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“Walk easy; Hike strong”: a Veteran’s journey of discovery on the Arizona Trail

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.

Categories: Trail News

 

19 new National Recreation Trails added to the National Trail System

June 04, 2018
19 new National Recreation Trails in 17 states, adding more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system of more than 1,000 trails in all 50 states.

Categories: American Trails NewsNRT News

 

2017 NRT Photo Contest Winners

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.

Categories: NRT News
Tags: national

 

2018 Annual CRT Achievement Awards

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.

Categories: Trail News

 

50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

October 18, 2018
The historical events that led us to a robust nationwide movement for trails of all kinds

Categories: American Trails NewsTrail News
Tags: magazine

 

A Look Ahead With American Trails

September 10, 2018
As American Trails celebrates 30 years of service, we're looking towards the future of trails as well the goals of our organization.

Categories: American Trails News

 

A Tribute to David Burwell

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

American Trails Hikes the Hill

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.

Categories: American Trails News

 

Are Parks and Trails a “Solid Investment” to Improve Home Values?

October 18, 2011
A new study of home values in Ohio.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Art Cowley— Father of the Ouachita Trail

March 04, 2010
Art’s claim to fame in the Ouachitas was working out the plan in the early 1970’s for the Ouachita Trail.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Austin Helmers, Alaskan Trails Advocate and Forest Service Veteran

March 05, 2010
After 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service, Austin Helmers' second career was his passion for hiking and making sure Alaskan trails rights of way were not lost.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Bill Bliss Rides into the Sunset

June 24, 2005
In 2006 Bill received the Lifetime Service Award from American Trails. He conducted a never-ending crusade for safer trails, bicycling, and bicycling facilities.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Breaking Down the Silos

May 01, 2018
I have had two great epiphanies in my life, and both of them were thanks to trails. The first epiphany came as a result of a mountain biking accident I had in June of 1991.

Categories: Opinion
Tags: accessibility

 

Breaking Down the Silos, Part Two

September 10, 2018
Continuing the series on bridging the barriers between trail user groups

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion

 

Brian O'Neill

May 13, 2009
Brian O'Neill - the longtime superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area who helped transform the Presidio and other military bases into parkland.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Brothers of the Brush Hook, an Interview with Charlie Dundas

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.

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: opinion

 

Celebrate the last 50 years of trails with the summer edition of American Trails Magazine

August 20, 2018
The summer edition of American Trails Magazine is now available, and it’s a celebration of the last fifty years of trails!

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: historic

 

Celebrating trails across America

November 12, 2018
Stories from trail enthusiasts of all ages

Categories: Trail News

 

Congratulations on Arizona National Scenic Trail's Milestone

December 17, 2011
The fruition of a long distance trail.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Connecting Youth with Nature… On a Trail

March 26, 2013
Better accessibility through trail design.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinionyouth

 

Dale Lloyd, Advocate for Trails and Snowmobilers

December 03, 2007
Dale Harvey Lloyd was the husband of Kay Lloyd, who served as American Trails Chair for several years. Dale, like Kay, was an avid snowmobiler and advocate for trails of all kinds.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Dale Shewalter, Founder of the Arizona Trail

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Discovering the North Country Trail

November 16, 2018
Dedicated volunteers are working to improve and complete the trail that runs across seven northern states.

Categories: Trail News

 

Eleven National Recreation Trails to visit this October

October 09, 2018
October is the official month for all things spooky, which means for trail enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to visit these sinisterly named National Recreation Trails.

Categories: American Trails NewsNRT NewsTrail News

 

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program

July 06, 2018
GET $250 FOR A TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Categories: Trail News
Tags: Jeepgrants

 

Five National Recreation Trails to visit this Thanksgiving

November 16, 2018
Check out these five National Recreation Trails that are perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving!

Categories: NRT News

 

Fran Wallas— Tennessee Trail Writer

October 20, 2010
Since 2005 The Tennessee Conservationist magazine featured Fran Wallas’ “Great Hikes in Tennessee State Parks” in each bi-monthly issue.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

George's Send Off

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Giving Thanks

November 22, 2012
ATM Editor gives thanks to those who build!

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Governor Cuomo Announces $6.5 Million Grant to Expand Empire State Trail Initiative in Western New York

September 19, 2018
Grant Will Connect City of Niagara Falls to New York City, Expand Trail Connections and Enhance Niagara Gorge Access

Categories: Symposium News

 

Great Photos of America’s Trails

March 04, 2012
Bring a camera on the trail!

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Gudy Gaskill, the Mother of the Colorado Trail

July 14, 2016
Gudy is credited with being the Mother of The Colorado Trail, now 567 miles between Denver and Durango.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

How Trails Benefit the Environment

July 21, 2013
Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.

Categories: Opinion
Tags: environmenthabitatpreservation

 

Hulet Hornbeck, Trail Activist and Land Acquisition Specialist

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!

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

IMBA Trail Labs: Training to Spur Trail Development

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?

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: mountain biking

 

Inspiring Children to Become Lifelong Stewards of our Great Outdoors and Trails

December 16, 2012
Environmental education inspires lifelong learning.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinionyouth

 

ITS 2019 - Top 8 Syracuse Experiences

May 09, 2018
Discover some of the best-rated Things to Do in Syracuse according to Yelp & Trip Advisor.

