Blue Trails

Connecting Communities and Improving Recreation through River Protection

This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans.


Speakers: Matt Rice, Associate Director, Southeast Conservation, American Rivers; Judy Steckler, Executive Director, Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plain; Jane Polansky, Scenic Rivers Administrator, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans. We will explore the unique partnerships being formed and approaches being taken in South Carolina, Tennessee, and along the Mississippi Gulf coast to educate, enlighten, and inspire folks about the wonders of the waterways and the importance they play in natural drainage and ecosystem health. Information on developing public access areas to rivers, streams, and lakes as well as ways to engage landowners, communities, land trusts, and others will also be shared during this session.

Warriors on the Trail

Walking off the War!

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail, Valley, Alabama

The trail traces the path of the Chattahoochee Valley Railway, which was constructed by the West Point Manufacturing Company to serve several cotton mills along the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia border.

Crime, Property Values, Trail Opposition & Liability Issues

Three common concerns of trail opposition: crime will go up, property values will go down, liability and lawsuits.

An Equestrian Guide to Trail Etiquette

Following is basic “Share the trail Etiquette” that can improve the trail experience for all users.

Trail Horse Users: A Perspective on Progress

Equestrian trail users are awakening to the fact that we are recreating largely on public lands owned by more than 300 million citizens.