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published Mar 2007

Basic Elements of Trail Design and Trail Layout

by American Trails Staff

The goal of trail building is to create a long-term relationship between humans and nature.


published Jan 2018

Brothers of the Brush Hook, an Interview with Charlie Dundas

by Mike Passo with American Trails

The thing that excites me is when I go out and I see people using our trails and I see families on the trails, you know? It pleases me and excites me that I’m beginning to, once again, see moms and dads and kids on trails, not just the mountain bikers.


published Mar 2022

Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths

by Larry Knutson with Penn Trails LLC

How can trail groups, local governments, and land trusts responsibly plan, develop, and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility? What are best management practices? What is legally required? When is universal accessibility not appropriate?


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Penn Trails LLC

Carisle, Pennsylvania

Penn Trails LLC, is an active member of the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA), North America's largest private sector group of professional trail specialists, contractors, designers and consultants.


PO Box 1337, Carisle, Pennsylvania 17013
(717) 486-4455 • [email protected]

Trailkeepers of Oregon

Portland, Oregon

In 2007, a group of concerned hikers founded Trailkeepers of Oregon. Our work takes the form of trail maintenance projects and advocacy work to restore proper funding to a resource so beneficial and beloved by Oregonians...


PO Box 14814, Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351

Treelines Northwest

Burlington, Washington

Treelines was conceived deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest around 2007. We are crew of trail builders not limited to mountain biking. Inspired by the outdoors is the basis of our designs and concepts. We are c...


105 Cedar Street, Burlington, Washington 98233
(360) 739-1123 • [email protected]

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