Advocacy and Promotion

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posted Jun 20, 2019

Counting Trail Users

by 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.

  tags: trail counter, capacity, multi-use, counting

posted Sep 12, 2018

Trails and Towns Together

Efforts to link “trail-to-town” have played a part in remaking communities. This webinar will include a case study of the first known “trail town” initiative - the Trail Town Program® along the Great Allegheny Passage.


posted Jul 23, 2018

Trails Community: Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Summerlin is one of three communities from across the nation selected to serve as fitting models for excellence in trails within a private development.

  tags: urban, economic, health, land, partnerships

posted May 30, 2018

Separate Trails Divide; Shared Trails Build Community

Besides being unnecessary, monitoring and enforcing separate trails is a management nightmare.

  tags: multi-use, safety, conflict

posted Mar 16, 2018

Trail Towns: Creating Memorable Destinations for Trail Users

Enhancing communities to benefit more from trail tourism along the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

  tags: magazine, tourism, bicycle

posted Mar 13, 2018

Trail Tourism: Promotion of the Katy Trail in Missouri

The Katy Trail is a 185-mile rails-to-trails conversion of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas-Railroad (nick-named the KATY). The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was able to acquire the right-of-way after Congress passed the National Trails System Act allowing railroad corridors to be banked for future transportation use and used on an interim basis for recreational trails.

  tags: advertising, tourism, marketing

posted Feb 5, 2018

Operations, Maintenance, and Stewardship 101

by Robert Searns with Robert Searns & Associates

It's not as glamorous as building the trail. There is no ribbon cutting for a maintenance program and seldom does upkeep win a national award. Yet, operations, maintenance, and stewardship are essential to the safe use, enjoyment, and long-term success of any trail.

  tags: sustainability, risk management, safety, cost, revenue, marketing

posted Feb 5, 2018

Understanding the National Recreation Trails Program and National Water Trails System

This webinar is an introduction to the National Recreation Trails Program and the National Water Trails System.

  tags: free webinar

posted Jan 16, 2018

Tennessee: Daniel Reese

Dan grew up in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee hiking and camping in wonderful forested areas.


posted Jan 16, 2018

Texas: Friends of Northaven Trail

The Friends of the Northaven Trail, Inc. (“FoNHT”) was formed as a community-sponsored Friends Group in a collaborative partnership with Dallas neighborhoods, the City of Dallas (the “City”), and Dallas County for the purpose to develop and maintain a multi-use hike and bike trail.

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