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published Oct 2021
These Trail User Survey examples show how trails across the country are listening to their trail users to gather data for funding, maintenance, events, and more.
published Aug 2004
Roger Moore with North Carolina State University
This synthesis is intended to establish a baseline of the current state of knowledge and practice and to serve as a guide for trail managers and researchers.
published Sep 2020
Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC
Responsible equestrians should actively protect trees and other park structures when out on the trail. Equine expert Lora Goerlich gives her take on this topic.
published Feb 2016
In the USA, sales and use of “fat bikes” (bicycles with 75–120 mm-wide tires) have increased dramatically in the past five years. These bikes are designed to open new terrain to cyclists, including snow-covered trails and softer ground surfaces impossible to ride with a standard mountain bike. In this paper, we discuss the extent and possible trends of fat bike use, potential impacts, conflicts and land management approaches.
published Jul 2020
Contributing author and equine trail expert Lora Goerlich shares her thoughts on why leash laws need to be taken seriously.
published Mar 2020
OHV recreation provides vital funding for all trail types through a fuel tax that funds the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), yet too often there are conflicts between motorized trail users and the broader trail community. American Trails talked to Mathew Giltner of the Silver State Off-Road Alliance in Nevada about the importance of OHV trails, and how we can start bridging communication gaps.
published Jul 2014
American Trails Staff
Generally there are no difficulty ratings for OHV trails.
published Nov 2019
American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.
published Aug 2019
Jeff Marion with U.S. Geological Survey
A great how-to for developing educational programs and plans for managing, maintaining, and improving informal trails
Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
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?
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