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posted Feb 15, 2019

Volunteer Guide to Trail Protection

by North Country National Scenic Trail

As we forge ahead building new trail each year, particularly on private land, how will we make sure the trail and the surrounding area are enjoyed into future generations?


posted Jan 10, 2019

Horse Keeping

This guide provides practical management information to San Francisco Bay Area horse owners on what they can do to help protect the environment. Whether a horse owner has one animal or operates a boarding facility, all equestrians play an important role in assuring that our watersheds are healthy and our creeks clean. Because of increasing pressures from human activity, all potential sources of environmental pollution are under critical scrutiny. Pollution can come from either point sources (e.g., a specific manufacturing plant) or nonpoint sources (e.g., livestock throughout a ranch).


posted Nov 19, 2018

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Trailhead Design Guidelines

This document provides guidelines to help managers make decisions in a sustainable manner for major trailheads all along the CDNST. Overall principles given here relate to all trailhead sites. However, they also include more detailed guidelines specific to the highly varied settings along the Continental Divide.


posted Nov 16, 2018

Medina River Greenway, Texas

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 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.


posted Nov 5, 2018

Trail design guidelines from city of Toronto

This guidebook benefits from a very clear presentation and covers many examples of urban trail situations. Specific design features for all types of trails and related facilities are included.


posted Nov 5, 2018

Getting Started: A Guide to Planning Trails

by Parks and Trails New York

The 44-page guide covers the key topics: Getting organized, Going public, Trail planning, Integrating natural values and recreational use, and Landowner issues and concerns. This is a joint publication of Parks & Trails New York and Hudson River Valley Greenway to encourage successful trail projects at the local level.


posted Oct 12, 2018

eMTB Land Manager Handbook

by PeopleForBikes, Bureau of Land Management

This handbook was developed in partnership with the bicycling industry and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in consultation with professional trail builders. It is intended to be a practical field resource for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric mountain bike trails.


posted Oct 8, 2018

Trail Intersection Design Guidelines

by Florida Department of Transportation

The growth in trails reflects many people’s enjoyment of physical separation from motorized traffic. Segregation allows trail users to avoid the pollution, noise, and intimidation they perceive from motor vehicles, and the potential for an injury producing crash.


posted Sep 6, 2018

Access Near Aquatic Trails

Where environmental values are high and encroachment would be particularly damaging, access may have to be controlled, limited or even restricted. Where access to aquatic areas is appropriate, it demands careful planning, design and management.


posted Aug 28, 2018

Featured providers of training and resources

Read more details on important programs and trails training provided by National Trails Training Partnership supporters


posted Aug 27, 2018

Accessibility Improved on Lake Mead Trails, Nevada

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.