Categories: Symposium News

 

James L. Oberstar - Congressman and Advocate for Trails and Bicycling

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Jessica Terrell, Trails Activist and State Program Manager

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

John C. Roth, a Person who Built Connections and Moved Dreams Forward

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Jon McBride— Montana Smokejumper and Trails Steward

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.

Categories: Memorials

 

Korea Hosts Another Outstanding World Trails Conference

November 09, 2012
The Second World Trails Conference took place November 7-9, 2011 in the Seogwipo area of Jeju Island, South Korea.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Lu Schrader, West Virginia Trail Advocate

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Mark Hufeisen — Virginia State Parks Trail Builder and Manager

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Mary Anderson, REI

March 27, 2017
Mary Anderson, Co-founder of REI

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Meet Mike Passo, American Trails Executive Director

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.

Categories: American Trails News

 

Merle D. Grimes— A True Friend of Greenways and Trails

June 10, 2010
Merle Grimes planned and helped develop greenways and trails in Atlanta, GA and on the Island of Kauai as well as many projects in the Denver area and the South Platte River Greenway.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Monty Montgomery, Ozark Greenways

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.

Categories: Memorials

 

New York to build the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation

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.

Categories: Symposium News
Tags: greenway

 

OPDMD: Coming to a Trail Near You?

February 16, 2012
What's the right answer for mobility devices?

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Out-Gunned and Under-Taxed

July 04, 2012
Is funding trails and transit with a tax from buyers of gasoline and diesel fuel appropriate?

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Pam Gluck honored with Roger and Harvey Bell Award

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.

Categories: American Trails News

 

Railbanking Under Attack

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.

Categories: American Trails NewsTrail News

 

Remembering Bill Spitzer, Park Service Mentor

May 06, 2003
The trails community lost a great friend with the passing of Bill Spitzer.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Remembering Deb Hubsmith

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Remembering Joe Shoemaker: Colorado Greenway Visionary

August 18, 2012
American Trails and the trails community nationwide mourns the passing of Joe Shoemaker in August 2012.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Save the LWCF

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

Categories: Trail News

 

Slow Down, Walk, and Listen

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.

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: book review

 

Spiritual Journeys: the Light on the Trail Ahead

December 25, 2011
Reflections on the spiritual aspect of trails.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Success or Chaos: Attitude Makes the Difference

December 09, 2012
The bicycle and pedestrian facilities of European cities are often cited as examples of an enlightened future.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Susan “Butch” Henley - American Hiking Society Staffer and Trail Supporter

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Sustaining Communities with Trails and Open Space

May 07, 2012
A retired trailbuilder discusses land and open space.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Syracuse zeroes in on deal with Gotcha Bike for bike-share program

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.

Categories: Symposium News

 

Tammy Jamieson - Advocate for Parks, Trails, and Open Space

May 05, 2009
Tammy left a lasting legacy in the parks, trails and open space features that she created during her tenure.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Thanks for a Great Trails Symposium!

April 27, 2013
The 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium was held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Hotel & Conference Center near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Categories: Opinion
Tags: opinion

 

The 2017 International Trails Symposium Created Lasting Momentum in Ohio

November 15, 2018
When advocates gather, trail magic happens.

Categories: Symposium News

 

The Bridge Builders Art: A Tribute to Carroll Vogel

July 05, 2010
Carroll Vogel showed us that in the world of suspension bridges we are still looking for the boundaries, we are still finding new structures, applications, and uses of materials.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

The Heartbeat of a Community

September 28, 2014
American Trails Supports Turtle Bay’s Efforts to become Self Sustaining

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

The History of American Trails

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.”

Categories: American Trails News

 

The Longest Trail Starts Here

April 22, 2012
We usually set out on a trail knowing how far we’ll go and where it ends. However, the journey to secure reliable funding for our trails and public lands is the trail that never ends.

Categories: Opinion
Tags: transportation

 

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

April 02, 2018
In this conversational and personal account, journalist Florence Williams travels widely to track down our deep connection to the natural landscape.

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: book review

 

The Third Mode: Towards a New Transportation Policy

September 10, 2012
Excerpts from Jeff Olson's book about creating better connections among people, nature, and the built environment.

Categories: Trail News
Tags: transportation

 

The World is Our Classroom

November 13, 2018
Cindy's story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas.

Categories: Opinion
Tags: book reviewmagazine

 

Tom Neenan

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.

Categories: Memorials
Tags: memorial

 

Trail Politics: It’s All Local

July 28, 2012
The shift to more local control over funding.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Trails are Linking Our World

March 19, 2012
Trails are not just an American concept.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Trails are Making a Difference

December 19, 2011
Nancy Desmond of Cleveland Metroparks, tells us how trails have made a difference in her life and career.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Trails Are Transportation: Restore Eligibility for Trails as Infrastructure

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.

Categories: Trail News

 

Trails in a Transportation World

June 30, 2012
Can trails and bikeways compete with other transportation priorities?

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinionfunding

 

Training Survey Completed; Sighs of Relief Heard

December 15, 2011
It takes knowledge to plan and build.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

Warriors on the Trail

June 27, 2018
Walking off the War!

Categories: American Trails News
Tags: opinionaccessibility

 

What Draws People to a Trail?

November 25, 2011
The desire to recreate, exercise and enjoy natural beauty.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion

 

What’s a National Recreation Trail?

April 04, 2017
From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences.

Categories: NRT News

 

When Greenways Go Brown

September 28, 2013
When flood PLAIN turns into flood WAY, trails are in trouble.

Categories: American Trails NewsOpinion
Tags: opinion