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published Aug 2018

Low water stream crossings for trails and greenways

by Stuart Macdonald

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


Aug 19, 2021

Understanding National Water Trails: From Application to Designation

This webinar will dive in deeper on the process for trails to become designated National Water Trails, which are a subset of the National Recreation Trails.


Feb 25, 2021

Journeys North: A Thru-Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail

Experience what it’s like to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail from National Geographic’s “dean of America’s long-distance trails.”


published Jun 1984

Francis Beidler Forest Four Holes Swamp Trail, South Carolina

The South Carolina Lowcountry's "real swamp" experience!


Jun 30, 2022

Fundamentals of National Recreation Trails

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as a National Recreation Trail (NRT), the history of NRTs, the process for trails to become NRTs, and more.


published Aug 2018

Art Along Trails

by Stuart Macdonald

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


published Aug 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.


Dec 10, 2020

Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks

Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks includes a wealth of practical advice on how to visit and hike the national parks and concludes with a plea to readers to evolve from national park visitors to national park stewards. This book would make a great holiday gift!


published Jan 2021

Design for Understanding: Protecting Trail Users in the Time of Covid-19

by Don Meeker with Terrabilt Wayfinding Systems

Don Meeker, president of Terrabilt, reflects on trails as a critical sanctuary during COVID-19, and provides guidance on signage to keep everyone on trails safe. Terrabilt will also provide the production artwork for their COVID-19 trail sign for free.


published Jan 2016

State of Victoria’s Guidelines for trail planning, design and management

The State of Victoria’s Guidelines for Trail Planning, Design and Management aims at “development of exceptional trail experiences. A useful feature is a trail planning and design checklist. The book also covers management models, marketing and brand- ing, community and stakeholder engagement, and monitoring and review.


published Aug 2018

Trails With Two Adjacent Treads

by Stuart Macdonald

Separate trails in the same corridor provide for different activities.


Jan 17, 2017

Huts for Hiking, Skiing, and Biking: Why, Where, and How?

An overview of hut systems in USA and around the world, which includes a wide range of accommodations systems such as shelters, yurts, platform tents, inns and B&B's, hostels, and mountain huts of every size and kind.