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published Jul 2023

Why Trails Matter: In Praise of Water Trails

by American Trails Staff

This article is intended to inspire and support trail managers, designers, volunteer groups, and individuals with information you can use, whether you want to get out and explore an existing water trail or begin the process of designating a new water trail in your community. 


posted Jul 3, 2023

Willamette River Water Trail, Oregon

This water trail extends as far south as Creswell, OR, and as far north as St. Helens, OR. The area encompasses the entire mainstem of the Willamette River as well as portions of the Coast Fork Willamette and Middle Fork Willamette.


posted Jul 2, 2023

The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail, Illinois and Wisconsin

The nationally designated Fabulous Fox! Water Trail straddles the border from southeast Wisconsin to northeast Illinois. The trail offers 158 miles of paddling through gorgeous Midwest towns and landscapes including prairies, forests, farms, and bluffs. There is River access at more than 70 public locations, many are in vibrant communities with restaurants, and historical and cultural amenities to enjoy. Plan your adventure today!


published Jan 2022

Mythbusting the Great Outdoors: What’s True and What’s Not?

by Jim Schmid

Jim Schmid shares his review on Jamie Siebrase's latest book that delves into a wide range of outdoor myths.


published Jun 2023

9 New National Recreation Trails Added to the National Trail System

by American Trails Staff

Nine new National Recreation Trails in 9 states, adding 340 miles to the National Recreation Trails system of more than 1,300 trails in all 50 states.


posted Jun 2, 2023

Joe's Canyon, Arizona

This is a three-mile trail beginning on Coronado Peak and ending at the Coronado National Memorial Ranger Station.


posted May 2, 2023

Paseo del Morro, Puerto Rico

The trail follows the west section of the Spanish colonial defensive systems of Old San Juan from the San Juan Gate to Fort El Morro.


published Apr 2023

Building a Permeable, Low Maintenance Recreational Trail Along a Shoreline

by Presto Geosystems

In 2009, the city of The Colony planned to build a recreational trail (10 foot-wide, 3.5 mile pathway) that would run along the lake’s shoreline, contouring to its natural shape and providing residents with a picturesque route for outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, and cycling. The city selected the GEOWEB® Soil Stabilization System due to its flexibility to conform to curves, surface permeability, and low maintenance design.


published Apr 2023

Equitable Access to Trails Discussed at 2023 International Trails Summit

by American Trails Staff

If you will be joining us at the ITS in Reno NV April 17-20, 2023, don't miss these speakers and their sessions featuring topics related to equitable trails access.


published Apr 2023

Top 10 Requests for Trails and Outdoor Recreation Master Plans

by Tony Boone with Timberline TrailCraft, Jon Altschuld with Chinook Landscape Architecture, LLC

Tony Boone and Jon Altschuld are both Board Members of the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA), and both will be presenting at the 2023 American Trails/PTBA International Trails Summit. Their companies, Tony Boone Trails, and Chinook Landscape Architecture are Sierra-level sponsors for the conference.