posted Nov 11, 2019

“Walk Easy; Hike Strong”: A Veteran’s Journey of Discovery on the Arizona Trail

by Mike Buckley

Warrior Expeditions is a nonprofit group that helps veterans by giving them the opportunity to participate in outdoor expeditions with the intent of improving the transition back into civilian life.

  tags: veterans, hiking

posted Nov 7, 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.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, safety, shared use

posted Nov 6, 2019

2019 American Trails Costume Contest Results

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Thank you to everyone who participated in our second annual costume contest!


posted Nov 1, 2019

Yellowjackets on the Trail

by Lora Goerlich

This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail.

  tags: safety, horses and equestrian trails

posted Oct 29, 2019

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1 (The What and Why of JEDI)

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) are all hot topics in the outdoors world, getting more attention than ever, and increasingly being recognized for their importance.

  tags: diversity, equality and inclusion, jedi

posted Oct 16, 2019

Eleven National Recreation Trails to visit this October

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

October is the official month for all things spooky, which means for trail enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to visit these sinisterly named National Recreation Trails.

  tags: national recreation trails (nrt)

posted Oct 15, 2019

Public Lands Alliance

We connect, strengthen and represent the nonprofit partners of America's public lands.

  tags: public lands

posted Oct 15, 2019

Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS)

Texas Recreation and Park Society advances the quality of life industry through Connections, Advocacy, Resources and Education (Care).

  tags: education, training

posted Oct 15, 2019

BikeTexas

BikeTexas envisions millions of people riding bikes. Bicycling is an everyday, mainstream activity in communities across Texas.

  tags: bicycle, trails as transportation

posted Oct 15, 2019

California Department of Parks and Recreation - Trails and Greenways

California Trails & Greenways provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for urban, rural, and backcountry trail professionals. Join leading trail experts for training and discussions on the latest advances in trail design, construction, maintenance, interpretation, volunteerism, and management. Explore new, collaborative opportunities and engage in productive, meaningful, and inspiring dialog.

  tags: trail design, construction, partnerships

posted Oct 15, 2019

Virginia's United Land Trusts (VaULT)

We support Virginia’s diverse conservation community to magnify and amplify land conservation efforts and achieve widespread protection of the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and scenic resources, ensuring their long term benefits for all Virginians.

  tags: conservation and environment

posted Oct 15, 2019

International Snowmobile Congress (ISC)

The International Snowmobile Council is dedicated to promoting safe and responsible snowmobiling. It provides a communication forum and a means of addressing issues that are common from an international perspective.

  tags: snowmobile, snow and winter trails, safety

posted Oct 15, 2019

Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer is the world’s leading business-to-business outdoor sports show where industry brands, retailers, reps, designers, suppliers and leaders gather.


posted Oct 15, 2019

Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)

We inform transportation decision making through research, building the capacity of the transportation workforce, supporting the education of future transportation professionals, and engaging students in research.

  tags: trails as transportation

posted Oct 14, 2019

Texas Trail Looks to Connect Austin to San Antonio

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association is working to create a multi-use trail that will connect two of the lone star state's largest cities, Austin and San Antonio.

  tags: historic

posted Oct 14, 2019

Landmark Learning

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains alongside Cane Creek, Landmark Learning supports two campuses on 40+ acres of mountainside with optional lodging onsite.

  tags: training

posted Oct 10, 2019

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings.

  tags: training

posted Oct 8, 2019

Ramble On: A History of Hiking

by Jim Schmid

An American Trails book review by Jim Schmid.

  tags: historic, walking, hiking

posted Oct 4, 2019

Wheeler Wordwide International

WHEELER is dedicated to supplying bicycles to satisfied customers around the world since 1975. Innovation is what WHEELER is all about.

  tags: bicycle

posted Oct 2, 2019

American Trails 2019 Costume Contest is Now Open

by American Trails Staff

October is here, which means it's time to enter the 2nd annual American Trails Costume Contest!


posted Sep 25, 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, construction, maintenance, backcountry

posted Sep 20, 2019

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

To conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources, preserve historic landmarks, and promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail and other greenways.

  tags: conservation and environment

posted Sep 17, 2019

Missouri River Relief

Missouri River Relief is a community, volunteer and equipment-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education events and stewardship activities.

  tags: volunteers

posted Sep 4, 2019

Why YOU Should Submit Your Trail for National Recreation Trail (NRT) Designation

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Find out more about the National Recreation Trail program and the steps needed to apply.

  tags: national recreation trails (nrt), advocacy


posted Aug 9, 2019

New Orleans City Park

City Park is a 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks.

  tags: parks, greenways and open space, livable communities

posted Aug 8, 2019

AORE - AEE Conference 2019

The AORE - AEE Conference is the gathering of friends and colleagues, a place to improve performance and meet new people in your field.


posted Aug 8, 2019

Massachusetts Trails Conference

The health and happiness of people across Massachusetts depend on the accessibility and quality of our green infrastructure – our natural resources, recreational facilities, and great historic landscapes.


posted Aug 8, 2019

2019 World Canals Conference

The WCC will be hosted on September 26-28, 2019 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, and the World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organisation (WHCCCCO).


posted Aug 6, 2019

Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

Spanning nearly 400 miles across eight counties, this backcountry trail system provides for a variety of trail uses, including all-terrain vehicle use, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, historic, mountain biking, off-highway vehicles (ohv), travel & tourism, backcountry

posted Aug 6, 2019

2020 OPRA Conference & Trade Show

Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Conference & Trade Show is the largest gathering of Parks and Recreation decision-makers in Ohio.


posted Aug 1, 2019

OuterSpatial

Where land managers and visitors share adventures.


posted Aug 1, 2019

2020 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference

Network with 200+ planners, landscape architects, engineers, municipal decision-makers, parks & recreation professionals, advocates


posted Jul 29, 2019

American Trails - NRT database ad


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Elachee Nature Science Center

Elachee is a regional environmental education center and recreation destination to unplug, reconnect with nature and learn.


posted Jul 24, 2019

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, Inc.

Founded 50 years ago, VAST is responsible for the organization of the sport of snowmobiling, maintaining and grooming over 4,700 miles of trails in Vermont. One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization that includes 127 clubs statewide, with over 24,000 members combined. The clubs and their steadfast volunteers, and the landowners that allow riders to cross their land are the backbones of the organization.

  tags: snowmobile, snow and winter trails


posted Jul 22, 2019

Calvin Kangas - Doing What He Loved

by American Trails Staff

Calvin was a very passionate and dedicated volunteer who always had a smile on his face. He took over the role of president of the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) a couple of years ago and has accomplished a lot of great work and built strong relationships within the local and surrounding communities.

  tags: memorial

posted Jul 19, 2019

Cheqamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) is a volunteer, 501(c) 3 tax-exempt non-profit. Our mission: To support mountain bike advocacy, education, sustainable trail development and tourism in the Chequamegon Area in partnership with the U.S Forest Service, local governments and agencies and private landowners.

  tags: bicycle, mountain biking

posted Jul 16, 2019

CA Parks and Recreation Society Annual Conference

The CPRS Conference & Expo is returning to Sacramento March 19-22, 2019.


posted Jul 16, 2019

PA Parks & Recreation Society Conference

Developed by PRPS Staff and a Committee of your peers, this is the elite professional development event for park and recreation professional in PA!


posted Jul 16, 2019

Outdoor Retailers Winter Show Conference

The largest global B2B trade events serving the outdoor industry.


posted Jul 10, 2019

House Creek Greenway, Raleigh, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Large-scale sculptures are featured along this urban trail and bikeway which also includes the Reedy Creek Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North Carolina.

  tags: art on trails, greenways and open space


posted Jul 2, 2019

Wyoming Conservation Corps

The Wyoming Conservation Corps’s mission is to promote individual development, stewardship, and education through localized national service.

  tags: conservation corps, conservation and environment

posted Jul 2, 2019

A Cross-Country Trail to Connect a Nation: The Great American Rail-Trail

by Ryan Chao with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC)

The route of Great American Rail-Trail was formally revealed during a cross-country live event on May 8, 2019.


posted Jun 24, 2019

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

An organization of stewards and guardians, passionate about caring for the public land we all love and engaging our community to protect it.

  tags: conservation and environment

posted Jun 19, 2019

Photos from the International Trails Symposium in Syracuse

American Trails hosted the 24th International Trails Symposium and Training Institute in Syracuse, New York April 28 - May 1, 2019.


posted Jun 11, 2019

Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc.

