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posted Mar 13, 2018

Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation

by National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)

A national study on Active Transportation and Parks and Recreation.

posted Aug 5, 2019

Planning Trails With Wildlife in Mind - Wildlife and Trails Primer

by American Trails Staff

The Primer provides discussion of broad wildlife topics, plus key concepts and rules of thumb to help with trail planning and management.

posted Nov 9, 2021

Trail Accessibility Hub

Everything you need to know about planning, building, and maintaining accessible trails.

posted Feb 14, 2022

Trail Planning and Design Hub

Everything you need to know about trail planning and design for long lasting trails.

posted Feb 19, 2018

The U.S. Bicycle Route System

by Christopher Douwes with Federal Highway Administration, Ginny Sullivan with Adventure Cycling Association

Learn how the corridor-level plan was developed in partnership with the non-profit AASHTO and join Adventure Cycling and others in promoting state adoption of an interstate route system for bikes.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Think Big

Strategy to find new funding sources


posted Apr 2, 2023

Top 10 Requests for Trails and Outdoor Recreation Master Plans

by Tony Boone with Timberline TrailCraft, Jon Altschuld with Chinook Landscape Architecture, LLC

Tony Boone and Jon Altschuld are both Board Members of the Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA), and both will be presenting at the 2023 American Trails/PTBA International Trails Summit. Their companies, Tony Boone Trails, and Chinook Landscape Architecture are Sierra-level sponsors for the conference.


posted Feb 19, 2018

Traffic on the Trail

by Allison Jones with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Jamie Rae Walker, Ph.D Texas A&M Extension

This presentation will focus on the key components of trail user count methodologies.


posted Jun 5, 2019

Trail Construction Cost Realities

by Margie Tatro with Reineke Construction

In this session learn about a simple, cost estimating tool and key factors associated with trail construction costs.


posted Nov 27, 2020

Trail Design for Small Properties

Trail Design for Small Properties provides simple, inexpensive solutions for designing, building, and maintaining sustainable trials—trails for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-highway motorcycles (OHMs), and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).


posted Jan 19, 2018

Trail Design Guidelines for Portland, Oregon’s Park System

by Portland Parks and Recreation

Trails are an integral part of our park and recreation system. They are used by people of all ages and abilities to exercise, relax, socialize, view wildlife, and travel to destinations such as school and work.


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 Jul 22, 2020

Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives

by Federal Highway Administration, USDA Forest Service

This publication provides comprehensive guidance and instructions for applying Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives. This 2016 published version includes the original 2008 content, along with updated photos and formatting.


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 Feb 19, 2018

Trail Investments and Trail Management Made Easier with GIS

GIS tools are being used to make investment decisions on developing new trail systems and managing existing trail systems.


posted Jun 4, 2019

Trail Map “Do's and Dont's"

by Jeremy Apgar with New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

All trail users, from casual walkers to experienced mountain bikers or hikers, should have access to a good trail map to make the most of their outdoor experience.