When approaching a trail project, trail designers and local agency representatives often assume their trail will be surfaced with asphalt or perhaps concrete if budget allows. These are some of the most common and acceptable materials used on trails. But this may not be what local residents had in mind when the trail idea was initially conceived. Or, local residents may not have considered the trail surface until a specific surface was proposed, and then suddenly everyone has an opinion. Trails typically serve a transportation function but most trail users do not want a trail to appear as a mini-roadway. This often leads designers into an exploration of possible trail surfacing options, as laid out in this guide.