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posted Aug 14, 2018

Fort River Birding and Nature Trail, Massachusetts

by American Trails Staff

The one-mile trail provides a chance to enjoy the natural world at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: nature trail, accessibility and accessible trails, birding, snow

posted Aug 14, 2018

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

by American Trails Staff

This designated National Recreation Trail runs 4.18 miles through northern Delaware and includes Recreational Trails Program funding.

  tags: health, accessibility and accessible trails, partnerships, mountain biking, nature trail, urban trails

posted May 22, 2018

Nature Trail Development on Small Acreages

by University of Arkansas

The purpose of this publication is to provide an introduction to trail design for those who intend to develop trails for nature walking, hiking, horseback riding or ATVs on less than 40 acres. Some technical aspects are presented for those planning to expend resources for constructing trails such as around schoolyards or community facilities or as part of a wildlife enterprise.

  tags: nature trail, sustainable trails

posted Feb 16, 2018

Creating Accessible Trails with Universally Designed Interpretation

This webinar will provide an overview of Mass Audubon’s All Persons Hiking Trails.

  tags: nature trail, advancing trails webinar series

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, greenway, historic, backcountry, nature trail, snow

posted Sep 12, 2018

Mount Umunhum National Recreation Trail, California

by American Trails Staff

The 3.7-mile multi-use trail climbs to one of the few publicly accessible peaks in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  tags: urban trails, nature trail

posted Sep 10, 2018

New Trails for a Significant Texas Playa Wildlife Preserve

by American Trails Staff

Design for trail system provides wildlife viewing and teaches about playa resources.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Jul 23, 2018

Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind - Terminology

by American Trails Staff

A list of key words, concepts, and terms used in the study of wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, birding, nature trail

posted Jul 20, 2018

Planning trails for Hidden Valley Park Natural Area

by Jimmi Lossing with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

A planning team comprised of the project partners and local residents was formed to address an unplanned system of trails and off-road vehicle routes in the Kansas City open space park.

  tags: youth and kids on trails, nature trail, mud and erosion


posted Apr 11, 2018

Tannehill Tramway National Recreation Trail, McCalla, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

This crushed stone walking trail follows a section of an old mule-drawn tramline from the historic Tannehill Ironworks and nearby brown iron ore beds inside Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near McCalla, in central Alabama.

  tags: historic, nature trail

posted Apr 11, 2018

Veterans Park National Recreation Trail, Hoover, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8-mile trail features a running/walking cross-country course and boardwalk winding through an open field, wetland, and woodlands in the City of Hoover’s newest and largest park.

  tags: shared use, parks, greenway, nature trail, urban trails

posted Apr 11, 2018

Village Pointe Preserve Park Trail System, Daphne, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

Crushed stone, natural surface, and boardwalk trail located in a park on the Eastern Shore Trail. The trails lead to Mobile Bay and a fishing pier with a view of the City of Mobile across the bay.

  tags: historic, nature trail, wildlife and habitat

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

posted Mar 29, 2018

Montevallo Greenway Trail, Montevallo, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The two-mile Montevallo Greenway Trail connects Orr Park, the downtown business district, the University of Montevallo and the University Lake Recreation Area.

  tags: greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Spokane River Centennial National Recreation Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

The trail runs along the Spokane River for 37 miles from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, Washington. The paved trail is used both for commuting to work and for recreation.

  tags: marketing, urban trails, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Swan Creek Greenway National Recreation Trail, Athens, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

The Swan Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.3 mile long shaded trail that parallels Swan Creek, offering pedestrians views of gentle rapids, ample wildlife, and lush timberlands. The trail also connects many recreational facilities open to the public.

  tags: greenway, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

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, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 29, 2018

Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail (Piedmont Section), Alabama

by American Trails Staff

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

  tags: historic, greenway, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail, Austin, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail is one of the most well-used trails in America. Formerly called Town Lake Trail.

  tags: shared use, nature trail, urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Berg/Animas Trail, Farmington, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

Animas and Berg Parks are home to a network of trails along the Animas River in Farmington. These trails run along the river’s edges, wind through groves of native cottonwoods, and cross the Animas River by bridge at two points.

  tags: parks, horses and equestrian trails, greenway, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Betty's Kitchen Interpretive Trail, Yuma, Arizona

by American Trails Staff

This National Recreation Trail in Betty's Kitchen Wildlife and Interpretive Area invites vistors along the Colorado River at the California border.

