Resources for building trails and greenways: design guidelines, construction techniques, materials, trail paving and surfacing, and trailhead signs and facilities.


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posted Jul 23, 2018

Trailbuilding Basics

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is a time-tested international trails program that teaches how to create environmentally sound and fun trails!

  • tags: mountain biking, imba
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jul 23, 2018

Soil Stabilizers On Universally Accessible Trails

For the past several years, national forests around the country have been looking for ways to make areas more universally accessible, while maintaining a natural appearance that is not as distracting as concrete, asphalt, boardwalks, and other obviously manmade pathways.

  • tags: maintenance, accessibilty
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jul 23, 2018

What’s Under Foot? Multi-use Trail Surfacing Options

Key criteria in arriving at a recommended trail surface.

  • tags: surfaces
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jul 23, 2018

Guidelines for Snowmobile Trail Groomer Operator Training

by International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA)

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide snowmobiling agencies, associations, and clubs with guidelines that are a resource for grooming, maintenance and increasing community awareness of snowmobile trails.

  • tags: snowmobile
categories: Building and Maintenance, Advocacy and Promotion

posted Jan 3, 2018

Sustainable Trails: Doing it Right the First Time

by John Favro with TrailsGuy, LLC Trails Consulting

When you construct or reroute a trail, you are putting a structure on the landscape that will be there, in good or bad condition, for 100 years or more in most places. So why not do it right?

  • tags: sustainability
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 4, 2018

Optimizing Trail Grade: The Key to Creating Sought-After Trails

by Randy Martin with Trailscape

Designers and land managers should consider the benefits of lengthening trails to lower the average grade while at the same time including short sections that are much steeper.

  • tags: equestrian, mountain biking
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 19, 2018

Developing Sustainable Mountain Trail Corridors

by Hugh Duffy with National Park Service

This article introduces the criteria of maximum profile grade relative to the existing cross slope (fall line) as key to the development of natural surface trail projects that are sustainable. Key trail design concepts excerpted from trail documents are presented in this article.

  • tags: sustainability
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 19, 2018

Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

This 300-page spiral-bound publication, several years in the making, provides a first-ever comprehensive "how-to" guidebook for developing all types of recreational trails.

  • tags: funding
categories: Funding, Planning and Management, Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 19, 2018

Two Trail Design Books Cover "How to Think" and "How to Do It"

by American Trails Staff

A review of two popular trail design books.

  • tags: sustainability, mountain biking, surfaces, safety
categories: Design, Building and Maintenance

posted Jan 24, 2018

Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook

by Federal Highway Administration, USDA Forest Service

An updated edition of the "Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook" first released in 1996.

  • tags: maintenance
categories: Building and Maintenance