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published Apr 2017

What’s a National Recreation Trail?

by American Trails Staff

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


published Mar 2017

Mary Anderson, REI

by American Trails Staff

Mary Anderson, Co-founder of REI


published Mar 2017

Pam Gluck honored with Roger and Harvey Bell Award

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

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.


published Feb 2017

A Tribute to David Burwell

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Inc.

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.


published Jul 2016

Gudy Gaskill, the Mother of the Colorado Trail

by American Trails Staff

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


published Sep 2015

Tom Neenan

by American Trails Staff

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.


published Aug 2015

Remembering Deb Hubsmith

by American Trails Staff

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.


published Sep 2014

The Heartbeat of a Community

by American Trails Staff

American Trails Supports Turtle Bay’s Efforts to become Self Sustaining


posted Aug 8, 2014

U.S. Access Board Issues Final Rule on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

The Access Board has published new guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) that address access to sidewalks and streets, crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way.


published May 2014

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

by American Trails Staff

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.