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published Mar 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.


Apr 22, 2021

Effective Programs to Improve Access and Use of Trails for Youth from Under-Resourced Communities

This webinar will identify trail studies and existing programs that may effectively promote and increase the use of trails among youth, especially those from under-resourced neighborhoods or communities.


published Oct 2020

Solutions to Homelessness on Trails

by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails

In August of 2020 American Trails held a webinar called "Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy." This webinar discussed how the city of Modesto, California dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails. These are some key takeaways from the webinar.


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 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 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


Jan 12, 2021

Expedition Antarctica (and Beyond): How I Learnt to Sail

Join the adventure in Antarctica; sailing, scuba, ski mountaineering and fly fishing via horseback in this hour long presentation with Mike Powell, the adventurer himself. Any donations made will go towards the Community Boating Center in Bellingham, WA.


published Mar 2009

Braille trail building and renovation

by American Trails Staff

Braille trails and sensory gardens offer sustainable and accessible ways to safely experience the outdoors and provide opportunities to interact with nature.


Jun 10, 2021

Understanding the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Program

Learn about the benefits to designating your trail(s) as an NRT, the history of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program, the process for trails to become NRTs, the role of NRT Ambassadors, and more.


published Nov 2019

Trails Crossing on Active Railroad Lines

by Stuart Macdonald

One of the most difficult trail facilities to accomplish is a crossing of an active rail line.


Aug 27, 2020

Balancing Recreational Area Use with Homelessness and Vagrancy

This webinar will share how the City of Modesto, CA, dealt with the challenge of homelessness and vagrancy in their parks and trails.


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.