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We all know a good trail when we’re on one. We’re not disoriented due to lack of signage or markers. We’re not climbing over downed trees or ducking under branches, and we’re not slogging through water or mud unless we’ve been forewarned beforehand. A good trail is one where we can fully enjoy our surroundings while challenging ourselves if that is our intent. Trails should provide for a variety of trail distances, loops, ecosystems, scenery and degrees of difficulty. As trail professionals, we should strive to make the best possible experience for users and learn from the past.
This manual is intended to inform organizations on the development or reconstruction of trails in the state of Florida, specifically providing design guidelines for unpaved hiking, cycling, equestrian and multiple-use trails in Florida. Trails are a gateway to nature and provide users with a means of learning about Florida’s diverse ecology and natural settings. A successful trail design requires an ability to recognize existing uses and user groups, while planning for future recreational needs.
While design criteria vary from organizations at the state and federal level, these guidelines are intended to be a broad base of information to begin the thought process of creating a trail. This document should be ideally used in addition to a collaborative trail design process with a professional design and engineering firm.
Published July 01, 2017
Solutions to graffiti on trails.
The Adopt-a-Trail manual addresses the work accomplished in the Adopt-a-Trail program. This manual is meant to acquaint the maintainer with park procedures, duties involved in adopting a trail, and methods for safely performing those duties.
The DCR’s Trails Program seeks to provide a safe, quality recreation experience for a diverse range of trail users while practicing sound stewardship of the Commonwealth’s natural and cultural resources. This “Trails Guidelines and Best Practices Manual” meets this responsibility by providing a consistent set of trail management policies, guidelines, procedures, and best practices in sustainable trail development.
VDOT developed this guide to aid the process of grassroots trail planning, based on the knowledge of experienced planners, research of best practices around the nation as well as the State, and the understanding gained from trail development process in the Town of Middleburg.