  tags: historic, interpretation, nature trail

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

Fort Mandan Nature & History Trail, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

An interpretive and wildlife site along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

  tags: nature trail, greenway, snow

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

High Desert Trail System, New Mexico

by American Trails Staff

The three mountain bicycling loops go from easy beginner to intermediate to technical, connecting communities of Gamerco and Mentmore, adjacent to Gallup, New Mexico. Designed specifically for mountain bikes, the trail system is great for an afternoon loop mountain bike ride with the family or all-day epic ride.

  tags: mountain biking, fitness, nature trail, desert trails, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Highlands Plateau Greenway, Highlands, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Located in Highlands, North Carolina, the 5-mile network of walking trails connects natural areas and historic sites. Straddling the Eastern Continental Divide in a temperate rain forest, the area boasts the highest floral and faunal diversity in North America.

  tags: greenway, nature trail, urban trails, youth corps

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lacy Point Nature Trail, Waco Lake, Texas

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 19-mile interpretive trail on the west shore of Waco Lake, through Bottomland hardwoods, scrub, and grassland in central Texas.

  tags: nature trail, horses and equestrian trails, mountain biking

posted Mar 27, 2018

Lions Park National Recreation Trail, Temple, Texas

by American Trails Staff

Given its artistic features, hilltop vistas, and recreational facilities, it is easy to see why this 2-mile walking trail is so popular with Temple residents of all ages.

  tags: nature trail, greenway, parks

posted Mar 27, 2018

McTrail National Recreation Trail, Marion County, West Virginia

by American Trails Staff

McTrail is managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and is highlighted by a 1,200 ft lighted tunnel. It runs 2.2 miles from Fairmont, WV to Prickett’s Fort State Park.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Munch's Coulee Trail, Kenmare, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

Located along the Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge State Scenic Byway, this 1-mile loop trail provides spectacular vistas of the Refuge's wildflowers, Lower Des Lacs Lake, and nearby wetlands.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

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

Row River National Recreation Trail, Cottage Grove, Oregon

by American Trails Staff

The Row River Trail runs 15.6 miles along an abandoned rail line from Cottage Grove to Dorena Lake, Culp Creek and the nearby Umpqua National Forest.

  tags: historic, marketing, shared use, horses and equestrian trails, fitness, mountain biking, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Sandtown Nature Trail, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma

by American Trails Staff

This one-mile long loop trail meanders along the river and includes benches, observation decks, and an informational kiosk. Visitors can observe the resident and migratory wildlife and breathtaking Oklahoma landscape at the Refuge.

  tags: birding, nature trail, wildlife and habitat

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

Tunstall Riverwalk, Jacksonport State Park, Arkansas

by American Trails Staff

Less than a mile long, this trail affords visitors a relaxing, educational stroll along the White River from Jacksonport State Park's campground to the site of the historic Mary Woods No. 2 steamboat.

  tags: historic, nature trail, parks, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge Trails, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

Located near downtown Denver, this 1.5-mile trail serves an urban population yet provides visitors an opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife amidst wetlands and prairies.

  tags: preservation, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Washburn Discovery Trail, Washburn, North Dakota

by American Trails Staff

This 2.2-mile multi-use trail along the route of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail provides scenic vistas of the Missouri River.

  tags: historic, shared use, nature trail

posted Mar 27, 2018

Youghiogheny River Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The trail follows the Youghiogheny River banks in the Ohiopyle State Park. The trail features scenic views of the river, cascading feeder streams, maturing deciduous forests.

  tags: shared use, nature trail

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

Barclay Farm National Recreation Trail, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

Barclay Farm Trails are an interconnected system of trails totaling three-quarters of a mile located on a National Register of Historic Places designated eighteenth century farmstead that is now Cherry Hill Township Open Space land.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Bartram National Recreation Trail, J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located at J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Project on the Gaorgia-South Carolina border, the 27-mile long Bartram Trail is designed for mountain biking with easier sections as well as fast single track challenges.

  tags: mountain biking, wildlife and habitat, fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Black River National Recreation Trail, Missouri

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 3.25-mile gentle paved and gravel trail that winds through the bottomland hardwoods and pines along the Black River below Clearwater Dam near Piedmont, MO.