Africatown~C.H.E.S.S. exists to ensure that the Africatown community, in Mobile, Alabama is Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, & Sustainable. Through our partnership with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium, and the Kellogg Foundation, we will implement strategies and the best practices to improve the quality of life in our regions most underserved areas.


posted Jun 11, 2019

Huts in the USA: Where, Why, and How to Responsibly Expand Access to Nature

by Sam Demas with Hut2hut.info

A concise presentation of the roles hut systems can play in the educational and recreational opportunity spectrum of America.

  tags: education, trailsnext videos, huts and backcountry shelter systems

posted Jun 11, 2019

Africatown Connections Blueway: Healing Begins by Reclaiming Our Heritage and Happiness

by Elizabeth Smith-Incer with National Park Service, Joe Womack with Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc.

Preserving and making available the international historical significance of Africatown.

  tags: partnerships, historic, trailsnext videos

posted Jun 5, 2019

Steffey Trail Connections


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Connecticut Trail Census

A statewide volunteer-based data collection and education program on multi-use trails


posted Jun 5, 2019

Oregon State University - College of Forestry

The Oregon State University College of Forestry is an internationally recognized leader that is transforming education, research and policy for managing and sustaining working forest ecosystems in the 21st century.


posted Jun 5, 2019

"Plainting" the Trail

by Chris Gensic with City of Charlottesville

Trail Talk handout

  tags: landscape architect

posted Jun 4, 2019

Trailhead Labs

Getting people outside with innovative technology.


posted Jun 3, 2019

University of Southern Maine

  tags: education

posted Jun 3, 2019

Lindsay Ashlin

Lindsay Ashlin is an avid mountain bike rider and bush walker in Tasmania’s pristine wilderness, Lindsay is passionate about his role as Supervisor Track Management for the City of Hobart. For nearly twenty years Lindsay has worked to carve and maint...


posted May 30, 2019

Northwest Trail Alliance

Northwest Trail Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. We are one of the Northwest’s leading mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship groups.


posted May 30, 2019

Pacific Northwest Trail Association

We created the Pacific Northwest Trail and advocated for its place in our National Trails System — the gold standard for long-distance trails in America. Today, we strive to build a better PNT and to improve access with trail information and outreach.

  tags: long-distance trails

posted May 24, 2019

September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance was formed in 2004 for the sole purpose of establishing a memorial trail that will link the planned and existing memorial sites at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the Flight 93 National Memorial.


posted May 24, 2019

Yellowstone County Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Yellowstone County Planning Board is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and oversees transportation planning for the Billings Urban Area. The area encompasses the City of Billings as well as a planning area extending approximately 4.5 miles outside the City limits.


posted May 16, 2019

National Park Geek

National Park Geek™ is more than a line of products. We aim to enhance your National Park experience through our website / social media and become a place you can share your love and geekiness for our parks. With our Instagram account we hope to inspire you to all that our National Parks have to offer from scenic beauty to historic sites. We strive to have our hashtag #nationalparkgeek to be a place to plan your next adventure and see the best that our National Parks provide.


posted May 16, 2019

Modern Hiker

Modern Hiker was founded by Casey Schreiner in December, 2006 as a way to document his explorations around the Los Angeles area as he learned how to hike, transitioning from an indoor kid who actively avoided sunshine to a seasoned hiker who has trekked challenging trails all over the world.


posted May 1, 2019

The American Canoe Association (ACA)

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

  tags: youth and kids on trails

posted Apr 29, 2019

Outdoors For All

The Outdoors for All Foundation transforms lives through outdoor recreation. Founded in 1979 in the Pacific Northwest, Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Each year more than 2,900 individuals exercise their abilities thanks to the training and support of more than 800 volunteers. Outdoors for All’s programs includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, youth and adult day camps, yoga, military programs, weekend excursions and custom events.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails, youth and kids on trails

posted Apr 22, 2019

New York State Horse Council

The New York State Horse Council (NYSHC) is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. The NYSHC is your official clearing house for information on horses and horse-related activities within or affecting the state of New York. As professional horse people, we have been proudly serving the New York State horse community since 1966. The NYSHC is the official representative voice for New York horse owners. We create a strong, unified voice for all interests toward the preservation of a future for horses in New York State.


posted Apr 9, 2019

Ten National Recreation Trails to Check Out in New York

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

In honor of the International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, being held in Syracuse, New York this month, we have put together a list of ten National Recreation Trails to visit in New York State. These are just a sample of the dozens of NRTs located in New York State, so get out there and explore.


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Arizona State University

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s most innovative school, Arizona State University is where students and faculty work with NASA to develop, advance and lead innovations in space exploration.a


posted Apr 4, 2019

Pachner & Associates, LLC

Pachner Risk Management, LLC is an insurance consulting firm specializing in Risk Management services.


posted Apr 4, 2019

The Equestrian Trail Riders Lifestyle

by Lora Goerlich

A guide to keeping horses and the equestrian lifestyle.





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CRT's Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards 2019 - Call for Nominations

by American Trails Staff

Nominations for the 2019 Coalition for Recreational Trails Achievement Awards are due May 1, 2019.

  tags: coalition for recreational trails (crt), recreational trails program (rtp)

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Conservation United Insurance

Conservation United is a specialty environmental insurance Agency that is uniquely designed as an Environmental Risk Resource Group on a retail insurance platform.


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posted Mar 25, 2019

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails


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Gotcha

Syracuse students, parents, and visitors have a new way to cruise around town. The Sync Bike Share system helps you get to top destinations throughout the city around the clock. Swing by any of the many campuses, restaurants, and cultural destination, or just use pedal power to jazz up your daily commute.


posted Mar 25, 2019

Seek Dry Goods

Our mission is to provide quality, authentic and responsibly sourced lifestyle goods to our fellow Seekers. A Seeker is someone who lives for the outdoors and is always seeking the next adventure.


posted Mar 25, 2019

New Belgium Brewing Company


posted Mar 22, 2019

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.

  tags: national recreation trails (nrt)

posted Mar 19, 2019

ContourLogic LLC

ContourLogic specializes in Planning + Design for smart trail systems. We also provide Development, Training + Construction Management.


posted Mar 19, 2019

Natureshape, LLC

Natureshape, LLC is a trail consulting and education organization based in Boulder, Colorado.


posted Mar 11, 2019

Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Huts & Trails provides inviting backcountry experiences among Maine's western mountains, inspiring reverence for the Northern Forest, modeling environmental stewardship and strengthening the local economy.

  tags: huts and backcountry shelter systems

posted Feb 20, 2019

Utah Avalanche Center

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The state of Utah has used innovative programming to keep their citizens safe from avalanche dangers. Although they cannot completely prevent avalanches from occurring, they are educating the public through the Utah Avalanche Center about ways to avoid triggering an avalanche, and how to stay safe should one occur.

  tags: snow and winter trails, safety, recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Feb 19, 2019

2018 NRT Photo Contest Winners Announced

by American Trails Staff

The results are in! Here are our picks from the 136 photos submitted for the 2018 photo contest.


posted Feb 19, 2019

Black History Has Always Played an Important Role in the Trails World

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

February is Black History Month, and a perfect time to shine a light on some well known, and some lesser known, ways in which African Americans have helped shape our nation's trail and park history.

  tags: historic

posted Feb 18, 2019

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posted Feb 8, 2019

Terrabilt, Inc.

