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published Jun 30, 2016

Great Trails: Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences Guidebook (Nationwide)

by National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

The definitive guide for the planning, designing, constructing, managing and maintaining Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails


posted Jul 25, 2020

Trail Development: Considerations for Adaptive Mountain Biking

Learn how different communities have developed and maintained inclusive trails that can be used by mountain bikers of all abilities.


posted Dec 17, 2019

Equestrian Trail Design and Best Practices

Best practices for trail design planning, construction, and management in undeveloped natural areas and connecting to urban edge settings.



published Aug 3, 2003

Design and Management for Backcountry Horse Trails

by Jim Murphy with Back Country Horsemen of America

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 1, 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 Dec 31, 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.


posted Jan 4, 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.


posted Jul 25, 2020

Technology in Trail Building and Planning: Drones and LiDAR

The use of emerging and evolving technologies such as drones, photogrammetry, RTK GPS, 3D modeling, and LiDAR technology to inventory and analyze existing trail conditions.


published May 13, 2020

Submit Your Trail Infrastructure Projects for CARES Act Funding

by Liz Thorstensen with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020, provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to strengthen communities.


Results from the Business Directory


Black Diamond Trail Designs

China Grove, North Carolina

We specialize in sustainable design-build mountain bike trails. Single track, dirt jumps, pump tracks, we do it all. We also provide hiking, equestrian, and greenway trail solutions.


1155 Lawing Dr, China Grove, North Carolina 28023
(980) 218-0251 • [email protected]

Town 4 Trail Services LLC

Troy, Maine

Town 4 Trail Services, LLC is a trail planning, construction, and training company founded by Erin Amadon.


PO Box 155, Troy, Maine 04987
(207) 650-4983 • [email protected]

Northwest Trails, Inc.

Bellingham, Washington

Established in 1972, Northwest Trails Inc (NTI) is an industry leader with broad experience in all aspects trail design and construction.


PO Box 4323 | Street Address: 705 Chuckanut Drive North, Bellingham, Washington 98229
(360) 739-1123 • [email protected]

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