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posted Oct 10, 2019

Choosing the Right Tools for Trail Work

by Jim Schmid

A wide variety of tools are available to layout, construct, and maintain trails. Local and individual preferences often dictate the kinds of tools which are chosen for various tasks.

categories: Design and Building, Tools & Tool Use

published Feb 1, 2014

National Trail Surfaces Study

by U.S. Access Board, National Center on Accessibility

In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails, Best Practices

posted Apr 13, 2019

USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails

by USDA Forest Service

This guidebook was written to help designers and managers apply FSORAG and FSTAG to their work and to pro- vide guidance for integrating accessibility into outdoor recreation site and trail projects.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

posted Apr 13, 2019

Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines (FSTAG)

by USDA Forest Service

The FSTAG and the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG) are the legally enforceable standards for use in outdoor recreation areas on the National Forest System for the facilities, routes, and features addressed in these guidelines.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

posted Apr 11, 2019

North Country Trail Handbook

by North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Construction


posted Jul 11, 2018

FAQ: What are the guidelines for constructing an ADA compliant remote access trail path in National Forests?

by American Trails Staff

On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

posted May 30, 2018

Construction and Maintenance Costs for Trails

Considering the many factors that go into estimating costs for building and managing trails, railtrails, and greenways with examples from Wisconsin.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Construction

posted May 23, 2018

Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction

Trail construction and maintenance may involve impacts to wetlands and other natural resources: an understanding of these impacts and methods to minimize them.

categories: Design and Building, Surfacing

posted May 23, 2018

Four Simple Tasks to Do Prior to Trail Design

Asking the right questions is a vital first step in effective planning of a trail project.

categories: Design and Building

Results from the Business Directory


Spectrum LLC

Indianapolis, Indiana

Spectrum LLC specializes in the design and construction of purpose built mountain bike and hiking trails. We have expertise with wooden bridges, natural stonework and utilizing local volunteer labor.


7493 Edgewater Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240
(317) 413-8343 • [email protected]

Cross Alert Systems, Inc.

Warwick, Rhode Island

Cross Alert Systems manufactures and sells solar powered, motion activated, radio-controlled enhanced warning signals for recreational trail/public road intersections.


20 Altieri Way Unit 3, Warwick, Rhode Island 02886
(866) 276-7725 • [email protected]

Flex Ground LLC

Tempe, Arizona

Innovative quality surfacing.


2140 East Cedar Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281
(602) 954-0000 • [email protected]

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