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posted Jan 26, 2018

Applying Foundations of Mountain Trail Sustainability to a Trail Network - Part 1 of 3

It is the first of a series of three on Sustainable Mountain Trails. Each webinar in this series is independent of each other and can be attended individually. Parts 2 and 3 will teach you to apply these principles to a trail network "One Trail at a Time, One Mile at a Time." The course includes Tools and Techniques, Examples, and Case Studies of mountain trail sustainability.


published Aug 2003

Design and Management for Backcountry Horse Trails

by Jim Murphy with Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA)

Trail conflict occurs: among different user groups, among different users within the same group, and as a result of factors not related to a users' trail activities.


published Dec 2007

Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds

by Jan Hancock with Hancock Resources LLC, Federal Highway Administration, USDA Forest Service

This guidebook provides practical guidelines for developing recreation environments that are sensitive to the needs of riders and their stock.


published Jan 2008

Building Sustainable Trails: Key Design Elements

by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Designing sustainable contour trails that reduce maintenance needs while providing a good experience for visitors.


published Sep 2006

Wake County, North Carolina, Trail Design Guidelines

​The Consolidated Open Space Plan (COSP) guides the work of Wake County's Open Space Program. The Plan presents policy recommendations, program guidelines and suggested methods that should be used by the County and its partners to conserve remaining open space.


published Dec 2006

Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

This 300-page spiral-bound publication, several years in the making, provides a first-ever comprehensive "how-to" guidebook for developing all types of recreational trails.


published Jan 2018

Optimizing Trail Grade: The Key to Creating Sought-After Trails

by Randy Martin with Trailscape

Designers and land managers should consider the benefits of lengthening trails to lower the average grade while at the same time including short sections that are much steeper.


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.


posted Dec 29, 2017

Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines Book - Minnesota

A "how-to guidebook"​ for developing trails.


posted Nov 16, 2017

Build a Sustainable Trail that Lasts 100 Years

This webinar explores the critical components and processes necessary for truly sustainable trail design and construction.


Results from the Business Directory


HILRIDE Progression Development Group LLC

Kensington, California

Hilride provides comprehensive consulting services for the design and development of bike parks, trails and destination riding areas.


139 Ardmore Road, Kensington, California 94707
(510) 789-3124 • [email protected]

Trail Design Specialists (Wisconsin)

Madison, Wisconsin

At Trail Design Specialists, our mission is to create trails that accentuate your area’s natural offerings, provide trail users with the opportunity to observe nature at its finest, and preserve our environment for futur...


329 W Wilson St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
(678) 410-8021 • [email protected]

Comprehensive Trail Services

​Manchester, New Hampshire

We believe trails should incorporate the best parts of nature and not be a distraction from the outdoor environment. From rocks to roots, we utilize all great aspects of the outdoors to enhance the experience for all dif...


456 Wellington Hill Rd, ​Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
(603) 493-4779 • [email protected]

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