posted Sep 22, 2023
This five-part course discusses what it means for a trail to be sustainable. It describes the lifecycle of sustainable trails and includes lessons on hydrology, structures, tools, tread and alignment.
posted Sep 19, 2023
The Career Pathways Portal is a centralized hub of career information. Emerging and established trails professionals can explore career development options, find learning opportunities and jobs. Click the infographics below or keep scrolling to learn more.
posted Sep 13, 2023
The Trail Fund has now morphed into two programs. The Trails Capacity Program fills the role of what the "Trail Fund" was in 2021, and the Legacy Trails Program now offers Legacy Roads and Trails funding to projects on U.S. Forest Service lands.
posted Sep 11, 2023
The tools shown here are those used most often by Forest Service trail crews. They are categorized into tools for sawing, chopping, grubbing, digging and tamping, pounding, and hammering, lifting and hauling, peeling and shaping, and sharpening and rehandling. Each tool is described along with helpful techniques for use and maintenance.
posted Jul 24, 2023
A group of nationwide trail professionals representing federal agencies, trail nonprofits, and the private sector initiated this project to develop a common trail competency framework, focusing on enhancing professionalism as well as a higher level of skill.
posted May 9, 2022
Everything you need to know about trail counters, trail user surveys, and other information to better understand and engage your trail users.*
posted Apr 11, 2022
Everything you need to know about the positive impact of trails on health, environment, economics, and more.
posted Feb 14, 2022
Everything you need to know about trail planning and design for long lasting trails.
posted Jan 18, 2022
Everything you need to know about planning, building, and managing shared-use trails.
posted Nov 9, 2021
Everything you need to know about planning, building, and maintaining accessible trails.
posted Aug 5, 2019
The Primer provides discussion of broad wildlife topics, plus key concepts and rules of thumb to help with trail planning and management.
posted Jun 24, 2019
by Taylor Goodrich with American Trails
Managing volunteers to achieve high quality trail stewardship work for land managers is not easy. Explore the tools and resources available to you that will help you start, expand or enhance your outdoor stewardship volunteer program, achieving your goals, and providing exceptional service to land managers.
posted Aug 14, 2018
The one-mile trail provides a chance to enjoy the natural world at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
posted Aug 14, 2018
This designated National Recreation Trail runs 4.18 miles through northern Delaware and includes Recreational Trails Program funding.
posted Mar 1, 2024
Our Pathways eNewsletter is a summary of the professional development opportunities American Trails and others offer.
posted Feb 24, 2024
by Quinn Brett with National Park Service
This U.S. Fish and Wildlife presentation by Quinn Brett focuses on trail information and trail usability.
posted Feb 19, 2024
Located in the Sonoran desert, this paved interpretative, signed trail gives an overview of the plants, animals, and weather encountered in the desert.
posted Feb 19, 2024
This fully accessible boardwalk trail features fossil replicas and exhibits of now extinct creatures that once roamed the area.
posted Feb 15, 2024
American Trails sends out two monthly eNewsletters to the trails community: our beloved Trail Tracks eNewsletter and our new Pathways Professional Development eNewsletter.
posted Feb 12, 2024
We are excited to announce the projects we selected for funding for the 2024 Legacy Trail Program grant cycle. In this second year of the program, we funded a total of $1.35 million to 27 organizations.
posted Feb 7, 2024
American Trails is partnering with Trans Canada Trail to launch the inaugural North American Trail Sector Survey.
posted Feb 2, 2024
From our webinar archive we bring you Increasing Community Engagement on Local Trails During National Trails Day®.
posted Feb 1, 2024
Trails and greenways create healthy recreation and transportation opportunities by providing people of all ages with attractive, safe, accessible and low- or no-cost places to cycle, walk, hike, jog or skate.
posted Jan 26, 2024
This guide walks advocates and trail planners through the steps needed to see a greenway trail completed. The first section outlines the steps needed to get a project started, from identifying the corridor to cultivating the vision that will help inspire engagement and public support, and eventually lead to buy-in from state and/or local government.
posted Jan 22, 2024
The Call to Action provides strategies that communities can use to support walking, which we hope will result in long-lasting changes to improve the health and health care of Americans today and of the generations that follow.
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