A Core Track Presentation
The session describes New York’s emergence as a trail state, highlights advocacy and planning that paved the way, and offers takeaways for trail systems elsewhere.
by Karl Beard, Trail Planner, National Park Service, Andy Beers, Director of the Empire State Trail program, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Beth Campochiaro, Trails and Community Outreach Director, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Mona Caron, Program Manager, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Robin Dropkin, Executive Director, Parks and Trails New York, Sasha Eisenstein, Trail Manager and Business Development Specialist, New York State Canal Corporation, Scott Keller, Acting Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Greenway, Tom Sexton, Director, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
|In January 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an investment of $200 million in the Empire State Trail, a statewide system of multi-use trails linking New York City north to the Canadian border, and west to Buffalo. Stretching 750 miles, it will be the nation’s longest state trail system. Land-based explorers aren’t alone, however, as recent years have seen significant investments in the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail and now the New York State Canalway Water Trail - another 780 miles of adventure!
These systems are supported by trip-planning resources and promoted widely, enhancing their contributions to local economies and the overall outdoor recreation sector. Taken together, New York’s trails make the state a leader in outdoor recreation and adventure tourism. The session will describe New York’s emergence as a trail state, highlight advocacy and planning that paved the way, and offer takeaways for trail systems elsewhere.
These unique trails, partially funded by Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants, promote the importance of literacy, a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with nature.
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.
The Ford Motor Company will make a donation to American Trails via the Bronco Wild Fund to support on-the-ground trail projects across America.
Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.