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posted Oct 10, 2019

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.

categories: Design and Building, Tools & Tool Use

published Feb 1, 2014

National Trail Surfaces Study

by U.S. Access Board, National Center on Accessibility

In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails, Best Practices

posted Apr 13, 2019

USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails

by USDA Forest Service

This guidebook was written to help designers and managers apply FSORAG and FSTAG to their work and to pro- vide guidance for integrating accessibility into outdoor recreation site and trail projects.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

posted Apr 11, 2019

North Country Trail Handbook

by North Country National Scenic Trail

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Construction

posted Apr 10, 2019

Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Sustainable Trail Guidelines

by National Park Service

The Sustainable Trail Guidelines were developed with two primary objectives: to evaluate and prioritize strategies that will improve the existing trail system, and to introduce new trails that can be managed with minimal resources.

categories: Design and Building, Best Practices


posted Jul 11, 2018

FAQ: What are the guidelines for constructing an ADA compliant remote access trail path in National Forests?

by American Trails Staff

On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

posted May 30, 2018

Construction and Maintenance Costs for Trails

Considering the many factors that go into estimating costs for building and managing trails, railtrails, and greenways with examples from Wisconsin.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Construction

posted May 23, 2018

Best Management Practices for Erosion Control During Trail Maintenance and Construction

Trail construction and maintenance may involve impacts to wetlands and other natural resources: an understanding of these impacts and methods to minimize them.

categories: Design and Building, Surfacing

posted May 23, 2018

Four Simple Tasks to Do Prior to Trail Design

Asking the right questions is a vital first step in effective planning of a trail project.

categories: Design and Building

Results from the Business Directory


Urban Trail Co.

Kansas City, Missouri

Urban Trail Co. is a memberless organization with a 7-member board and an advisory board of knowledgeable trail builders and trail user community representatives. Trail-building resources are allocated through five volun...


PO Box 158 | Street Address: 520 W 103rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64114

GPI | Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Babylon, New York

Since 1966, GPI has designed, managed and supported our clients on a wide array of projects. We’re employee-owned, known for our technical knowledge and commitment to getting each job done well. Our widely-recognized qua...


Corporate Office: 325 West Main Street, Babylon, New York 11702
(631) 587-5060 • [email protected]

Sutter Equipment Company

Mound House, Nevada

Sutter Equipment Company are currently the number one Trail Dozer manufacturer in the world! Sutter Equipment has sold hundreds of Trail Dozers, starting with the Sweco models that they designed and had manufactured, and...

American Trails Member


25 Cowee Drive, Mound House, Nevada 89706
(775) 246-8689 • [email protected]

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