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posted Apr 4, 2019

Backcountry Discovery Routes® and Tourism: How Adventure Motorcyclists Can Help Your Community

In 2017, BDR routes generated $17.3 million in new tourism expenditures, with the average traveling party spending $3,769 on their BDR trip.


posted Apr 4, 2019

Economic Impact of Off-Highway Recreation in the State of Arizona

by Arizona State University

From 2016 to 2017 Arizona State University conducted a study to measure the economic impact of OHV recreation, by retained and out of state visitors, on the State of Arizona.


posted Apr 4, 2019

The Equestrian Trail Riders Lifestyle

by Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC

A guide to keeping horses and the equestrian lifestyle.


posted Apr 4, 2019

Trail Bridge Design and Construction

by California State Parks, Statewide Trails Section

A trail bridge is a structure along a trail that spans over a waterway, precipitous slope, or other unstable ground that cannot support trail construction. Typically, a trail bridge is longer than a single span puncheon or boardwalk. If the height from the deck of the bridge to the ground or watercourse channel below is 48 inches or more, railings are required for safety. In addition to horizontal railings, a mid-rail or diagonal mid-rail is also necessary for edge protection.


posted Apr 3, 2019

CRT's Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards 2019 - Call for Nominations

by American Trails Staff

Nominations for the 2019 Coalition for Recreational Trails Achievement Awards are due May 1, 2019.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Bikeway Selection Guide

The Bikeway Selection Guide from the Federal Highway Administration will help planners make informed decisions about the selection of bike-way types. This guide emphasizes engineering judgment, design flexibility, documentation, and experimentation.


posted Mar 27, 2019

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.


posted Mar 27, 2019

Adopter Handbook for North County Trail

by North Country Trail Association

The North Country National Scenic Trail facilitates trail maintenance through a system of Trail Adopters who take responsibility for sections of trail. The NCTA Adopter Handbook notes that “A good trail experience is what gains support for the trail and ultimately increases membership.” The Handbook details standards for signs, blazes, tread, bridges, and campsites.


posted Mar 26, 2019

Business as “Un-usual”

by The Intertwine Alliance

A Portland Vision for Fostering Health and Nature in our Increasingly Urban World


posted Mar 25, 2019

Premier Health Atrium Medical Center Bike Park

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

The city of Lebanon, Ohio took an innovative approach to re-purposing an old city owned landfill property, turning it into a bike park which is both enjoyed by the local community, and serves as a tourist attraction to those outside the area.


posted Mar 22, 2019

National Recreation Trails to Visit This Spring

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Spring is in the air, and it is the perfect time to explore nature and view wildlife on our nation’s National Recreation Trails. Wildflowers are starting to bloom, birds are out in abundance, the weather is getting warmer, and these NRTs are some of the best trails out there to experience it all.


posted 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.