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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
tags: accessibility and accessible trails

published Jan 1, 2014

Multi-use Trail Surface Study

by Connecticut Equine Advisory Council

The Equine Advisory Council conducted research and interviews throughout Connecticut to determine project cost and general installation, maintenance, environmental impacts, and suitability for multiple user groups for various surface materials.

categories: Design and Building, Multi-use Trails, Surfacing

published Nov 25, 2013

Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines; Outdoor Developed Areas

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), are issuing a final rule that amends the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines by adding scoping and technical requirements for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, trails, and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies. The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails

published Jan 1, 2011

Universal Accessibility of "Accessible" Fitness and Recreational Facilities for Persons With Mobility Disabilities

by Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos with McMaster University, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis with McMaster University

This study descriptively measured the universal accessibility of “accessible” fitness and recreational facilities for Ontarians living with mobility disabilities.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails
tags: accessibility and accessible trails, recreation

published Aug 2, 2009

Florida National Forests Sign Plan for Motorized Trails

This plan is intended to be used as a guide in designing and purchasing signs and materials for trails on the National Forests in Florida. It is intended to allow flexibility and variability depending on specific site conditions.

categories: Design and Building, Signs & Interpretation
tags: signs

published May 1, 2008

Best Practices of Accessibility in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility

by Alison Voight, Gary Robb, Jennifer Skulski, Deborah Getz, Debbie Scharven

As a result of frequent inquiries regarding best practices from practitioners, NCA initiated this research study in order to ascertain which practices in the field of parks and recreation accessibility management exceed the minimum standards set forth by the ADA and other disability-related legislation.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails
tags: accessibility and accessible trails

published Sep 1, 2007

Road and Trail Intersection Safety

by Parks and Trails New York

The time has come to learn more about the needs and behaviors of motorists and trail users and ensure that design guidelines and laws and policies governing road and trail intersections fully provide for the safety of this increasingly prevalent type of traffic junction. The purpose of this study is to examine the current state of practice of the design and management of intersections between trails and roadways, gather feedback on road and trail intersection crashes and complaints, raise public awareness of the issue of road and trail intersection safety, and offer policy and design recommendations that will improve the safety of road and trail intersections.

categories: Design and Building

published Nov 1, 2001

Visitor Expectations and Perceptions of Program and Physical Accessibility in the National Park Service

by Rachel J. C. Chen, PhD

The purpose of the study was to identify the perceptions of people with disabilities relative to program and physical accessibility in the National Park Service.

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails
tags: accessibility and accessible trails

published Jan 1, 1993

Beach Access: Assist Devices and Surfaces

A Research Report of the National Center of Accessibility Original Study Conducted at Bradford Woods (1993)

categories: Design and Building, Accessible Trails, Surfacing
tags: accessibility and accessible trails, surfacing, surfaces

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Interior Trails

Healy, Alaska

Design, Build, Consult, Teach--Sustainable Trails for Alaska and Beyond.


PO Box 618, Healy, Alaska 99743
(907) 952-3517 • [email protected]

Americana Outdoors

Salem, Illinois

Shelters, Awnings, Patio Covers, Walkways and Carports.


PO Box 1290 | Street Address: 2 Industrial Drive, Salem, Illinois 62881
(866) 745-0571

Payette Environmental Services LLC

McCall, Idaho

Payette Environmental Services, LLC, was founded in 2018 and specializes in trail design and construction, recreation planning, and consulting.


410 Knights Rd, McCall, Idaho 83638
(208) 315-0447

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