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Trail Overcrowding And Impact

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posted Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Determining trail capacity or level of service

by American Trails Staff

How many users can a paved trail support before it becomes too crowded or over used?

categories: trail overcrowding and impact
tags: faq, shared-use, urban trails, editorial, trail overcrowding and impact

published Apr 1, 2001

Studies Weigh Mountain-Biking, Hiking Impacts

New research suggests that mountain suggests that mountain bikes and boots leave equal wear and tear on trails. How bikers ride and where hikers step may make more of a difference.

categories: trail overcrowding and impact
tags: sustainable trails, counting trail users, trail overcrowding and impact, leave no trace

posted May 30, 2018

How Agencies Manage Multi-use Trails

Multi-Use Trail Management Policy: User-Group Conflict and Resource Impact Issues.

categories: trail overcrowding and impact
tags: sustainable trails, risk management, safety, cost, conflict, policy, trail overcrowding and impact

posted Dec 5, 2019

Trail Maintenance Skills and Competencies

by American Trails Staff

Specific skills used in maintenance of trails and greenways: maintenance of trails; repair of various trail elements; maintenance of trailheads and related facilities.

categories: trail overcrowding and impact
tags: training, skills, maintenance, restoration, trail overcrowding and impact

posted Jun 20, 2019

Counting Trail Users

by Matt Ainsley with Eco-Counter, Inc.

Until recently, user count data was collected manually through an annual volunteer effort. In 2017, however, a program in Pennsylvania took their count program to the next level by rolling out 17 automated Eco-Counters in all four corners of the state.

categories: trail overcrowding and impact
tags: shared-use, counting trail users, trail overcrowding and impact