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published Jan 1, 2000

Trailbuilding Basics

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is a time-tested international trails program that teaches how to create environmentally sound and fun trails!


published Sep 1, 2000

Soil Stabilizers On Universally Accessible Trails

For the past several years, national forests around the country have been looking for ways to make areas more universally accessible, while maintaining a natural appearance that is not as distracting as concrete, asphalt, boardwalks, and other obviously manmade pathways.


published Dec 10, 2003

What’s Under Foot? Multi-use Trail Surfacing Options

Key criteria in arriving at a recommended trail surface.


published Sep 1, 2001

Technical Aspects of Asphalt Trail Design

A Guideline for the Design and Construction of Asphalt Pavements for Colorado Trails and Path


published Mar 1, 2007

Pathways to Trail Building

The intent of this 4th edition of a Tennessee Recreation Trails Manual is to help understand the dynamics of designing and building non-motorized trails.


published Jan 1, 2011

Nature Trail Development on Small Acreages

by University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

The purpose of this publication is to provide an introduction to trail design for those who intend to develop trails for nature walking, hiking, horseback riding or ATVs on less than 40 acres. Some technical aspects are presented for those planning to expend resources for constructing trails such as around schoolyards or community facilities or as part of a wildlife enterprise.


published Sep 1, 2007

Recreational Horse Trails in Rural and Wildland Areas: Design, Construction, and Maintenance

American Trails Magazine editor, Stuart Macdonald, reviews Dr. Wood's equestrian trail book.


published Aug 1, 2008

The Art of Building Crushed Stone Trails

by Tony Boone with Timberline TrailCraft

Crushed stone trails provide a user-friendly, all-season surface for all types and ages of visitors, including strollers, wheelchairs, and road bikes.


published May 3, 2018

FAQ: Is asphalt a good choice for a trail surface?

by American Trails Staff

Asphalt deteriorates over time and will require expensive maintenance to keep cracks and weeds and tree roots from making it unusable.


published Nov 1, 2005

Green Threads in the Urban Fabric

by Stuart Macdonald

A comprehensive look at the elements of greenways and their benefits to communities.


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Most Dependable Fountains, Inc.

Arlington, Tennessee

Most Dependable Fountains, Inc. provides communities with the best possible commercial outdoor drinking fountains, bottle fillers, outdoor showers, and water features available today.


5705 Commander Drive, Arlington, Tennessee 38002
(901) 867-0039

McGill Trail Fabrication

Silverthorne, Colorado

We are rider-driven build crew who love to produce the best quality, detailed and sustainable trails.


480 Palmers Drive, Silverthorne, Colorado 80498
[email protected]

Coffman Studio Landscape Architecture + Planning

Tempe, Arizona

Coffman Studio is a Tempe, Arizona based landscape architecture and planning firm formed in 2004, specializing in open space, parks, recreation, and multi-modal planning and design, such as historic landscape analysis an...


2126 S La Rosa Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282
(480) 478-9585 • [email protected]

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