Signage that clearly welcomes, guides, and informs visitors

  tags: trail signs

posted Feb 6, 2019

The Five Best National Recreation Trails for Valentine’s Day

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan an outing to one of America’s National Recreation Trails. Nothing is more romantic than time spent together outdoors, and since National Recreation Trails are some of the finest trails our country has to offer, planning a date on one of these trails is a sure fire way to create an unforgettable holiday.


posted Jan 31, 2019

Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a community of wilderness minded and hardworking individuals, dedicated to connecting wilderness with the people who work, live, and play within it. The efforts of the SBFC community protect and preserve the natural, pristine character of wilderness.


posted Jan 25, 2019

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ken set out with a simple goal: brew the beers he wanted to drink. He started small, with a homebrew shop, a love of American hops and plenty of passion. In the process, he changed the beer world forever. Decades later, he's still at it, and the passion burns brighter than ever. In the 1980's Grossman began planning a new small-scale brewery based in Chico, CA. He took inspiration from the nearby mountains -the Sierra Nevada mountain range- and launched Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. In 2014, Sierra Nevada opened a second brewery in Mills River, NC, to increase brewing capacity and provide fresh beer more quickly to a growing number of fans east of the Mississippi River.


posted Jan 20, 2019

Bugline Trailhead Train Depot, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

The Bugline Trail, located roughly 20 miles northeast of Milwaukee, is getting a big trailhead upgrade from the Village of Sussex, located around the halfway point of the trail. The old Sussex train depot will now serve as a trailhead complete with bathrooms, a bike repair station, and a space for community rentals.

  tags: recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Jan 15, 2019

Rockingham Community College

Duke Energy TRAILS at Rockingham Community College has developed a sustainable trail skills training sequence of classes for varying skill levels, interests, and needs.


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Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, informing the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and restoring and improving the management of wild lands.



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Western Wood Preservers Institute

Since 1947, WWPI has represented the interests of the preserved wood products industry throughout western North America. The membership consists of companies that either manufacture products, are directly affiliated or provide a service to the preserved wood industry.




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Trails for America

by National Park Service

A 1966 study headed by Stuart Udall on the feasibility of a National Trails System

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Intermediate Trail Assessment-Field Experience (prerequisite required)

Participants will build on the skills and knowledge they gained in the sustainable trail assessment class.


posted Dec 18, 2018

Sustainable Trail Construction with Mechanized Equipment

Participants will gain an introduction into the world of mechanized trail building. Students will train on a variety of mini-excavators and a Sutter trail dozer. Tri-State Company, Inc., from Huntington, WV, will be instructing the class.


posted Dec 18, 2018

Intermediate Trail Planning, Design and Layout - Field Experience (prerequisite required)

Participants will build on the skills and knowledge they gained in the sustainable trail planning, design, and layout class.


posted Dec 18, 2018

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Offered by Landmark Learning, an affiliate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help outdoor leaders prepare for the unexpected.


posted Dec 18, 2018

Sustainable Trail Assessment, Permitting, and Contracting

Participants will learn how to take a critical look at trails to assess condition, maintenance, and safety. The session will also cover potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects. Students will discuss how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the "trail experience", and they will also learn and discuss how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. Participants will complete desktop trail reviews, assess existing trails and proposed reroutes on the Rockingham Community College campus, discuss permits, and create contracts based on assessment results.


posted Dec 14, 2018

Sandy Hook Remembered

by American Trails Staff

Permanent Memorial to Take Shape under the Watchful Eyes of Two SWA Designers


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Avenza Maps

Avenza Maps™ is a mobile map app that allows you to download maps for offline use on your iOS and Android smartphone or tablet. Use your device's built-in GPS to track your location on any map.



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posted Nov 27, 2018

Maryland Park Service

The Maryland Park Service is dedicated to providing affordable outdoor recreation and educational opportunities in diverse landscapes for visitors each year.


posted Nov 16, 2018

Medina River Greenway, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The 7-mile trail near downtown San Antonio provides a beautiful, pastoral setting to enjoy nature, history, and recreation along the banks of the sinuous Medina River.


posted Nov 16, 2018

Five National Recreation Trails to Visit this Thanksgiving

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Check out these five National Recreation Trails that are perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving!


posted Nov 16, 2018

Discovering the North Country Trail

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Dedicated volunteers are working to improve and complete the trail that runs across seven northern states.

  tags: long-distance trails

posted Nov 14, 2018

Lafitte Greenway Corridor, New Orleans, Louisiana

by Stuart Macdonald

RTP funding helped convert this utility corridor into a multiuse recreational and transportation trail route.

  tags: recreational trails program (rtp), utility corridor

posted Nov 13, 2018

The World is Our Classroom

by Jim Schmid

Cindy's story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas.

  tags: book review, youth and kids on trails

posted Nov 8, 2018

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posted Nov 6, 2018

Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Established in 1989, Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) is a private, non-profit organization working to develop the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and National Heritage Area in Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties. The OECC provides educational programs, events, and publications about the Canalway, while developing strong working relationships with partners to preserve and interpret the natural, historical and recreational resources throughout the area.


posted Oct 19, 2018

Torres del Paine Legacy Fund


posted Oct 18, 2018

50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act

by Leigh Schmidt with Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)

The historical events that led us to a robust nationwide movement for trails of all kinds

  tags: historic, long-distance trails

posted Oct 17, 2018

20,000th Recreational Trails Program Project: Wild Goose State Trail

by American Trails Staff

The RTP Database now houses 20,000 RTP Projects! These projects have received $944,000,000 and have been matched by over $562,000,000, for a total of $1,506,000,000. RTP funding requires at least a 20% match. Please note that RTP funding has leveraged nearly 60% in additional support from other sources of funding!

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posted Sep 12, 2018

Mount Umunhum National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

The 3.7-mile multi-use trail climbs to one of the few publicly accessible peaks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  tags: urban trails, nature trail

posted Sep 12, 2018

Martin Van Buren Nature Trail, New York

by American Trails Staff

The trail system at the Martin Van Buren Natural Historic Site leads to meadows, a stream, and marshland, and highlights notable trees, shrubs, flowers, and wildlife.

  tags: urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenways and open space, historic, backcountry, nature trail, snow and winter trails

posted Sep 10, 2018

New trail honors Johnny Cash


posted Sep 10, 2018

Coldwater Mountain Biking Trail System, Alabama

by Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

Sandwiched halfway between the major metropolitan areas of Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA is the small town and big trail dreams of Anniston, AL and its 4,000-acre open space, Coldwater Mountain.

  tags: recreational trails program (rtp), mountain biking

posted Sep 8, 2018

Waterviews Books & Photography


posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part F. Species and places of special interest

by American Trails Staff

While some species (such as bald eagle and Ute ladies-tresses orchids) and habitats (such as wetlands) have legal status that must be respected in the process of trail building, others may deserve special attention because of the value placed on them by a local community.

  tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Aug 30, 2018

Shawnee National Forest - Shawnee Volunteer Corps

The Shawnee Volunteer Corps is a program within the agency that offers comprehensive volunteer opportunities to local, regional, and national volunteers. Shawnee National Forest is part of the National Forest system and is located in southern Illinois.

  tags: volunteers

posted Aug 30, 2018

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands provides online courses and onsite programs designed for those in the parks, recreation and tourism professions.

  tags: training

posted Aug 29, 2018

USFWS National Conservation Training Center

The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) offers a unique and diverse range of conservation training courses, designed by and for the conservation professional. Topics range from coldwater fish culture to habitat conservation planning, from environmental negotiation to building community support for natural resource programs.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Marshall University

The Recreation and Park Resources program at Marshall University offers a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in parks and conservation. Marshall University students will now be able to obtain a minor in off-highway vehicle recreation. The first course in the series was offered on campus in the spring of 2003 and the second course was offered in the spring of 2004. Since then, each course has been offered online.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

The National Wilderness Preservation System is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service. In a spirit of cooperation these four agencies established the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center to "foster interagency excellence in wilderness stewardship by cultivating knowledgeable, skilled and capable wilderness managers and by improving public understanding of wilderness philosophy, values and processes."


posted Aug 29, 2018

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society

PRPS is the principal statewide association providing professional development, leadership, advocacy and resources for those working and volunteering in the parks and recreation field.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri

The Missouri Master Trail Builder program provides training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about building and maintaining primitive trails. The program's contains 10 4-hour courses to choose from.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Natural Areas Training Academy

Managed by the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, NATA brings together regional land management experts from numerous agencies and organizations, as well as extension specialists and agents to provide training and share experiences with newer land managers.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Outdoor Stewardship Institute

OSI provides high quality outdoor stewardship training to volunteers, land management agencies, and other stewardship organizations in Colorado and around the country. Volunteers and staff from any agency can take advantage of OSI’s low-cost training courses to learn new skills and prepare for leadership roles. OSI works with experts in the field to develop and teach in-depth curriculum.

  tags: training, volunteers

posted Aug 29, 2018

Alaska Trails

Alaska Trails mission is to enhance the Alaska trail experience by supporting sustainable, world-renowned trails through advocacy, education and technical assistance.


posted Aug 29, 2018

Trails Unlimited LLC

We have over 45 years experience in trail planning, design, layout, and construction of non-motorized and motorized trail management.


posted Aug 28, 2018

Volunteers maintain Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in Montana

The Chief Joseph Ski Trail System in southwest Montana provides for easy and safe use by a variety of winter visitors.

