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published Sep 2000

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

​Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?


published May 2012

Children’s Center Trail Project Breaks Down Barriers

This trail includes sections made of different materials that can teach children with disabilities how to maneuver on surfaces such as rubber, pea gravel, mulch, boardwalk decking, and concrete pavers.


published Sep 2015

Accessible Trail Opens Michigan’s Ocqueoc Falls to All

by Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway leads visitors to the only publicly owned waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.


published Feb 2012

Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way

Public comment period closed February 2, 2012 on the new "Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way"


published Sep 2010

Q&A on Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices Ruling

by Stuart Macdonald

Questions and Answers to help trail managers respond to recent Department of Justice rule on Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (updated February 19, 2011)


published Apr 2018

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

by Jim Schmid

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


published Dec 2010

Analysis of Policies Addressing Trail Accessibility Rule on Power-Driven Mobility Devices

by Stuart Macdonald

Issues addressed by local and state governments on the DOJ rule for use of "Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices" on trails, bike paths, greenways, and pedestrian facilities.


published Mar 2011

Basic Facts on Department of Justice Rule on Power-Driven Mobility Devices for Accessibility

by Stuart Macdonald

On March 15, 2011, new Department of Justice rules took effect, specifying the “other power-driven mobility devices” (OPDMD) that could be used on trails by “individuals with mobility disabilities.” If you manage a trail that is open to the public this rule applies to your facility.


published Sep 2013

Access Board issues ABA Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, including accessible trails, on federal lands

by American Trails Staff

On September 26, 2013 the U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas on federal lands. The guidelines provide detailed specifications for accessible trails, picnic, and camping areas, viewing areas, beach access routes, and other components of outdoor developed areas when newly built or altered.


posted Mar 29, 2018

Spokane River Centennial National Recreation Trail, Washington

The trail runs along the Spokane River for 37 miles from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, Washington. The paved trail is used both for commuting to work and for recreation.