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published Feb 11, 2021

2020 NRT Photo Contest Winners Announced

by American Trails Staff

The results are in! Here are our picks from the 230 photos submitted for the 2020 photo contest.


published Mar 18, 2020

The Respite of Trails and Outdoor Recreation

by Mike Passo with American Trails

America’s incomparable system of national scenic, historic, and recreational trails is the perfect way to sustain your mental and physical health, while maintaining the social distancing that is required in these challenging times.


published Dec 11, 2019

Mile Markers and Distance Signs Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Mileage can be marked off on signs, posts, stones, or stencils on the pavement.


published Nov 14, 2019

Trails Crossing on Active Railroad Lines

by Stuart Macdonald

One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line.


published Sep 19, 2019

Interpretive Signs and Displays Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Trails and greenways create an opportunity to teach visitors about history, the environment, and the community


published 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.


published 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.


published Mar 21, 2019

FAQ: Tips and Techniques for using Crusher fines surfacing for trails

by American Trails Staff

Finely crushed rock (crusher fines) is a useful alternative to paving trails that accommodates most trail activities.


published Jan 23, 2019

FAQ: Do the low stream crossings for trails and greenways conform to accessibility guidelines?

by American Trails Staff

Low water crossings are designed to allow normal flow under the trail, and to be over-topped during seasonal floods.


published Aug 17, 2018

Signs and Etiquette for Shared-use Urban Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Encouraging different types of users to share the trail is just as important on urban trails as it is on backcountry trails.


published Aug 17, 2018

Trails With Two Adjacent Treads

by Stuart Macdonald

Separate trails in the same corridor provide for different activities.


published Aug 17, 2018

Art Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

A photo gallery of murals, sculptures, decorative paving, and memorials.