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Benefits of Trails

Trails create a host of benefits, from more opportunities for exercise and transportation to an outsized economic impact on communities.

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Policy

Legislation and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels are critical to building support and securing vital funding for trail development.

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Trail Building

In the trail planning and construction phases, specific standards and measurements are crucial. Find relevant resources here. 

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Trail Enhancements

Once a trail is built—lighting, public art, signage and other great amenities can really enhance the trail experience for commuters and families.

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Trail Management

Trail managers are faced with a variety of challenges and opportunities, from reducing user conflicts, to general maintenance, to conducting user studies.

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Trail Planning

Trail planners often need general planning and design guidelines, whether the project is on a former rail corridor, along a canal or next to an active rail line.

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Trail Projects

Communities around the country are responding to resident demand for new trails. View this growing selection of project plans and case studies.

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Trail Promotion

Recognizing and highlighting excellent trails—and the people who make them possible—is part of our daily work.

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