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published Aug 1, 1996
North Country National Scenic Trail
The purpose of this handbook is to lay the foundation upon which the North Country NST will achieve a degree of consistency from one segment to another.
published Sep 1, 2000
This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance and management.
posted Mar 27, 2019
The North Country National Scenic Trail facilitates trail maintenance through a system of Trail Adopters who take responsibility for sections of trail. The NCTA Adopter Handbook notes that “A good trail experience is what gains support for the trail and ultimately increases membership.” The Handbook details standards for signs, blazes, tread, bridges, and campsites.
published May 4, 2009
Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association
Following is basic “Share the trail Etiquette” that can improve the trail experience for all users.
published Sep 1, 2014
This survey will not only aid Trail managers and local officials in managing the existing trail and its users, but aid future planners in locating and designing trails that maximize benefits while reducing impacts.
published May 5, 2011
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division
A slideshow presentation of ATV trail management guidelines.
published May 1, 2018
Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
Maricopa County (AZ) has put together a comprehensive guide to best practices in trail planning, construction, and maintenance. The 99-page guide includes Planning Objectives for a variety of trail types, motorized as well as nonmotorized. Barrier-free trails are
also discussed, along with vegetation management, signs and wayfinding, and many more details of trail development and sustainable maintenance.
published Apr 1, 2006
Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.
published Jan 1, 2012
National Park Service
The Sustainable Trail Guidelines were developed with two primary objectives: to evaluate and prioritize strategies that will improve the existing trail system, and to introduce new trails that can be managed with minimal resources.
published Nov 7, 2017
Bureau of Land Management,
Chris Bernhardt with C2 Recreation
This handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.
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Sign direction trail users down dead-end street to continuation of trail in La Conner, Washington
Both motorized and nonmotorized trail activities are allowed on this Ashland, Wisconsin trail. Trail is used for both winter and summer activities.
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R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company Inc. / Pilot Rock
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