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posted Apr 4, 2017

What’s a National Recreation Trail?

by American Trails Staff

From ancient waterways to old rail lines, National Recreation Trails are all about moving outdoor experiences.

categories: General Interest

posted Mar 27, 2017

Mary Anderson, REI

by American Trails Staff

Mary Anderson, Co-founder of REI

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial

posted Mar 15, 2017

Pam Gluck honored with Roger and Harvey Bell Award

by Pam Gluck with American Trails

The Professional Trailbuilders Association has honored Pam Gluck with its 2017 Roger and Harvey Bell Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the trails community. The award was presented at the PTBA Trailbuilders Conference in Bend, Oregon, March 15, 2017. Pam provided the following letter in her acceptance of the award.

categories: General Interest

posted Feb 1, 2017

A Tribute to David Burwell

by Chuck Flink with Greenways Incorporated

David Burwell was a cofounder of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and one of the most influential champions for trails and greenways. He later established the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse and founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial, rails-to-trails

posted Jul 14, 2016

Gudy Gaskill, the Mother of the Colorado Trail

by American Trails Staff

Gudy is credited with being the Mother of The Colorado Trail, now 567 miles between Denver and Durango.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial, huts and backcountry shelter systems

posted Sep 8, 2015

Tom Neenan

by American Trails Staff

Tom was instrumental in founding the non-profit Iowa Trails Council in 1984. He made the first application for acquisition of an abandoned rail bed in Iowa and continued to negotiate, acquire, and establish trails for many years.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial

posted Aug 8, 2015

Remembering Deb Hubsmith

by American Trails Staff

Deb Hubsmith founded and guided the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for nearly 10 years. She started as a grassroots advocate and co-led the development of Marin County, California’s Safe Routes pilot program.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial

posted May 21, 2014

Susan “Butch” Henley - American Hiking Society Staffer and Trail Supporter

by American Trails Staff

Always known by her trail name after through-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1978, Butch served both on the board and staff of the American Hiking Society. For many years she was a familiar participant in initiatives and committees supporting policies and funding for trails.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial

posted May 3, 2014

James L. Oberstar - Congressman and Advocate for Trails and Bicycling

by American Trails Staff

Congressman Jim Oberstar was a supporter of the Recreational Trails Program and a sponsor of the transportation bills which included funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs as well as trails.

categories: General Interest, Memorials
tags: memorial

posted Jul 21, 2013

How Trails Benefit the Environment

by American Trails Staff

Trails promote natural resource management strategies that ensure environmental preservation, quality of life, and economic development.

categories: General Interest
tags: preservation

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posted Feb 27, 2020

For Trails Professionals



posted Feb 26, 2020

NRT Ambassador Program

American Trails is seeking motivated volunteer Trail Ambassadors that are willing to visit as many of the National Recreation Trails in their region as possible to gather data and identify issues on these great trails.

tags: nrt ambassador program, national recreation trails (nrt), ambassadors, trail ambassadors

posted Feb 26, 2020

TRAILSNext™

TRAILSNext™ Series - High energy, 18-minute presentations on trail innovation.

tags: trailsnext videos, training

posted Feb 25, 2020

Trails Move People

Creating a strong, cooperative, and unified voice for a diverse trails community


posted Jul 25, 2019

Earn Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails offers learning credits for our Advancing Trails Webinar Series, our International Trails Symposium and Training Institute, and other trail-related conferences, workshops, and webinars.

tags: ceus, learning credits

posted Mar 19, 2018

Advancing Trails Webinar Series

​American Trails brings agencies, trailbuilders, advocates, and volunteers the latest in state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways. Our webinars focus on very specific trail topics and usually include one to three presenters skilled on the topic.

tags: training, advancing trails webinar series, free webinar

posted Mar 19, 2018

International Trails Symposium

Every two years American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.

tags: international trails symposium (its), 2021

posted Mar 16, 2018

Training Center - Calendar

Trails training, workshops, and conferences on trail building, planning, management, land protection, organization development, leadership, tools, GIS data, parks, bike/ped facilities, nonmotorized transportation, funding, and stewardship.


Results from the Business Directory


Elachee Nature Science Center

Gainesville, Georgia

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


2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, Georgia 30504
(770) 535-1976 • [email protected]

USDA Forest Service

Washington, District of Columbia

To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


Sidney R. Yates Federal Building, 201 14th St SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20227
(800) 832-1355

Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia

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-high...


One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, West Virginia 25755
(304) 696-2923 • [email protected]

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