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posted Aug 27, 2018

Accessibility improved on Lake Mead trails

by Christie Vanover

Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s two National Recreation Trails, the Historic Railroad Trail and River Mountains Loop Trail, received funding for surface and drainage improvements to ensure that the trails are in good condition for years to come.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails

posted Aug 27, 2018

Wyoming invests in trails at Glendo State Park

by Paul Gritten with Wyoming State Parks

Working together for a sustainable system of trails.

  tags: volunteers, recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Aug 24, 2018

Students develop Salmon, Idaho’s podcast trail

by Gina Knudson with Salmon Valley Stewardship

Local students wrote and narrated short podcasts to educate visitors of the trail about natural and local history.

  tags: technology, youth and kids on trails

posted Aug 23, 2018

River's Edge National Recreation Trail, Montana

by American Trails Staff

Whether biking, jogging, in-line skating, running or walking is your favorite outdoor activity, the 53 miles of the River's Edge Trail in Great Falls is the perfect venue. The 19 miles of paved urban trail links many local parks and attractions along both sides of the scenic Missouri River.

  tags: greenways and open space, urban trails, shared use, accessibility and accessible trails, mountain biking, wildlife and habitat, snow and winter trails

posted Aug 22, 2018

Monty Montgomery, Ozark Greenways

Past President of Ozark Greenways, Monty Montgomery, passed away on August 19, 2018. He was an avid supporter and longtime friend of Ozark Greenways. He inspired countless individuals to explore our beautiful Ozarks through bicycling, hiking, and running all while promoting fun and fellowship.

  tags: memorial


posted Aug 14, 2018

Fort River Birding and Nature Trail, Massachusetts

by American Trails Staff

The one-mile trail provides a chance to enjoy the natural world at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: nature trail, accessibility and accessible trails, birding, snow and winter trails

posted Aug 14, 2018

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

by American Trails Staff

This designated National Recreation Trail runs 4.18 miles through northern Delaware and includes Recreational Trails Program funding.

  tags: health, accessibility and accessible trails, partnerships, mountain biking, nature trail, urban trails, recreational trails program (rtp)

posted Aug 3, 2018

Blue Ridge Services, Inc.

At its core, the Blue Ridge Services, Inc. company is about one thing: the practical application of process improvement. Whether its improving a landfill’s airspace consumption, increasing safety at a materials recovery facility (MRF), or conducting on-site training at a transfer station, our team is grounded in decades of operational experience and a strong background in process improvement tools. Founded in 1988 by Neal Bolton, Blue Ridge Services is a professional consulting firm specializing in solid waste operations and efficiency improvement, facility management, planning, online media training, on-site training and environmental monitoring/maintenance. As a consulting company, Blue Ridge Services strives to provide clients with quality, cost-effective consulting and engineering services. Since 1988, we have had the in-house capability and proprietary platforms to provide practical and economical waste consulting services for our clients.


posted Aug 2, 2018

FAQ: The difference between a National Historic, Scenic and Recreation Trail

by American Trails Staff

The difference is usually ones of scale, significance, and administration responsibility and how they are designated.

  tags: faq, historic, long-distance trails

posted Aug 1, 2018

FAQ: What is the definition of a trail?

by American Trails Staff

What a trail means in legal terms.

  tags: faq, policy

posted Aug 1, 2018

New York State's Erie Canalway Trail

Bringing new life to communities along a 200-year-old industrial corridor.

  tags: historic, partnerships, volunteers, canal

posted Jul 26, 2018

Syracuse zeroes in on deal with Gotcha Bike for bike-share program

In his State of the City address in January, Mayor Ben Walsh announced he would bring bike-sharing to Syracuse. His administration has made good on that and is now seeking approval from the city council.



posted Jul 24, 2018

Braille trail building and renovation

by American Trails Staff

Braille trails and sensory gardens offer sustainable and accessible ways to safely experience the outdoors and provide opportunities to interact with nature.

  tags: maintenance, accessibility and accessible trails

posted Jul 23, 2018

An Overview of Nebraska's Cowboy Trail

Cowboy Trail, Nebraska's first office State Recreational Trail.

  tags: economic, bicycle, travel & tourism, walking

posted Jul 23, 2018

FAQ: Should golf carts be allowed on paved trails in a small community?

by American Trails Staff

Ultimately, this can be an accessibility issue if you want to deal with that.

  tags: faq, editorial, mobility devices, e-bikes (electric bicycles)

posted Jul 19, 2018

John Favro

John Favro has 40 years of trail management, construction, and maintenance experience with the U.S. Forest Service in California, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and North Dakota. He also worked in the country of Jordan developing outfitter camps and camel trails. John has instructed for 8 years as a trail instructor teaching sustainable trail planning, construction and maintenance for the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in many states throughout the United States. John's experience includes working on trails and projects for hikers, bikers, ATV, and multiple use trails. He has also worked extensively on equestrian-related trail projects (backcountry packing, trail & pleasure riding, endurance & distance riding, etc.). John is involved in supporting the trails "industry." He serves as the Chairman of American Trails and works closely with the Backcountry Horsemen of Montana. He is also a member of the Professional Trail Builders.



posted Jul 13, 2018

Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

Since 1983, the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) has been serving the outdoor recreation profession. It is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access. Our Vision


posted Jul 11, 2018

FAQ: Are service dogs allowed on publicly accessible preserves?

by American Trails Staff

Requirements for visiting parks with a service dog or pet may vary, so be sure to check each park's regulations before you visit.

  tags: faq, parks, dogs on trails

posted Jul 11, 2018

The History of American Trails

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The history of American Trails is a history of trail giants. Of people who, decades ago, before there were positions like state trails coordinator, or books like Wild, espousing the healing power of trails, stood up and said to everyone who would listen, we need to realize the value of trails. Men and women who embodied the quote from French poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”


posted Jul 2, 2018

Horses as Trail Users

Horses are the only means of transport into the wilderness that has a mind of its own.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, editorial

posted Jul 1, 2018

Longest trails: longest paved trail and longest ice skating trail

by American Trails Staff

Do you know of a longer paved trail anywhere? a longer skating trail? other record trails? Let us know at !


posted Jun 27, 2018

Warriors on the Trail

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Walking off the War!

  tags: veterans

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posted Jun 9, 2018

University of Tennessee


posted Jun 8, 2018

Hiking is for all Abilities

The beauty of hiking is that it is for all abilities. Opportunities for accessible trails as well as more challenging routes can be found in every corner of America.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails, hiking

posted Jun 7, 2018

International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA)

IASA is the leading source providing statistics, guidelines, and resources to its membership and the snowmobile users aligned with IASA. Past, current, and ongoing resources include IASA's International Snowmobile Directory, Guide to Snowmobiling in the USA and Canada by State and Province, Guidelines for Groomer Operator Training, Guidelines for Snowmobile Trail Signing and Placement, Renting Snowmobiles Successfully: A Guide to Best Business Practices, safety videos used with the Snowmobile Safety and You Manual, and Snowmobile Safety Education Minimum Guidelines.

  tags: snowmobile, snow and winter trails

posted Jun 6, 2018

Harvard University


posted Jun 6, 2018

2018 Annual CRT Achievement Awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails is pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.

  tags: coalition for recreational trails (crt)

posted Jun 4, 2018

19 new National Recreation Trails added to the National Trail System

by American Trails Staff

19 new National Recreation Trails in 17 states, adding more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system of more than 1,000 trails in all 50 states.


posted Jun 1, 2018

Azores Trail Run

Every year Salomon organizes Running Camp for its elite athletes to share experiences, test new products and, of course, new trails.


posted May 30, 2018

Recreation Code of Ethics urged by Blue Ribbon Coalition

This etiquette guideline for trail users is from a motorized perspective.

  tags: safety, conflict

posted May 30, 2018

Suggestions on Improving Safety for Horseback Riders and Other Trail Users

Efforts to help different activities on multi-use trails get along better and to improve safety.

