The International Trails Symposium

The premier opportunity for the worldwide trails community

Every two years American Trails sponsors the International Trails Symposium to bring together trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners, and users, as well as tourism and business interests.

The symposium is the largest gathering of all trail interests— professionals, managers, and users who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone


2019 Symposium in Syracuse, New York

Syracuse, New York will host the 24th American Trails International Trails Symposium, to be held April 28 - May 1, 2019.

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National & International Trails Awards

30 Years in the Making

Explore Past Symposiums



2017 International Trails Symposium

We were proud to feature for a second Symposium the Professional TrailBuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Workshop Series, Legacy Trail, and Technical Track. This was an inspiring and educational conference as we came together as a trails community.

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2015 International Trails Symposium

We were proud to feature the Professional TrailBuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Workshop Series, Legacy Trail, and Technical Track.

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2013 International Trails Symposium

The 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium was held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Hotel & Conference Center near Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale, Arizona

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2010 National Trails Symposium

The 20th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held November 14-17, 2010 along the Tennessee Riverpark Greenway in downtown Chattanooga.

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2008 National Trails Symposim

The 19th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held November 15-18, 2008 along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, AR.

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2006 National Trails Symposium

The 18th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held October 19-22, 2006 in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

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2004 National Trails Symposium

The 17th National Trails Symposium was held in Austin, Texas, October 21-24, 2004 on the shores of scenic Town Lake along the 11-mile Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail.

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2002 National Trails Symposium

The 16th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held November 10-13, 2002, at the Coronado Springs Hotel in central Florida near Orlando.

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2000 National Trails Symposium

The 15th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held in Redding in northern California, with the theme of "Trails and the American Spirit - 2000 and Beyond."

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1998 National Trails Symposium

The 14th American Trails National Trails Symposium was held November 13-17, 1998 in Tucson, AZ; featured speakers were Royal Robbins, Tom Whittaker, and John Horsley.

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