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posted Apr 20, 2018

Rocky Mountain Pack String promotes stock packing skills

by Glenn Ryan with USDA Forest Service

The Rocky Mountain Regional Specialty Pack String assists in managing and maintaining wilderness and back country areas using traditional animal packing livestock skills.

  tags: preservation, wilderness, backcountry

posted Jan 24, 2018

Design and Management for Backcountry Horse Trails

by Jim Murphy with Back Country Horsemen of America

Trail conflict occurs: among different user groups, among different users within the same group, and as a result of factors not related to a users' trail activities.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, wilderness, backcountry

posted Aug 6, 2019

Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Area, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

Spanning nearly 400 miles across eight counties, this backcountry trail system provides for a variety of trail uses, including all-terrain vehicle use, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, historic, mountain biking, off-highway vehicles (ohv), travel & tourism, backcountry

posted Sep 12, 2018

Martin Van Buren Nature Trail, New York

by American Trails Staff

The trail system at the Martin Van Buren Natural Historic Site leads to meadows, a stream, and marshland, and highlights notable trees, shrubs, flowers, and wildlife.

  tags: urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenways and open space, historic, backcountry, nature trail, snow and winter trails

posted May 30, 2018

Minimizing Llama Impact in the Backcountry

In most cases, the same rules set forth for pack stock use on public lands apply to llamas. Llamas have been found to have a similar impact on trails as hikers.

  tags: preservation, wilderness, backcountry, leave no trace, mud and erosion, trail etiquette


posted Mar 29, 2018

Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system was developed cooperatively by the City of Orange Beach and Gulf State Park (Alabama State Parks Division) to provide recreation and access to one of the last remaining maritime forest communities along the Alabama coast.

  tags: shared use, backcountry

posted Mar 29, 2018

Lena Lake Trail, Olympic National Forest, Washington

by American Trails Staff

Climbing through thick conifer woods to a scenic lake, the Lena Lake National Recreation Trail is managed by Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal District.

  tags: birding, nature trail, parks, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 29, 2018

Coon Creek Trail System - Forever Wild Coon Creek Tract, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The trail system consists of two trails; the Wood Duck Trail and the Overlook Loop. The trails are near Yates Reservoir in Tallapoosa County.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, backcountry, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Jacksonville Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project.

  tags: historic, backcountry, greenways and open space, nature trail, rails-to-trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Cameron Park Trails, Waco, Texas

by American Trails Staff

This 20-mile system of trails s features handcrafted bridges, views of the Brazos and Bosque Rivers from 100-foot cliffs, and cedar groves.

  tags: historic, mountain biking, shared use, parks, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Canyon National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Located in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) , this 2.2-mile interpretive trail provides access to wildlife viewing in the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.

  tags: birding, interpretation, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Catwalk Trail, Gila National Forest, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built a hanging walkway trail following the path of an old pipeline.

  tags: historic, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Chupadera Wilderness National Recreation Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Traversing the Chupadera Wilderness Area of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, this 9.5-mile backcountry trail is rich in wildlife and wildflowers.

  tags: wilderness, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dripping Spring Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Hiking and biking trails in the rugged area of southern New Mexico operated by the Bureau of Land Management.

  tags: backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Fisher Towers National Recreation Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this 2.2-mile backcountry trail provides access to one of the most unique geological hikes in North America.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Francis Beidler Forest Four Holes Swamp Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The South Carolina Lowcountry's "real swamp" experience!

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Gooseberry Mesa Trail, Utah

by American Trails Staff

Challenging mountain bike trail in the slickrock country of southern Utah.

  tags: mountain biking, partnerships, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Horton's Slough Trail, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

Wetlands and waterfowl are featured on this trail at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, interpretation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Kanatak Trail, Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

The Kanatak Trail is a route used for centuries to cross the coastal mountains of the Alaska Peninsula. The Kanatak Trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

King Range Crest National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular mountain trails with wide ocean views in northern California's Mendocino County

  tags: wilderness, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lost Coast National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

Spectacular coastal trail on the Lost Coast of northern California's Mendocino County.

  tags: wilderness, backcountry, hiking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mason-Dixon Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

This 30-mile section of the 193-mile Mason-Dixon Trail is a hiking trail that follows the lower Susquehanna River in York County, PA. There are beautiful views, deep ravines with waterfalls, and several big climbs and descents to where streams have carved out canyons in the river hills.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Massanutten Mountain Trail, Virginia

by American Trails Staff

The trail is steeped in history, and offers a rich diversity of eastern wildflowers and animals in the area of Virginia between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Great North Mountain to the west.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Mullet Hall Equestrian Trail System, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Trails on the former Mullet Hall Plantation are managed specifically for horse trail riding.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

North Umpqua National Recreation Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

Multi-use trail follows the Umpqua River for 79 miles into the Cascade Mountains.