  tags: shared use, safety, conflict

posted May 30, 2018

Bikemaps.org

BikeMaps loves biking as much as they love maps! Their goal is to map your cycling experience to make biking safer. You know your local cycling trouble spots and they want you to map them. Your knowledge of cycling safety, hazards, and even bike thefts will be analyzed using GIS and statistics to identify hot spots of cycling safety, risk, and crime.



posted May 29, 2018

Linn County Conservation, IA

For the benefit of the public, Linn County Conservation manages 28 areas, over 100 miles of multi-use trail, 320 campsites, a regionally-significant observatory, a learning center, a modern shooting range, a historic schoolhouse, an arboretum, a watercraft rental facility and offers high-quality educational programming.


posted May 28, 2018

Dedication of the Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

The 1,000th National Recreation Trail dedicated to refuge manager killed on United Flight 93.

  tags: memorial

posted May 25, 2018

Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 140,177 acres of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico.

  tags: youth and kids on trails

posted May 23, 2018

Oregon State University

Oregon State is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. They go wherever the challenges are, push themselves to the very edge of what’s known and keep going. They are determined to forge solutions. They are diverse and welcoming. We embrace our responsibility to Oregon and the world, building a future that’s smarter, healthier, more prosperous and more just. They see what could be and have worked relentlessly for 150 years to make it so. 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 15 experiment stations, 35 Extension offices, 200+ academic programs — COUNTLESS IMPACTS.


posted May 22, 2018

University of Arkansas



posted May 16, 2018

"Defensive Horse Safety" Training Course

by American Trails Staff

A presentation on remaining safe while performing such tasks as catching, leading, tying, grooming, bridling, and saddling stock.

  tags: safety, horses and equestrian trails

posted May 16, 2018

Environmental Aspects of Horses on Trails

by American Trails Staff

Does equestrian use have an impact on stream and lake water quality?

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, preservation

posted May 16, 2018

The Forest Service and Horses: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

by American Trails Staff

A historical presentation by the USFS at the Southeast Equestrian Trail Conference in 2008.

  tags: historic, horses and equestrian trails

posted May 16, 2018

wherethetrailsare.com


posted May 10, 2018

Appalachian Mountain Club

AMC, focuses on connecting you to the freedom and exhilaration of the outdoors. They invite and help people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. AMC helps you get outdoors on your own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., including groups in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, you can enjoy activities like hiking, paddling, cycling, and skiing, and learn new outdoor skills. They offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. You will also have the opportunity to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and work maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. They invite you to join us in the outdoors.

  tags: huts and backcountry shelter systems

posted May 10, 2018

University of Alabama Center for Economic Development

Founded in 1987 The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) directed by Nisa Miranda, serves as a gateway to technical assistance resources at The University of Alabama. Through the utilization of professional staff and customized project teams, UACED assists communities, agencies and organizations to take an “asset based” planning approach to economic development opportunities.


posted May 10, 2018

California Trails and Greenways Conference Foundation

The mission of the California Trails Conference Foundation is to inspire recreational trail leadership through the annual California Trails and Greenways Conference.


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Penn Trails LLC

Penn Trails LLC, is an active member of the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA), North America's largest private sector group of professional trail specialists, contractors, designers and consultants.


posted May 7, 2018

Flake & Kelley Commerical

Flake & Kelley is Arkansas's premier commercial real estate firm. Our statewide presence and nationwide reach make us a valuable partner for today’s businesses.


posted May 7, 2018

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Life can have many exciting, memorable experiences. Creating opportunities for them is what Yamaha is all about. With an ever-expanding line that includes motorcycles, outboard motors, ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, race kart engines, accessories, apparel, and much more, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., strives to contribute to the quality of life.


posted May 7, 2018

Voters Embrace San Antonio's Vision of Greenways and Creek-side Trails

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System in San Antonio currently boasts a total of 41 miles of completed trail and several more miles of trail under construction and in the design phase.

  tags: greenways and open space

posted May 7, 2018

River Walk to Creekfront: Community Perseverance Pays Off

by Robert Searns with Robert Searns & Associates

Downtown San Antonio's River Walk draws over nine million visitors per year.

  tags: greenways and open space

posted May 3, 2018

How Greenways Work: A Handbook on Ecology

This is a handbook for those private citizens and public officials all over America who are working to create outdoor recreation opportunities and protect wildlife and our environment by establishing corridors of open space called greenways.

  tags: greenways and open space, wildlife and habitat

posted May 1, 2018

Breaking Down the Silos, Part One

by Mike Passo with American Trails

I have had two great epiphanies in my life, and both of them were thanks to trails. The first epiphany came as a result of a mountain biking accident I had in June of 1991.

  tags: editorial

posted Apr 26, 2018

A World of Trails: The International Trails Movement

This webinar provides an introduction to how trails are benefiting and reshaping landscapes across the planet.

  tags: international trails, advancing trails webinar series

posted Apr 26, 2018

Paths of Greece

Our vision is to make Greece one of the top 10 hiking destinations in the world!


posted Apr 24, 2018

Closing Gaps in the East Coast Greenway

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Incorporated

The ECG Alliance focuses on completing the long-distance system of trails and bike routes.

  tags: greenways and open space, gis mapping, long-distance trails

posted Apr 23, 2018

Triad Partnership protects and manages the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin

by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Ice Age Trail Triad shows that the federal government, a state agency, and a nonprofit can all work together to accomplish a lot more than they could if they worked on their own.

  tags: partnerships, volunteers, conservation and environment, management and operation, youth corps, hiking

posted Apr 21, 2018

Partners build mountain biking trail system at Oak Mountain State Park

by Rob Grant with Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

  tags: mountain biking, partnerships

posted Apr 21, 2018

The Shoreline Greenway Trail: a study in patience, flexibility, and creativity

by John Eberle with Stantec

The 25-mile trail along a stretch of Connecticut’s southern coast faces challenges from acquiring easements, to coordinating between four towns, to designing through varying types of terrain.

  tags: travel & tourism, landowner outreach

posted Apr 20, 2018

Mt Rushmore National Memorial

This National Memorial features majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.


posted Apr 20, 2018

Rocky Mountain Pack String promotes stock packing skills

by Glenn Ryan with USDA Forest Service

The Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Pack String assists in managing and maintaining wilderness and back country areas using traditional animal packing livestock skills.

  tags: preservation, wilderness, backcountry

posted Apr 20, 2018

Volunteers promote trails and equine rides for public in NJ

Lusscroft Farm has a network of trails that connects the site with additional trails in High Point State Park and Stokes State Forest. The major purpose of this event has been to reintroduce the concept of equine trail rides to this area of New Jersey.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, volunteers, historic

posted Apr 20, 2018

Florida Trails Expo inspires young equestrians to action

by Alexandra H. Weiss with Florida Office of Greenways and Trails

Florida Youth Equestrian Trails Expo is designed to inspire young equestrians to become active trail users, encourage advocacy and volunteerism on behalf of equestrian trails, and offer education in land conservation ethics.

  tags: youth and kids on trails


posted Apr 19, 2018

The Wildlands Conservancy


posted Apr 18, 2018

Mules and horsemen aide in collaborative trail maintenance on the Sheltowee Trace

During a groundbreaking effort between horsemen and hikers and Daniel Boone National Forest Service personnel, supplies to improve a section of the Sheltowee Trace NRT were moved by two mules and a dozen workers to a site near Bark Camp Creek.

  tags: conservation corps, volunteers

posted Apr 17, 2018

Trail Quotes

by Jim Schmid

  tags: editorial

posted Apr 11, 2018

Tannehill Tramway National Recreation Trail, McCalla, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

This crushed stone walking trail follows a section of an old mule-drawn tramline from the historic Tannehill Ironworks and nearby brown iron ore beds inside Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near McCalla, in central Alabama.

  tags: historic, nature trail

posted Apr 11, 2018

Village Pointe Preserve Park Trail System, Daphne, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

Crushed stone, natural surface, and boardwalk trail located in a park on the Eastern Shore Trail. The trails lead to Mobile Bay and a fishing pier with a view of the City of Mobile across the bay.

  tags: historic, nature trail, wildlife and habitat

posted Apr 11, 2018

Veterans Park National Recreation Trail, Hoover, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8-mile trail features a running/walking cross-country course and boardwalk winding through an open field, wetland, and woodlands in the City of Hoover’s newest and largest park.

  tags: shared use, parks, greenways and open space, nature trail, urban trails

posted Apr 11, 2018

New York to build the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation

The 750-mile trail will provide new opportunities for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through charming, historic communities, driving tourism and economic activity across New York.

  tags: greenways and open space

posted Apr 10, 2018

Tread Lightly!, Inc.

Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship.


posted Apr 9, 2018

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

  tags: leave no trace

posted Apr 9, 2018

Equine Land Conservation Resource

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is a national, not for profit organization whose mission is to advance the conservation of land for horse-related activity.


posted Apr 3, 2018

California Conservation Corps Learn New Skills on Accessible Urban Trail

San Diego County partnered with the California Conservation Corps to develop an accessible trail surfaced with hardened crushed granite material from TechniSoil LLC.

  tags: conservation corps, accessibility and accessible trails, urban trails

posted Apr 3, 2018

A Model for Accessibility: Learning on Crotched Mountain Trails

by Peter Jensen with Peter S. Jensen & Associates

A sustainable trails that complies with the trail accessibility guidelines without changing the setting or outdoor experience.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails

posted Apr 3, 2018

Cornelia, Georgia Builds Accessible Trails

The Universal Trail Assessment Process helps Cornelia, Georgia receive recreational trails funding for trail improvements.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails, universal trail assessment process (utap)

posted Apr 3, 2018

Children’s Center Trail Project Breaks Down Barriers

This trail includes sections made of different materials that can teach children with disabilities how to maneuver on surfaces such as rubber, pea gravel, mulch, boardwalk decking, and concrete pavers.

  tags: youth and kids on trails, accessibility and accessible trails

posted Apr 3, 2018

Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life

​Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents?

  tags: crime and liability, safety, landowner outreach

posted Apr 2, 2018

Accessible Trail Opens Michigan’s Ocqueoc Falls to All

by Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division

Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway leads visitors to the only publicly owned waterfall in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

  tags: accessibility and accessible trails

posted Apr 2, 2018

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

by Jim Schmid

In this conversational and personal account, journalist Florence Williams travels widely to track down our deep connection to the natural landscape.

  tags: book review

posted Mar 29, 2018

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system was developed cooperatively by the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park (Alabama State Parks Division) to provide recreation and access to one of the last remaining maritime forest communities along the Alabama coast.

  tags: shared use, backcountry

posted Mar 29, 2018

Montevallo Greenway Trail, Montevallo, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The two-mile Montevallo Greenway Trail connects Orr Park, the downtown business district, the University of Montevallo and the University Lake Recreation Area.

  tags: greenways and open space, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Queen City National Recreation Trail, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

Queen City Park Trail in Tuscaloosa runs between Queen City Ave and Jack Warner Boulevard through scenic woods and past ruins of historic park structures.

  tags: historic, shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Richard Martin National Recreation Trail, Limestone County, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The 10.2 mile trail offers a back-to-nature getaway for thousands of local residents and tourists to enjoy the great variety of opportunities created by the trail.

  tags: art on trails, birding, shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Swan Creek Greenway National Recreation Trail, Athens, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.3 mile long shaded trail that parallels Swan Creek, offering pedestrians views of gentle rapids, ample wildlife, and lush timberlands. The trail also connects many recreational facilities open to the public.

  tags: greenways and open space, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

James F. Hall National Recreation Trail, Newark, Delaware

by American Trails Staff

The popular cross-town pedestrian and bicycle trail in downtown Newark has an eight-foot wide hard surface and is lighted for 24-hour use.

  tags: shared use, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Cascadia Marine Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

This Puget Sound water trail is a network of 55 shoreline campsites for people traveling the Pacific Northwest inland sea in human or wind-powered, beachable watercraft.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails, long-distance trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Lena Lake Trail, Olympic National Forest, Washington

by American Trails Staff

Climbing through thick conifer woods to a scenic lake, the Lena Lake National Recreation Trail is managed by Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District.

  tags: birding, nature trail, parks, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 29, 2018

Spokane River Centennial National Recreation Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

The trail runs along the Spokane River for 37 miles from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, Washington. The paved trail is used both for commuting to work and for recreation.

  tags: marketing, urban trails, greenways and open space, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Coon Creek Trail System - Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system consists of two trails; the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop. The trails are near Yates Reservoir in Tallapoosa County.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, backcountry, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 29, 2018

Eastern Shore National Recreation Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Eastern Shore Trail is a dedicated multipurpose trail for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle use that generally follows the shores of Mobile Bay in South Alabama for 36 miles.

  tags: historic, shared use, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Jacksonville Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project.

  tags: historic, backcountry, greenways and open space, nature trail, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Piedmont Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project.

  tags: historic, greenways and open space, nature trail, urban trails, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Chattahoochee Valley Railroad Trail, Valley, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail traces the path of the Chattahoochee Valley Railway, which was constructed by the West Point Manufacturing Company to serve several cotton mills along the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia border.

  tags: art on trails, historic, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Bird to Gird National Recreation Trail, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

The Girdwood to Indian Pathway is a 13.3-mile paved trail that provides spectacular views as it parallels the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm below the mountains.

  tags: shared use, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

Campbell Tract Loop Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

A popular Anchorage trail brings Alaskan wilderness to the city.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Kanatak Trail, Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

The Kanatak Trail is a route used for centuries to cross the coastal mountains of the Alaska Peninsula. The Kanatak Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Perseverance National Recreation Trail, Juneau, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

Alaska's First Road: One of the three most historically significant trails in Alaska.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Pinnell Mountain Trail, Alaska

The trail follows ridges above timber line in the vastness of interior Alaska.

  tags: safety, wilderness, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Betty's Kitchen Interpretive Trail, Yuma, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This National Recreation Trail in Betty's Kitchen Wildlife and Interpretive Area invites vistors along the Colorado River at the California border.

  tags: historic, interpretation, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Central Arizona Project National Recreation Trail, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

Vision is to create a recreational trail stretching the entire 336 miles of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal.

  tags: shared use, partnerships, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Palm Canyon Trail, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

An area of rugged beauty, Palm Canyon may be the only place in Arizona where native palm trees, California Fan Palms, can be found.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Painted Desert Trail, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This backcountry trail extends over a mile through Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Tunstall Riverwalk, Jacksonport State Park, Arkansas

by American Trails Staff

Less than a mile long, this trail affords visitors a relaxing, educational stroll along the White River from Jacksonport State Park's campground to the site of the historic Mary Woods No. 2 steamboat.

  tags: historic, nature trail, parks, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

King Range Crest National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular mountain trails with wide ocean views in northern California's Mendocino County

  tags: wilderness, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lost Coast National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular coastal trail on the Lost Coast of northern California's Mendocino County.

  tags: wilderness, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mountains to Sea Trail, Orange County, California

by American Trails Staff

This 22-mile urban nature reserve and bikeway starts in Weir Canyon and travels through six jurisdictions, enabling trail users to experience the diversity of the 50,000-acre Irvine Ranch Land Reserve.

  tags: shared use, wilderness, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Sacramento River Trail and Sacramento Rail Trail, Redding, CA

by American Trails Staff

Based on a partnership between the City of Redding, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and Shasta County, these trails are an example of what is possible through a joint effort between various agencies and local groups.

  tags: shared use, fitness

posted Mar 27, 2018

Guadalupe River Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenways and open space, shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Tahoe Rim Trail, Nevada and California

by American Trails Staff

The National Recreation Trail designation for the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) includes 96 miles of the 165-mile trail which runs along the ridges and mountain tops that encircle the Lake Tahoe Basin.

  tags: partnerships, backcountry, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Clear Creek Trail, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This 6.5-mile family-friendly urban trail winds through the scenic Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, providing conservation benefits and recreational opportunities including biking, kayaking and bird watching.

  tags: birding, historic, urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Mineral Belt Trail, Leadville, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This 12-mile trail features breathtaking views, connections to the State's mining and railroad history, and is a wonderful community resource that connects many important aspects of the town including the library, schools, hospital, and a senior living center.

  tags: snow and winter trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge Trails, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

Located near downtown Denver, this 1.5-mile trail serves an urban population yet provides visitors an opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife amidst wetlands and prairies.

