental in founding the non-profit Iowa Trails Council in 1984. He made the first application for acquisition of an abandoned rail bed in Iowa and continued to negotiate, acquire, and establish trails for many years.
August 18, 2015
Deb Hubsmith founded and guided the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for nearly 10 years. She started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California’s Safe Routes pilot program.
May 21, 2014
Always known by her trail name after through-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1978, Butch served both on the board and staff of the American Hiking Society. For many years she was a familiar participant in initiatives and committees supporting policies and funding for trails.
May 03, 2014
Congressman Jim Oberstar was a supporter of the Recreational Trails Program and a sponsor of the transportation bills which included funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs as well as trails.
January 07, 2012
Hulet was a long-time American Trails board member. He created his legacy through trails during 20 years of land acquisition for the East Bay Regional Park District. His intellect, kindness, public sense of stewardship and humor was an inspiration to us all!
March 24, 2011
Mark’s expertise on a wide range of subjects from construction to trail development to horse training will leave a very tangible legacy. He took a fledging rail-to-trails project, New River Trail State Park, and made it one of Virginia’s most visited and most supported state parks.
June 02, 2010
Jon McBride founded the National Smokejumper Association’s Trails Program. Under McBride’s leadership during the past 10 years, former and current smokejumpers rehabilitated well over a thousand miles of trails for the Forest Service and the National Park Service.
January 10, 2010
Dale was known as the "Father of the Arizona Trail" and guiding spirit for the Arizona Trail Association. Dale had a vision of a continuous path across Arizona, and in 1985 he undertook a journey on foot across the state.
July 03, 2009
A Missouri trail advocate, John Roth was a volunteer with the US Forest Service for several years. He is best known for his tremendous work on the the planning and development of the Ozark Trail.
January 09, 2008
Jessica had been the state trail coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in New Mexico, and held the same position in Missouri. She was proud of being selected to participate in the American Frontiers Expedition team.
January 19, 2007
George was an avid equestrian and advocate for the preservation of public open space and trails. His work in the 1940's in Contra Costa County, CA became the model for the California State Ridiing and Hiking Trails Plan and later led to California State trails acts in 1945 and again in 1974.
November 08, 2001
Lu Schrader founded the the West Virginia Trails Coalition and was a key player in the first WV Statewide Trail Plan. Lu was also the driving force behind the creation of the Trace Fork Canyon Trail near Charleston.