  tags: shared use, backcountry, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Old Growth Ridge Trail, BLM Eugene District, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Bureau of Land Management's Whittaker Creek campground provides the trailhead for this scenic climb through huge Douglas fir trees, as well as western hemlock, red cedar, red alder, and big leaf maple

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Painted Desert Trail, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This backcountry trail extends over a mile through Imperial National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Palm Canyon Trail, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

An area of rugged beauty, Palm Canyon may be the only place in Arizona where native palm trees, California Fan Palms, can be found.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Perseverance National Recreation Trail, Juneau, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

Alaska's First Road: One of the three most historically significant trails in Alaska.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Pinnell Mountain Trail, Alaska

The trail follows ridges above timber line in the vastness of interior Alaska.

  tags: safety, wilderness, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Rich Guadagno Memorial Trail, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The 1,000th National Recreation Trail dedicated to refuge manager killed on United Flight 93.

  tags: birding, conservation and environment, memorial, preservation, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 27, 2018

Tent Rocks Trail, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Intriguing rock formations on the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

The trail passes through some of the most pristine remote areas of the USDA's National Grasslands.

  tags: historic, parks, backcountry, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

The Tahoe Rim Trail, Nevada and California

by American Trails Staff

The National Recreation Trail designation for the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) includes 96 miles of the 165-mile trail which runs along the ridges and mountain tops that encircle the Lake Tahoe Basin.

  tags: partnerships, backcountry, hiking, long-distance trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Trail System, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Sanctuary consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp, and a beach. It is located at the eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 14-mile long barrier island situated off the Alabama Gulf Coast.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bailey's Woods National Recreation Trail, Oxford, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

Bailey's Woods Trail connects the University Museum at the University of Mississippi to Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's residence in Oxford, MS.

  tags: nature trail, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cross Island National Recreation Trail, Maryland

by American Trails Staff

The trail links communities and scenic natural areas on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

  tags: shared use, backcountry, greenways and open space

posted Mar 26, 2018

Danny On National Recreation Trail, Whitefish, Montana

by American Trails Staff

A trail with spectacular views of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park that is accessible by a chairlift.

  tags: parks, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Drinking Horse Mountain National Recreation Trail, Montana

by American Trails Staff

Climbing 700 feet from Bridger Creek through to the summit of Drinking Horse Mountain, the figure-eight loop trail offers scenic vistas in the Bozeman area and surrounding mountain ranges.

  tags: birding, bridges, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Funk Peterson Wildlife Trail, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

Located in the Funk Waterfowl Production Area, this 3-mile backcountry loop trail is a bird watcher’s paradise, providing habitat for millions of bird.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Grimes Point Trail, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

Trail through Grimes Point Archaeological Site provides access to petroglyphs near ancient lake.

  tags: historic, interpretation, backcountry, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Mineral Ridge, a day use picnic site, serves as a trailhead for the 3.3-mile Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail. This scenic trail, rising 700 feet in elevation, offers hikers a lofty overlook of Coeur d'Alene Lake.

  tags: backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mines of Spain State Recreation Area Trails System, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Located south of Dubuque along the Mississippi River, the 20-mile trail system provides opportunities for recreation as well as environmental education.

  tags: birding, interpretation, nature trail, wildlife and habitat, backcountry, snow and winter trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

River Mountains Loop Trail, Nevada

by American Trails Staff

The paved multiple use, multi-jurisdictional trail runs 35 miles around the River Mountains connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Henderson, and the Las Vegas Valley.

  tags: funding, interpretation, partnerships, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Spyglass Hill Trail, Enid Lake, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake manages the 17 mile multi-purpose trail. The trail provides visitors with recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, equestrian riding and a chance to visit historical areas of Enid Lake.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, historic, wildlife and habitat, backcountry

posted Mar 26, 2018

Weiser River National Recreation Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

The 85-mile rail trail between Weiser and New Meadows passes through desert canyons, evergreen forests, alpine meadows, and small towns. Highlights of the trail are the historic trestles and abundant wildlife.

  tags: backcountry, greenways and open space

posted Jan 19, 2018

Sustainability of Backcountry Trails

by National Park Service

A document providing the basis for the most sustainable backcountry trail for all trail types with the least impact to natural, historic, cultural and aesthetic resources.

  tags: sustainable trails, wilderness, preservation, backcountry

posted Jul 1, 2012

BCHA Announces Equestrian Awards for 2012

As the United States’ leading organization defending our right to ride horses on public lands, Back Country Horsemen of America are people who pursue excellence in all they do, from clearing trails and repairing bridges to promoting horse-friendly legislation. Appropriately, they go out of their way to recognize those who go above and beyond with the Double Diamond Award.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, wilderness, maintenance, backcountry

posted Sep 25, 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.

  tags: horses and equestrian trails, construction, maintenance, backcountry

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