  tags: preservation, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Quinebaug River Water Trail - Thompson Lake Section, Connecticut

by American Trails Staff

This five-mile water trail within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Thompson Lake project is an excellent 3-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water and enjoy seeing varied landscapes of forests and fields along with extensive wildlife habitat.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fort Circle Park National Recreation Trail, Washington, DC

by American Trails Staff

This 7.9-mile rail connects historic forts built to defend the nation's capital during the Civil War.

  tags: historic, parks, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Berg/Animas Trail, Farmington, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Animas and Berg Parks are home to a network of trails along the Animas River in Farmington. These trails run along the river’s edges, wind through groves of native cottonwoods, and cross the Animas River by bridge at two points.

  tags: parks, horses and equestrian trails, greenways and open space, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Canyon National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Located in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) , this 2.2-mile interpretive trail provides access to wildlife viewing in the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.

  tags: birding, interpretation, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Catwalk Trail, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built a hanging walkway trail following the path of an old pipeline.

  tags: historic, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Chupadera Wilderness National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Traversing the Chupadera Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 9.5-mile backcountry trail is rich in wildlife and wildflowers.

  tags: wilderness, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dripping Spring Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Hiking and biking trails in the rugged area of southern New Mexico operated by the Bureau of Land Management.

  tags: backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

High Desert Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

The three mountain bicycling loops go from easy beginner to intermediate to technical, connecting communities of Gamerco and Mentmore, adjacent to Gallup, New Mexico. Designed specifically for mountain bikes, the trail system is great for an afternoon loop mountain bike ride with the family or all-day epic ride.

  tags: mountain biking, fitness, nature trail, desert trails, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Tent Rocks Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Intriguing rock formations on the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Historic Champlain Canalway Trail, Town of Halfmoon, New York

by American Trails Staff

The Town of Halfmoon manages a six-mile segment, bordered by farm fields, wetlands and wood lots, of the 58-mile Canalway Trail corridor, which runs along historic towpaths from Waterford to Whitehall.

  tags: historic, shared use, canal, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie to Highland, New York

by American Trails Staff

Walkway Over the Hudson opening celebration spanned the weekend of October 2-4, 2009. The noted historic structure also adds to the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the valley.

  tags: bridges, historic, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

The American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The American Tobacco Trail is a 22.6-mile long Rails-to-Trails project located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, running along an abandoned railroad bed originally built for the American Tobacco Company in the 1970s.

  tags: greenways and open space, historic, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The trail features a variety of historic sites, abundant wildlife, and opportunities for biking, fishing, and canoeing.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, canal, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Located in Highlands, North Carolina, the 5-mile network of walking trails connects natural areas and historic sites. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide in a temperate rain forest, the area boasts the highest floral and faunal diversity in North America.

  tags: greenways and open space, nature trail, urban trails, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is the site for this wetlands trail near Columbia, North Carolina.

  tags: birding, interpretation, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fort Mandan Nature & History Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

An interpretive and wildlife site along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

  tags: nature trail, greenways and open space, snow and winter trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

The trail passes through some of the most pristine remote areas of the USDA's National Grasslands.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Munch's Coulee Trail, Kenmare, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

Located along the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge State Scenic Byway, this 1-mile loop trail provides spectacular vistas of the Refuge's wildflowers, Lower Des Lacs Lake, and nearby wetlands.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Washburn Discovery Trail, Washburn, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

This 2.2-mile multi-use trail along the route of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail provides scenic vistas of the Missouri River.

  tags: historic, shared use, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Village of Bluffton Pathway, Ohio

by American Trails Staff

Woods and parks line this neighborhood trail.

  tags: shared use, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ohio & Erie Canalway - Congressman Ralph Regula Trail, Ohio

by American Trails Staff

The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a national heritage area – a park that includes the Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, and Ohio & Erie Canalway Byway.

  tags: historic, shared use, canal, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Horton's Slough Trail, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

Wetlands and waterfowl are featured on this trail at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, interpretation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Sandtown Nature Trail, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

This one-mile long loop trail meanders along the river and includes benches, observation decks, and an informational kiosk. Visitors can observe the resident and migratory wildlife and breathtaking Oklahoma landscape at the Refuge.

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The 1,000th National Recreation Trail dedicated to refuge manager killed on United Flight 93.

  tags: birding, conservation and environment, memorial, preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

North Umpqua National Recreation Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

Multi-use trail follows the Umpqua River for 79 miles into the Cascade Mountains.

  tags: shared use, backcountry, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Old Growth Ridge Trail, BLM Eugene District, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Bureau of Land Management's Whittaker Creek campground provides the trailhead for this scenic climb through huge Douglas fir trees, as well as western hemlock, red cedar, red alder, and big leaf maple

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Row River National Recreation Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Row River Trail runs 15.6 miles along an abandoned rail line from Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest.

  tags: historic, marketing, shared use, horses and equestrian trails, fitness, mountain biking, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ghost Town National Recreation Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

A glimpse of the early 1900s as the rail trail passes through several abandoned coal mining towns.

  tags: historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

Traversing York County to the Maryland border, this 19-mile multi-use trail provides an integral link in a statewide trails system and epitomizes the concept of a close-to-home trail experience, but has regional, State, and national significance as well.

  tags: shared use, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mason-Dixon Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

This 30-mile section of the 193-mile Mason-Dixon Trail is a hiking trail that follows the lower Susquehanna River in York County, PA. There are beautiful views, deep ravines with waterfalls, and several big climbs and descents to where streams have carved out canyons in the river hills.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Juniata River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Juniata River Water Trail is a component of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of natural wonders, history, culture, and recreation following the path of the historic Main Line Canal.

  tags: birding, interpretation, restoration, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

This urban rail-trail parallels the riverbanks in the Pittsburgh area for about 21 miles, often on both sides of the rivers, and offering a spectacular view of the city.

  tags: greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of public non-motorized access points within the 90 riverfront municipalities of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh area.

  tags: water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Youghiogheny River Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The trail follows the Youghiogheny River banks in the Ohiopyle State Park. The trail features scenic views of the river, cascading feeder streams, maturing deciduous forests.

  tags: shared use, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Congaree River Blue Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Starting near Columbia, this 50-mile water trail and greenway ranges from urban adventures to the Coastal Plain with its high bluffs and floodplain habitats.

  tags: greenways and open space, historic, interpretation, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Francis Beidler Forest Four Holes Swamp Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The South Carolina Lowcountry's "real swamp" experience!

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mullet Hall Equestrian Trail System, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Trails on the former Mullet Hall Plantation are managed specifically for horse trail riding.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

North Augusta Greeneway, North Augusta, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Named after former Mayor Thomas W. Greene, this rail trail links neighborhoods and parks.

  tags: greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail, Austin, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail is one of the most well-used trails in America. Formerly called Town Lake Trail.

  tags: shared use, nature trail, urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenways and open space

posted Mar 27, 2018

Cameron Park Trails, Waco, Texas

by American Trails Staff

This 20-mile system of trails s features handcrafted bridges, views of the Brazos and Bosque Rivers from 100-foot cliffs, and cedar groves.

  tags: historic, mountain biking, shared use, parks, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lacy Point Nature Trail, Waco Lake, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 19-mile interpretive trail on the west shore of Waco Lake, through Bottomland hardwoods, scrub, and grassland in central Texas.

  tags: nature trail, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lions Park National Recreation Trail, Temple, Texas

by American Trails Staff

Given its artistic features, hilltop vistas, and recreational facilities, it is easy to see why this 2-mile walking trail is so popular with Temple residents of all ages.

  tags: nature trail, greenways and open space, parks

posted Mar 27, 2018

San Gabriel River Trails, Georgetown, Texas

by American Trails Staff

Scenic trails that connect with the Corps of Engineers trail at Lake Georgetown.

  tags: shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fisher Towers National Recreation Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this 2.2-mile backcountry trail provides access to one of the most unique geological hikes in North America.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Gooseberry Mesa Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Challenging mountain bike trail in the slickrock country of southern Utah.

  tags: mountain biking, partnerships, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

A scenic trail that runs 28 miles through Utah's mountain valleys east of Salt Lake City.

