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published Feb 2020

What is the Typical Width of a Shared-Use Trail?

by American Trails Staff

The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “It depends.”


published Aug 2019

What You Need to Know About Building Trails with Crusher Fines

by Lois Bachensky with USDA Forest Service

A crusher fine trail combines the rustic feeling of a natural surface trail with a surface type that's durable (but not concrete or asphalt). The natural gravel-like surface feels more like a trail than a hard surfaced path and fits in well with primitive settings.


published Dec 2003

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

Key criteria in arriving at a recommended trail surface.


published Aug 2019

Why You Might Consider Conservation Corps on Your Next Trail Project

by Hannah Traverse with The Corps Network

Why trail managers often engage Conservation Corps on maintenance projects, and why you might see more Corps on our trails.


posted Dec 29, 2017

Wild Rivers State Trail - Wisconsin

Decks were replaced on 12 rail-trail bridges to keep over 100 miles of trail open.


published Sep 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - C. Tools for a broader view

by American Trails Staff

Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.


posted Jan 16, 2018

Wisconsin: Rich Propp

Rich Propp, a volunteer with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, sets the bar high for the group’s Mobile Skills Crew.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Writing a Better Story

by Jennifer Rigby with The Acorn Group, Inc.

Strategies for captivating your trail audience.


published Sep 2019

WSDOT Shared-Use Path Design Manual

by Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

A Washington State DOT guide to designing shared-use paths.


published Aug 2018

Wyoming Invests in Trails at Glendo State Park

by Paul Gritten with Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources

Working together for a sustainable system of trails.


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Wood Product Signs

Parlin, Colorado

We collaborate with Rocky Mountain Aluminum to be your “One Stop Sign Shop”. We have been providing the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service with signs for over 29 years!


4890 County Road 76, Parlin, Colorado 81239
(970) 641-1675 • [email protected]

Snowhawk, LLC

Walpole, New Hampshire

Snowhawk, LLC specializes in customized trail design and wooden structures that enhance the trail experience. Owner, Lew Shelley, has many years of experience in trail design and construction as well as in carpentry and ...


25 Scovill Road, Walpole, New Hampshire 03608
(603) 543-7114 • [email protected]

S&S Trails LLC

Austin, Texas

Over 25 years experience specializing in multi-use singletrack trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.


512 Eberhart Ln # 1303, Austin, Texas 78745
(713) 446-6610 • [email protected]

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