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posted Aug 5, 2019

Planning Trails With Wildlife in Mind - Wildlife and Trails Primer

by American Trails Staff

The Primer provides discussion of broad wildlife topics, plus key concepts and rules of thumb to help with trail planning and management.

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posted Aug 12, 2019

Wildlife and Trails Checklist — Introduction

by American Trails Staff

The Wildlife and Trail Planning Checklist is a sequence of wildlife-related questions and possible steps to consider in planning a trail.

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posted Jan 2, 2019

Indiana Wildlife Federation

To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

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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 10, 2018

Mori Point project restores trails as well as habitat

by American Trails Staff

Ponds for the threatened California red-legged frog were built along with new trails for recreation and interpretation at Mori Point along the San Mateo Coast near the town of Pacifica.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, partnerships

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 Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - I. What happens to plants near trails

by American Trails Staff

Encouraging visitors to stay on the trail is the most important issue, and is made easier by providing attractive, well-designed trail systems. Managers should also identify populations of plants that have been designated as threatened, endangered, or sensitive.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife and Trails Checklist — Step B: Considering alternatives

by American Trails Staff

The checklist focuses specifically on wildlife issues of trail planning and is designed to mirror comprehensive planning processes.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - A. Trails and their zones of influence

by American Trails Staff

A trail’s area of influence should be planned and managed as an integral part of the trail. This influence zone should provide recreationists with meaningful interactions with nature, without infringing on sensitive habitat.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - B. Avoiding large natural areas

by American Trails Staff

Protecting large, undisturbed areas of wildlife habitat should be a priority. Deciding whether or not to build a trail that may contribute to fragmentation is a tradeoff that the local community or land manager will have to make.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - C. Tools for a broader view

by American Trails Staff

Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - H. How wildlife respond to trails

by American Trails Staff

The construction of a trail is just one impact on the habitat it passes through. The activities of visitors and the response of wildlife are also components of the long-term trail impacts.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - J. Managing trails with wildlife in mind

by American Trails Staff

Offering wildlife interpretation and environmental education to trail users can play an important role in reducing impacts to wildlife. People more readily protect what they understand and appreciate.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - K. Making informed decisions

by American Trails Staff

Any trail will have at least some impact on wildlife. Therefore, deciding whether the recreational value of a trail outweighs those impacts is a community choice, or in some cases, a legal question.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part D. Habitat quality varies

by American Trails Staff

Looking at resources from a regional or landscape-wide perspective helps identify where trails should go and which areas should be conserved for wildlife.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part E. The importance of streamside areas

by American Trails Staff

By understanding the relative quality of riparian areas, it may be possible to find places within the riparian zone for trails that will have less impact on wildlife.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part F. Species and places of special interest

by American Trails Staff

While some species (such as bald eagle and Ute ladies-tresses orchids) and habitats (such as wetlands) have legal status that must be respected in the process of trail building, others may deserve special attention because of the value placed on them by a local community.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - Part G. A site’s existing impacts

by American Trails Staff

Assessing the amount of human disturbance already along a potential trail alignment can help set more real- istic wildlife goals for a trail project. Trail alignments may pass through one or more of the general levels of modification along a gradient from urban to pristine.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Planning Trails With Wildlife In Mind - CASE STUDIES and PROJECTS

by American Trails Staff

See examples of trail design in habitat areas, techniques for managing visitors, trail system planning, habitat restoration, trails as part of habitat conservation, and education on the value of wildlife and habitat.

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posted Sep 8, 2018

Wildlife And Trails Primer - L. Land ownership

by American Trails Staff

Many longer trails cross from one jurisdiction to another. This has ramifications for how the trail is planned and specifically how wildlife issues are considered.

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posted Sep 6, 2018

Access Near Aquatic Trails

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posted Aug 31, 2018

Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind - Introduction

by American Trails Staff

This handbook will help trail planners and builders balance the benefits of creating trails and being stewards of nature, especially wildlife.

  tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Aug 23, 2018

River's Edge National Recreation Trail, Montana

by American Trails Staff

Whether biking, jogging, in-line skating, running or walking is your favorite outdoor activity, the 53 miles of the River's Edge Trail in Great Falls is the perfect venue. The 19 miles of paved urban trail links many local parks and attractions along both sides of the scenic Missouri River.

  tags: greenway, urban trails, shared use, accessibility and accessible trails, mountain biking, wildlife and habitat, snow

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 2, 2018

Trails of Vernon, New Jersey are a Community Effort

A one hour drive from New York City brings you to the bucolic settings of Vernon, New Jersey nestled in at 435’ above sea level. Vernon provides an ideal environment for those that love nature all year round.

  tags: greenway, wildlife and habitat, urban trails

posted Jul 1, 2018

Educating trail users: advice for planning interpretive trail signs and exhibits

by California State Parks, Statewide Trails Section

It’s up to you as a park steward to instill a sense of appreciation for the story that needs to be told – interpretive theme and messages of the trail must be well planned.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, interpretation, signage

posted May 3, 2018

How Greenways Work: A Handbook on Ecology

This is a handbook for those private citizens and public officials all over America who are working to create outdoor recreation opportunities and protect wildlife and our environment by establishing corridors of open space called greenways.

  tags: greenway, wildlife and habitat

posted May 3, 2018

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Conceived as an ecotourism destination, the trail enables exploration of the area by canoe or kayak, while providing an economic boost to surrounding rural communities.

  tags: greenway, wildlife and habitat, water 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

