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published Mar 2007

Basic Elements of Trail Design and Trail Layout

by American Trails Staff

The goal of trail building is to create a long-term relationship between humans and nature.


published Jul 2018

Educating trail users: advice for planning interpretive trail signs and exhibits

by California State Parks, Statewide Trails Section

It’s up to you as a park steward to instill a sense of appreciation for the story that needs to be told – interpretive theme and messages of the trail must be well planned.


published Jan 2021

FAQ: What is the definition of a trail?

by American Trails Staff

Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.


published Jul 2020

Wayfinding Signs: Who, What, When, Where, and Why

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

Wayfinding signs are the perfect way to easily communicate with trail users and keep them safe and oriented on the trail.


Jan 21, 2021

Making Meaningful Spaces: A Brief Survey of Integrative Active Transportation

Learn about best practices in active transportation placemaking projects and programs.


published Dec 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 Aug 2018

Power lines along trails

by Stuart Macdonald

Examples of electric transmission lines in shared utility corridors with trails, railtrails, and greenways.


published Sep 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 Feb 2020

What is the Typical Width of a Shared-Use Trail?

by American Trails Staff

The best answer that you will get for how wide a trail should be is “It depends.”


Sep 10, 2020

Effective Wayfinding Signage: Trail System Planning, Design, and Implementation

Hear from three different organizations how to prepare effective, user-friendly, and time-dynamic wayfinding signage guidelines.


published Nov 2019

Safe Encounters with Horses on Shared-Use Trails

by Dianne Martin

American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.


Jan 28, 2021

Brownfields to Trails: Steps to Success

This presentation will discuss the major steps and considerations for planners and designers when designing in brownfields.