  tags: historic

posted Mar 27, 2018

Cross Vermont Trail, Vermont

by American Trails Staff

A 75-mile trail and greenway that will span the entire state from Burlington to Newbury, linking 17 communities, 10 village centers, 10 state parks, numerous schools and trail systems.

  tags: greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Massanutten Mountain Trail, Virginia

by American Trails Staff

The trail is steeped in history, and offers a rich diversity of eastern wildflowers and animals in the area of Virginia between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Great North Mountain to the west.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Rivanna Trail, Charlottesville, Virginia

by American Trails Staff

This 8-mile urban trail and greenway is part of the planned 50-mile pedestrian and bicycle facility that will parallel the oldest inland transportation route in North America and connects Williamsburg to Richmond in a unique way.

  tags: urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

McTrail National Recreation Trail, Marion County, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

McTrail is managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and is highlighted by a 1,200 ft lighted tunnel. It runs 2.2 miles from Fairmont, WV to Prickett’s Fort State Park.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mon River-Caperton-Deckers Creek Trails, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

This 46-mile rail-trail system links urban and rural communities in three counties and acts as a low-impact recreation corridor, alternative transportation route, community green space, outdoor classroom, and natural and cultural heritage park.

  tags: historic, shared use, greenways and open space, snow and winter trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Highway 237 Bikeway Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenways and open space, shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Coyote Creek Trail-San Jose Trail Network, California

by American Trails Staff, Yves Zsutty with City of San Jose

Three connecting trails: the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 Bikeway, and the Coyote Creek Trail North – provide 16.4 miles of recreation opportunity in San Jose.

  tags: greenways and open space, shared use, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Trail System, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp, and a beach. It is located at the eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 14-mile long barrier island situated off the Alabama Gulf Coast.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

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posted Mar 26, 2018

Alabama Scenic River Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

At approximately 631 miles in length (the suitability of various river channels will vary the exact route for different types of watercraft), the trail is considered to be the longest in a single state in the U.S.

  tags: water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Big Dry Creek Trail, Westminster, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This National Recreation Trail is a major link in the Denver Metro system of trails and greenways.

  tags: art on trails, trails as transportation, urban trails, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bartram National Recreation Trail, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located at J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Project on the Gaorgia-South Carolina border, the 27-mile long Bartram Trail is designed for mountain biking with easier sections as well as fast single track challenges.

  tags: mountain biking, wildlife and habitat, fitness, greenways and open space, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Aucilla River National Recreation Trail, north Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Aucilla River has a rich history, remarkable geology, and abundant wildlife. Anglers, paddlers, and boaters enjoy exploring this waterway as it courses between banks lined with limestone formations and disappears underground within the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Stretching through the panhandle of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, this water trail system offers over 100 miles of scenic paddling trails.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Centennial Trail, Indian River County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Located at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, this 0.75-mile accessible trail tells the story of the first national wildlife refuge and celebrates the entire Refuge System, offering visitors the chance to learn about each national wildlife refuge in the country while enjoying scenic overlooks and abundant wildlife.

  tags: birding, interpretation, preservation, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Blackwater Heritage State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The westernmost rail trail in Florida, it extends from the historic town of Milton north to US Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail passes through pine woods, a cypress/bay swamp, and an area of white-topped pitcher plants. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels a segment of the paved trail.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Econfina River Water Trail, Taylor County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Econfina River offers paddlers a 16-mile journey an intimately-canopied dark water river in the remote Big Bend region of North Florida. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Great Calusa Blueway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail meanders 190 miles along the back bays and wildlife-laden shores of Lee County on Florida’s Gulf coast near Sanibel and Fort Myers. The route provides non-motorized access to Federal, State, and Local preserves and historic sites in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

One of the busiest trails in the nation, this 47-mile multi-use rail-trail is seen as a green jewel in the midst of the state's most highly urbanized county.

  tags: shared use, water trails, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Cross Florida Greenway retains many of the historical remnants of the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. A growing number of recreational and interpretive opportunities are available along the greenway.

  tags: greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Nature Coast State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The 31.7-mile long trail runs through the Suwannee River Valley, and is managed by the Florida DEP’s Office of Greenways & Trails. Built along abandoned rail lines that intersect at Wilcox Junction, the trail connects the communities of Cross City, Trenton, Fanning Springs and Chiefland.

  tags: travel & tourism

posted Mar 26, 2018

North Bay National Recreation Trail, St. Petersburg, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The North Bay Trail is a multi-use recreational path that runs along the spectacular waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, fitness, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Sixteen miles of the rail trail are managed by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways & Trails. It runs due south from the main Tallahassee trailhead near Capital Circle (US 319) southeast, to the coastal town of St. Marks.

  tags: greenways and open space, historic

posted Mar 26, 2018

Wacissa River Paddling Trail, Jefferson County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Wacissa River is one of the most pristine rivers in Florida with a multitude of springs flowing through a rugged area in Florida's Big Bend region. The Wacissa is a state designated paddling trail and a wonderful place to explore for beginning paddlers or families with children.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 26, 2018

Withlacoochee State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Withlacoochee State Trail (WST), managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways & Trails, is the longest rail-trail in Florida, extending 46 miles from just south of Dunnellon in Citrus Springs to its southern terminus in the City of Trilby.

  tags: shared use, horses and equestrian trails, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail, Gwinnett County, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located in Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, this multi-purpose 2.2-mile trail circles a beautiful lake and provides multiple access points to the lake including two fishing pier.

  tags: historic, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cress Creek Nature Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Cress Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretative trail that highlights the unique natural characteristics of eastern Idaho.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

  tags: backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Weiser River National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

The 85-mile rail trail between Weiser and New Meadows passes through desert canyons, evergreen forests, alpine meadows, and small towns. Highlights of the trail are the historic trestles and abundant wildlife.

  tags: backcountry, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Carlyle Lake National Recreation Trail, Kaskaskia River, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The 10.3-mile multi-use trail system extends through diverse and scenic wildlife habitat and connects the City of Carlyle to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project.

  tags: shared use, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

General Dacey National Recreation Trail, Shelbyville, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the six-mile multi-purpose trail that connects Lake Shelbyville and Forrest Park with the City of Shelbyville, IL.

  tags: greenways and open space, shared use, fitness, nature trail, snow and winter trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail which provides access to the shoreline at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: historic, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Rend Lake National Recreation Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

In addition to providing hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities, this meandering trail extends over 19 miles of Southern Illinois lakeside terrain.

  tags: fitness, greenways and open space, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Tunnel Hill State Rail Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

A 543-foot long tunnel gave the nearby town its name, and now the National Recreation trail.


posted Mar 26, 2018

B-Line Trail, Bloomington, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

The B-Line Trail, created from a former railway corridor, extends a total of 3.1 miles from the east side of Adams Street through downtown Bloomington and the former railroad switch yard to the north side of Country Club Drive.

  tags: art on trails, shared use, urban trails, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cardinal Greenway National Recreation Trail, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

This 30-mile long rail trail is the state's longest linear park.

  tags: greenways and open space, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Rivergreenway, Fort Wayne and New Haven, Indiana

by American Trails Staff

This 23-mile linear park within the cities of Fort Wayne and New Haven in Allen County, IN is located along the banks of the St. Marys, St. Joseph, and Maumee Rivers.

  tags: shared use, greenways and open space, urban trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Delphi Historic National Recreation Trail, Indiana

Trails have been integrated into this historic community using canal towpaths, stream corridors, and abandoned railroads.

  tags: historic, travel & tourism, volunteers, canal, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (North Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Great Western National Recreation Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

A key connection between urban Des Moines and the surrounding rural landscape, this 16.5-mile scenic rail-trail offers trail users the opportunity to journey through Iowa history.

  tags: historic, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bailey's Woods National Recreation Trail, Oxford, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

Bailey's Woods Trail connects the University Museum at the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's residence in Oxford, MS.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Smith's Island Nature Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Trail partnerships and community support have made this a successful and popular trail.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Sugar Bottom Mountain Biking Trail System, Coralville Reservoir, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Set in rugged terrain surrounding the Coralville Reservoir on the Iowa River, the trail is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  tags: drainage, maintenance, mountain biking, signage

posted Mar 26, 2018

Summerset National Recreation Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

A 12-mile rail trail through rolling hills, river bottom wetlands, and remnant prairies of central Iowa.

  tags: birding, shared use, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018