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published Nov 2019

The Nature of Trail Aesthetics

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Trailshaping is a system of understanding in which simple, everyday forces shape (generate) the big picture, details, and nuances of all trails and all trail types, as well as context-specific trail planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management.


published Nov 2019

Trails Crossing on Active Railroad Lines

by Stuart Macdonald

One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line.


published Nov 2019

Safe Encounters with Horses on Shared-Use Trails

by Dianne Martin

American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.


published Nov 2019

Ramps for Accessible Trails and Shared-Use Pathways

by Stuart Macdonald

Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.


published Oct 2019

Steel Trail Bridges on Shared-use Urban Pathways

by Stuart Macdonald

A variety of steel-frame commercial bridges along typical multiple-use trails.


posted Oct 14, 2019

2020 Alabama Recreational Trails Conference

A fun and informative event with mobile workshops and speakers from across Alabama and the United States!


published Jan 2004

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.


published Aug 2018

Trails With Two Adjacent Treads

by Stuart Macdonald

Separate trails in the same corridor provide for different activities.


published Sep 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.


published Sep 2019

Interpretive Signs and Displays Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Trails and greenways create an opportunity to teach visitors about history, the environment, and the community


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Chapman's Sharp Crosscut Saws

Calpine, California

I became intrigued with crosscut saws when I first realized that sharpness of saw teeth did not always make for ease of sawing. Since that bit of insight, I've had a long satisfying career as a trail crew leader, I've ha...


PO Box 91 | 600 Main Street, Calpine, California 96124
(530) 994-3729 • [email protected]

Happy Trails, Inc.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Since 2006 Happy Trails has built mountain bike, hiking, ATV, cross-country ski, and multi-purpose trails all over Alaska. We have a full line-up of trail building machines and can bring machine-built quality and value ...


1600 College Road, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
(907) 322-5834 • [email protected]

Brinkley Sargent Wiginton

Dallas, Texas

Founded in 1975, Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects has been performing award-winning design for over four decades.


5000 Quorum Drive, Suite 600, Dallas, Texas 75254
(972) 960-9970 • [email protected]

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