Cascadia Marine Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

This Puget Sound water trail is a network of 55 shoreline campsites for people traveling the Pacific Northwest inland sea in human or wind-powered, beachable watercraft.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

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 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

Bird to Gird National Recreation Trail, Alaska

by American Trails Staff

The Girdwood to Indian Pathway is a 13.3-mile paved trail that provides spectacular views as it parallels the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm below the mountains.

  tags: shared use, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 27, 2018

Campbell Tract Loop Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

A popular Anchorage trail brings Alaskan wilderness to the city.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, greenway

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

Clear Creek Trail, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

by American Trails Staff

This 6.5-mile family-friendly urban trail winds through the scenic Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, providing conservation benefits and recreational opportunities including biking, kayaking and bird watching.

  tags: birding, historic, urban trails, wildlife and habitat, greenway

posted Mar 27, 2018

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

The trail features a variety of historic sites, abundant wildlife, and opportunities for biking, fishing, and canoeing.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, canal, greenway

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

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

Juniata River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Juniata River Water Trail is a component of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of natural wonders, history, culture, and recreation following the path of the historic Main Line Canal.

  tags: birding, interpretation, restoration, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quinebaug River Water Trail - Thompson Lake Section, Connecticut

by American Trails Staff

This five-mile water trail within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Thompson Lake project is an excellent 3-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water and enjoy seeing varied landscapes of forests and fields along with extensive wildlife habitat.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

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

Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk, Columbia, North Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is the site for this wetlands trail near Columbia, North Carolina.

  tags: birding, interpretation, wildlife and habitat

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

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

Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Stretching through the panhandle of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, this water trail system offers over 100 miles of scenic paddling trails.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Aucilla River National Recreation Trail, north Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Aucilla River has a rich history, remarkable geology, and abundant wildlife. Anglers, paddlers, and boaters enjoy exploring this waterway as it courses between banks lined with limestone formations and disappears underground within the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

Blackwater Heritage State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The westernmost rail trail in Florida, it extends from the historic town of Milton north to US Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail passes through pine woods, a cypress/bay swamp, and an area of white-topped pitcher plants. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels a segment of the paved trail.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

Des Moines River Water Trail (North Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (South Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

Econfina River Water Trail, Taylor County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Econfina River offers paddlers a 16-mile journey an intimately-canopied dark water river in the remote Big Bend region of North Florida. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 250-mile water trail along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers in Wisconsin, extending from the City of Green Bay to Portage and ending in Prairie du Chien at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

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

Great Calusa Blueway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail meanders 190 miles along the back bays and wildlife-laden shores of Lee County on Florida’s Gulf coast near Sanibel and Fort Myers. The route provides non-motorized access to Federal, State, and Local preserves and historic sites in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Paddle your way through the mature floodplain forest and rich backwaters of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Housatonic River Walk, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

by American Trails Staff

River Walk was created by community volunteers, and maintained to allow public access to the Housatonic River and to reclaim its banks for the benefit of wildlife and people.

  tags: birding, greenway, interpretation, wildlife and habitat, urban trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Viewing Trail, Stevensville, Montana

by American Trails Staff

150,000 visitors per year use the Wildlilfe Viewing Trail and the adjacent Auto Tour Route on the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lower Cache River Trail, Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

This three-mile paddling and hiking trail is the result of a partnership between Illinois DNR, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy to preserve, restore, and manage a 60,000-acre complex of wetlands.

  tags: birding, preservation, restoration, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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

Mahnomen National Recreation Trail, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge hosts this trail through midwestern habitats.

  tags: wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 26, 2018

Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 35-mile canoe and kayak route through urban reaches of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

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, accessibility and accessible trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8 mile Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail located between Nelson, WI and Wabasha, MN is a treasure of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Niobrara Scenic River, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

This 5.6 mile section of the Niobrara River offers visitors a unique scenic recreational floating experience. The river cuts a deep canyon in the limestone rocks that underlie Nebraska’s famed Sand Hills.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

North Bay National Recreation Trail, St. Petersburg, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The North Bay Trail is a multi-use recreational path that runs along the spectacular waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, fitness, greenway, urban trails

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

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

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 26, 2018

Verchota Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

This 11-mile marked paddling trail near Winona, MN, traverses broad pools, islands, braided channels, and extensive bottomland forest.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Wacissa River Paddling Trail, Jefferson County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Wacissa River is one of the most pristine rivers in Florida with a multitude of springs flowing through a rugged area in Florida's Big Bend region. The Wacissa is a state designated paddling trail and a wonderful place to explore for beginning paddlers or families with children.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat

posted Mar 1, 2018

Improving the California Coastal Trail at Lands End

by Kate Bickert with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Community partnerships enabled improvements to the Coastal Trail at Lands End for safe and accessible recreation that also protects native landscape, plants, and wildlife.

  tags: rehabilitation, wildlife and habitat

posted Feb 19, 2018

Meeting at the Refuge

Refuges close to highly-populated areas provide the greatest opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, wildlife and habitat, birding, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

The Best of Both Worlds

by Robert Spurlock with Metro, Elaine Stewart with Metro, Emily Roth with Portland Park's and Recreation

Improving trails for both wildlife habitat and trail users’ experiences.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, wildlife and habitat

posted Feb 12, 2018

Integrating Habitat and Trails

This webinar examines strategies to include wildlife habitat throughout the trail planning process.

  tags: urban trails, wildlife and habitat, advancing trails webinar series

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