  tags: birding, shared use, water trails, fitness, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Centennial Trail, Indian River County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Located at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, this 0.75-mile accessible trail tells the story of the first national wildlife refuge and celebrates the entire Refuge System, offering visitors the chance to learn about each national wildlife refuge in the country while enjoying scenic overlooks and abundant wildlife.

  tags: birding, interpretation, preservation, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Cress Creek Nature Trail, Idaho

by American Trails Staff

Cress Creek Nature Trail is a self-guided interpretative trail that highlights the unique natural characteristics of eastern Idaho.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Croft Farm National Recreation Trail, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

Croft Farm Trails are an interconnected system of trails totaling 1.45 miles located on a National Register of Historic Places designated eighteenth century farmstead that is now Cherry Hill Township Open Space land.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Froland National Recreation Trail, Froland Waterfowl Production Area, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Froland Waterfowl Production Area Interpretive Trail winds around several wetlands through scenic restored prairie and oak savanna in west-central Minnesota. An accessible trail leads to an observation platform overlooking a large wetland.

  tags: birding, conservation and environment, interpretation, preservation, snow, wildlife and habitat, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Gary L. Haller National Recreation Trail, Kansas

by American Trails Staff

Johnson County, Kansas, manages the 17.5-mile trail which begins in Olathe and continues north through Lenexa and Shawnee. The scenic, multi-use route was one of the first major trail facilities completed in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

  tags: historic, interpretation, shared use, greenway, nature trail, urban trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

General Dacey National Recreation Trail, Shelbyville, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the six-mile multi-purpose trail that connects Lake Shelbyville and Forrest Park with the City of Shelbyville, IL.

  tags: greenway, shared use, fitness, nature trail, snow

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

Hackensack River Greenway, New Jersey

by American Trails Staff

The Greenway is a 3.5 mile pedestrian walkway and nature trail along the Hackensack River.

  tags: nature trail, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Jacobus Park Nature Trail, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A hiking and biking loop trail takes visitors through a woodland island in Metropolitan Milwaukee.

  tags: nature trail, parks

posted Mar 26, 2018

Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail, Gwinnett County, Georgia

by American Trails Staff

Located in Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, this multi-purpose 2.2-mile trail circles a beautiful lake and provides multiple access points to the lake including two fishing pier.

  tags: historic, nature trail, fitness

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail which provides access to the shoreline at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: historic, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Kohl Park Hiking Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

Milwaukee County's Kohl Park is a partnership with local scout troops and other volunteers.

  tags: shared use, urban trails, volunteers, fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Magnolia Trail, Natchez, Mississippi

by American Trails Staff

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge south of Natchez hosts this trail.

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

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

posted Mar 26, 2018

Mud Pond Trail, Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire

by American Trails Staff

The trail is located on the Pondicherry Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and is universally accessible. It includes a 900 foot long raised boardwalk with rest stops that offer extraordinary views of a boreal forest and wetland communities.

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

posted Mar 26, 2018

Paint Creek Trail, Oakland County, Michigan

by American Trails Staff

A popular community trail through natural areas in southeast Michigan. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2006.

  tags: historic, wildlife and habitat, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Pioneer Nature Trail, Kansas

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages this hiking trail in the Flint Hills of Kansas at at Council Grove Lake.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Rend Lake National Recreation Trail, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

In addition to providing hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities, this meandering trail extends over 19 miles of Southern Illinois lakeside terrain.

  tags: fitness, greenway, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Seven Bridges Trail, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

This 2-mile nature trail is a focal point of Grant Park, one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Smith's Island Nature Trail, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

Trail partnerships and community support have made this a successful and popular trail.

  tags: nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Timber Point Trail, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

by American Trails Staff

The trail is located on the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and is a scenic 1.4 mile loop located in Biddeford Pool that takes visitors through forests and meadows to the Atlantic Ocean.

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

posted Mar 1, 2018

Armand Bayou Hiking Trail Restoration Project, Texas

Funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant from Texas' state trails program, this trail rehabilitation project at a nonprofit nature center used a wide variety of funding and volunteer assistance.

  tags: nature trail, restoration, conservation corps

posted Jan 24, 2018

Wetland Trail Development

by American Trails Staff

Wetland identification, working with wetlands regulation, and trail development in riparian areas.

  tags: nature trail

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