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published Jan 2024

Why Trails Matter: Trails are Inclusive

by American Trails Staff

Trails, if designed well, can promote equitable access to the outdoors for people of all ages and abilities, bringing together people with diverse social, racial, gender, and economic identities. Inclusive trails don't just happen. It takes a robust public engagement process, inclusive approaches to trail programming, public awareness efforts and trail enhancements to meet the diverse needs of the entire community.


posted Dec 31, 2023

Fulbright Spring Greenway, Missouri

From Trash to Treasure. What used to be a landfill in Springfield, Missouri is finding new use.


published Jan 2024

Storm-Watching and King Tides: A Perfect Pair

by Danelle Dodds, Visit Long Beach Peninsula

Storm-watching on the Long Beach Peninsula is one of nature’s most dazzling performances, and we’re lucky enough to have a front-row seat.


posted Dec 18, 2023

Wilson Creek Trail, Texas

The Wilson Creek Trail system winds parallel to Wilson Creek through the City of McKinney, spread out across 500 acres through several extraordinary community parks, creating a multifaceted hub with a wealth of recreational diversity and naturalist adventures.


posted Dec 13, 2023

Rails to Trails Conservancy's TrailNation™ Playbook

by Rails to Trails Conservancy

Rails to Trails Conservancy's TrailNation™ Playbook brings the decades of experience building trail networks across the country to a resource of case studies, best practices and tools for trail network development on a local and national level.


published Dec 2023

Three National Scenic Trails Designated as Units of the National Park System 

by National Park Service

Three national scenic trails have become the country’s newest National Parks, raising the total number of existing parks from 425 to 428.


posted Nov 28, 2023

American Trails Launches Free Foundations of Sustainable Trails e-Course Series

by American Trails Staff

This new five-part series of online micro-learning courses is intended to provide those new to the trails workforce with a baseline understanding of terminology and concepts that give them a solid foundation to support future trails education and ongoing professional development.


published Dec 2023

Forming and Running State or Regional Trail Coalitions – Important Points and Practices

by Bob Walker with Montana Trails Coalition, American Trails Staff

Have you ever wondered how to create a trails coalition in your state or region? This article shares some pointers and discusses the results of a nationwide survey of trails coalitions conducted by American Trails in February 2023.


posted Nov 10, 2023

Refuge Point Cross Country Ski Trail, Montana

The Madison Earthquake River Canyon Area offers a wonderful opportunity for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in a beautiful snowy landscape.


posted Nov 10, 2023

Two Top Snowmobile Trail, Montana

The Two Top Trail is famous for its ghost trees, also known as snow ghosts.