For trails to be considered “sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the environment while minimizing trail maintenance.
Trails act as the primary transportation network for roadless portions of protected natural areas. They
encourage the public to get out and enjoy natural settings without harming them. For trails to be considered
“sustainable” they must meet these recreational needs while providing adequate protection to the
environment while minimizing trail maintenance. Poorly designed trails require frequent maintenance and
are often susceptible to excessive erosion, muddiness, and tread widening. Poorly designed trails are also
less enjoyable and less safe to hike due to these impacts and to steep grades.
Published July 2022
The Fort River Birding and Nature Trail is a universally accessible trail. It was presented with the 2014 Paul Winske Access Award by the Stavros Center for Independent Living.
Before trail builders start digging, they first have to lay the trail, flag the line, and more to ensure a grade that not only matches the terrain but also is well throughout to prevent erosion.
GEOWEB® panels are used to reconstruct Kittery Point's walking trail and maintenance road.
Let’s talk about grubbing and raking tools! You might have heard the term grubbing before, but if you’re new to trail building, it may be unfamiliar. Grubbing is when you are removing earth and topsoil. Basically digging into the first while removing vegetation in the process. Trail builders may also call this process hogging.