Benefits of Trails
Trails create a host of benefits, from more opportunities for exercise and transportation to an outsized economic impact on communities.
Legislation and advocacy at the federal, state and local levels are critical to building support and securing vital funding for trail development.
In the trail planning and construction phases, specific standards and measurements are crucial. Find relevant resources here.
Once a trail is built—lighting, public art, signage and other great amenities can really enhance the trail experience for commuters and families.
Trail managers are faced with a variety of challenges and opportunities, from reducing user conflicts, to general maintenance, to conducting user studies.
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.
Communities around the country are responding to resident demand for new trails. View this growing selection of project plans and case studies.
Recognizing and highlighting excellent trails—and the people who make them possible—is part of our daily work.