Multi-use Trail Surface Study

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

by Connecticut Equine Advisory Council


This study was conducted by the Connecticut Equine Advisory Council was completed in 2013 and this document was completed in 2014.

The Council was established on May 22, 2007 by Public Act 07-42 to assist the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)with issues related to the preservation of equine trails in the state.

Membership: The council consists of the president of the Connecticut Horse Council and five representatives from organizations that serve the horse industry within each congressional district statewide in addition to one member of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

The Council’s Goals are as follows:

Promote equestrian use on public lands.
Preserve, maintain and restore existing trails.
Promote the development of new “Multi-Use” trails. Document and create maps for trails used by equestrians.

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