Trail Tools: Sources for Tools & Supplies

Most tools needed for trail work can be purchased from local hardware stores or suppliers of forestry gear or borrowed from equipment caches of land-management agencies. Specialty tools can be found from one of the following suppliers.

by Jim Schmid

A.M. Leonard

Landscaping tools
241 Fox Drive
Piquoa, OH 45356-0816

Ben Meadows Company

Tools & supplies
PO Box 5277
Janeville, WI 53547-5277

B.O.B. Trailers, Inc.

Yak and Ibex (suspension) bike trailers and tool racks for trailers
3641 Sacramento Dr. #3
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Country Home Products

DR Field and Brush mower
Meigs Road
PO Box 25
Vergennes, VT 05491

Forrest Tool Company

The Max – multi purpose tool
PO Box 768
Mendocino, CA 95460

Forestry Suppliers, Inc.

Tools & supplies
PO Box 8397
Jackson, MS 39284-8397

Lamberton Rake Similar to the McLeod PO Box211 Weippe, ID 83553 208-435-4597

Lee Valley Tools Tools & supplies PO Box 1780 Ogdensburg, NY 13669

Rogue Hoe LLC Trail specific grubbing tools 4360 Bado Rd. Cabool, MO 65689 417-962-5091

Sherrill, Inc.

Arborist supplies
200 East Seneca Road
Greensboro, NC 27406

Trail Services

Trail tools & Griphoist products
15 Westwood Road
Bangor, ME 04401

Zac Tools Tools 1560 Newbury Road #1-295 Newbury Park, CA 91320 805-444-0002


Carsonite International

Flexible signs and markers
PO Box 98
Early Branch, SC 29916-0098


Flexible signs and markers
531 North Los Alamos
Mesa, AZ 85213-7832

Scenic Signs

Signs and trailmarkers
2803 Emery Drive
Wausau, WI 54401-9709

Pannier Graphics

Fiberglass embedded signs
345 Oak Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044-9805


C.R. Daniels, Inc.
Canvas bags (#70-1121) for rock hauling
3451 Ellicott Center Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-461-2100 x2257

About the Author

During his career Jim Schmid served as South Carolina’s first State Trails Coordinator as well as working for the US Forest Service as a Trails Manager in AZ, ID, and FL and also had the pleasure of managing the Florida National Scenic Trail. Jim is a collector at heart. Check out his collection of trail quotes, terms, acronyms, sayings and more at In addition to updating his website and writing book reviews for American Trails Jim enjoys traveling around the country riding rail-trails and mtn bike trails.

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