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published Feb 3, 2020
American Trails Staff
The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “It depends.”
published Dec 5, 2019
Elvin Clapp with Bureau of Land Management
Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails
published Nov 15, 2019
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
Trailshaping is a system of understanding in which simple, everyday forces shape (generate) the big picture, details, and nuances of all trails and all trail types, as well as context-specific trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.
published Nov 14, 2019
One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line.
posted Aug 26, 2019
In partnership with Equine Land Conservation Resource, this webinar addresses methods used in constructing equestrian trails for shared use while also including ADA interface in an urban environment.
published Aug 14, 2019
Let’s face it. Motorized, equestrian, biking, and hiking users do not always get along. When conflicts inevitably arise, what do we do, and how can we avoid it in the first place?
published Jul 8, 2019
Michael Osborne with Five Rivers MetroParks
The challenges of balancing ecological protection, physical management and social demands on natural surface hiking, equestrian, mountain biking and multi-use trails can be overwhelming. However, it IS possible to meet these challenges by designing sustainable trails that are created to last into the next century.
posted Jul 1, 2019
Four concepts generate all trail aesthetics for better or worse. Learn how to use them to shape any type of trail for the better.
published Jun 20, 2019
Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.
Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.
published Feb 1, 2014
U.S. Access Board,
National Center on Accessibility
In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.
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