Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths

Guidance for Accessibility and Inclusive Design

How can trail groups, local governments, and land trusts responsibly plan, develop, and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility? What are best management practices? What is legally required? When is universal accessibility not appropriate?

by Larry Knutson, Founder and President, Penn Trails LLC


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Published March 2022

About the Author

Larry Knutson is the founder and President of Penn Trails, LLC, an active member company of the Professional TrailBuilders Association, North America’s largest private sector group of professional trail specialists, contractors, designers and consultants. Located nearCarlisle, Pennsylvania, Penn Trails' services include: Trail Assessments, Trail Project Planning and Design, Trail Project Management and Construction Management

In addition, the company offers a wide range of professional trails training and education programs for federal, state, municipal and non-­‑profit clients.

Contact: [email protected]