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.
The Fort River Birding and Nature Trail is a universally accessible trail. It was presented with the 2014 Paul Winske Access Award by the Stavros Center for Independent Living.
For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance.
This research investigated the influence of several use-related, environmental, and managerial factors on soil loss on recreational trails and roads at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a unit of the U.S. National Park Service.
The sustainable management of ATV use is an expensive proposition requiring careful design, construction, and maintenance of ATV trails.